On Thursday, 26th July 2012, Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan proudly carried the Olympic Torch during its final relay leg around London before the much-awaited Games opening ceremony on Friday, 27th July. The superstar actor, dressed in official Olympic Torch Relay attire and his participant number of ‘63’ emblazoned on the front, was relaxed and joyous as he took to the streets of Southwark in London, to play his part in making history.
The stately Mr. Bachchan took hold of the lit torch from his predecessor at 10.57am. After a gentlemanly handshake, he began by walking with the iconic symbol. Mr. Bachchan quickly picked up pace as he jogged the 0.17 mile route from Southwark along Peckham Road and Bellenden Road, all the while waving and smiling at the hundreds of adoring fans who had lined the streets to see their idol. As his relay neared its end, he handed the flame to the next participant.
Speaking about the historic moment, Amitabh Bachchan said: “I never thought I’d represent India for this. I’m so very proud to have done this and to be leaving a legacy behind for my grandchildren.”
He continued: “I am overwhelmed with the support that I have received in London. The Olympic Games symbolise peace, harmony and community spirit and by inviting me to be a part of this, the organisers are bringing communities together from around the world. This is indeed a great honour for me, the people of India and the film industry.”
One of the world’s most prominent and critically acclaimed actors, Amitabh Bachchan has over 180 films, numerous awards and plaudits to his credit. In a BBC poll he was voted the Superstar of the Millennium and he was the first Indian film star to have his wax figure at the famous Madame Tussauds in London. Amitabh Bachchan will soon be making his Hollywood film debut alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, releasing in December 2012.
The London 2012 Olympic Games Torch Relay will forever cement his place in history as an accomplished actor, icon and now Olympic torch bearer.
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