Fan frenzy outside Amitabh Bachchan's house on his 70th birthday
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As the living legend of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan turned 70 today, family, friends and fans pulled out all stops to make his birthday a memorable
The entrance of his bungalow Jalsa at suburban Vile Parle was adorned with garlands and hundreds of people from different walks of life gathered outside his house to catch a glimpse of the iconic actor and wish him a long life.
Starstruck fans from various cities like Haryana and Punjab queued up here since morning and were seen performing 'hawans' (prayers) and distributing sweets on the occasion.
Some of them were wearing T-shirts bearing pictures of the veteran actor. A few were chanting and singing names of all his films in a parody: "'Saat Hindustani un mein se ek 'Sharabi', jiska naam tha 'Anand' jo gaya 'Bombay to Goa' aur ban gaya 'Don'", as an ode to his timeless stardom.
The fan frenzy is not only limited to his birthday but it is a phenomenon that has not changed over the years as the crowd gathers outside Bachchan's home every Sunday.
His followers have only multiplied since the '6pm wave-out' tradition began many years ago. When the megastar is in Mumbai and not filming, he steps out and waves to the screaming fans.
Today, the 70-year-old waved to the fans from his car while he was heading to the Seven Hills hospital in Andheri where he received a mobile diabetes testing unit as his birthday present from the British Deputy High Commissioner.
The mobile unit has been named after Bachchan, who is Silver Star charity's international patron and has been instrumental in raising diabetes awareness in India.
Another highlight of the day is an art exhibition entitled 'B Seventy' at Worli which features creations by 70 Indian artists from around the world, offering their best interpretation of the Bollywood legend and his film career.
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