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01-31-2009, 03:23 PM #1
It TOOK ME 46 years to GET Dilip Kumar's AUTOGRAPH: Amitabh
New Delhi (PTI): Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan had to wait for 46 years before he could get the autograph of his idol, Dilip Kumar.
In his latest blog entry, Bachchan who called Dilip Kumar as an institution in himself talks about how he as a child had unsuccessfully attempted to get an autograph from his superstar and had to wait for the premiere his film "Black" to finally get hold of one.
"I remember the first time I ever saw him in 1960. I had come to Bombay as a visitor with my parents...our hosts had taken us out to visit some of the awe inspiring sights and locations of this great city...It was a prominent restaurant, in now what is commonly referred to as South Bombay, where Dilip Kumar, the Dilip Kumar, walked in," wrote the actor in his blog.
Urged by the elders and eager to go up and greet him and to ask him to oblige them with an autograph, Bachchan ran out of the restaurant to a nearby stationary store to buy an autograph book.
"Out of breath with excitement and apprehension, I walked back to the legend and softly put up my request. Poised statue like, hand extended with the book, I repeated my quivering words to him. He remained unmoved. Either to me or to the book.
"In a short while, he turned and left. I followed his departure, book in hand and a little embarrassed and self conscious and disappointed, returned to my seat, consoled by the elders with me not to take it personally. He may not have noticed you, or perhaps he was too busy with what was transpiring between him and is friends. I understood with some trepidation. End of meeting with Dilip Kumar," the actor cum keen blogger said.