Amitabh’s Virtual Death
Arguably Bollywood’s biggest superstar, Amitabh Bachchan has enjoyed many unique experiences. Recently, however, he’s been privy to something truly unique – the opportunity to comment on his own death.
Earlier this week, rumours began circulating that the 69-year-old actor had perished in a car crash. RJ1200, Vancouver’s Bollywood station, was inundated with calls asking about the beloved star’s status. Eventually, the rumours were traced back to a fraudulent blog.
Interestingly enough, Bachchan is not the first Indian star to be debunking his own death. Earlier this year, the alleged demise of songstress Lata Mangeshkar caused an uproar. Just last week, rumours were also circulating that ‘60s heartthrob Rajesh Khanna had died while hospitalized for exhaustion in Bandra.
The misleading blog was surprisingly detailed. It claimed the accident occurred on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell in New Jersey, and the star’s death was instantaneous. The post even included a picture of an overturned car and details about the funeral, noting it would be closed casket due to the severity of injuries.
Bachchan, the “angry young man” of Hindi cinema, started his career in the early 1970s and has since appeared in over 180 Indian films. His numerous honors include three National Film Awards and 14 Filmfare Awards.
His alleged death should have been spotted as a hoax immediately as the same stretch of road had earlier claimed Justin Bieber, Usher, David Beckham, Eddie Murphy, DJs Tiesto and David Guetta, wrestler John Cena, Kiss legend Ace Frehley, reggae man Sizzla Kalonji and rappers Vanilla Ice and Mac Miller, among others.
Bachchan is an active tweeter, but so far hasn’t commented on his reported passing. However, considering the interest the story has attracted, it seems not even death could ruin his reputation.