Demotion is toughest battle of celebrityhood, says Big B

Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Lauded and applauded for his performances over a span of four decades, globally popular Indian cine icon Amitabh Bachchan believes the “toughest battle” a celebrity faces is demotion — a phenomena which takes guts to come to terms with.

“Celebrityhood is no different from a champion…It is the toughest battle that celebrity faces…lauded and applauded with unprecedented love and affection one day and then another day its all gone…gone to another.

“You need the strength of a bull a skin of a rhino and the roar of a lion to understand the phenomena that unfolds…it needs guts to withstand the demotion, to seek its acceptance with grace and dignity…and to realise before long, its presence and its eventuality,” the cine icon, who has been given the epithet of Bollywood’s ‘shahenshah’, posted on his blog.

His views came in the wake of Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic’s iconic win over Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the men’s singles final of Wimbledon — and he drew parallels of the situation with the life of every celebrity.

India has had a golden end to this year’s Wimbledon as it clinched three titles. Where Sania Mirza won the women doubles title on Saturday, the win percentage doubled on Sunday when Leander Paes won the mixed doubles and Sumit Nagal took the junior doubles trophy.

However, Amitabh said “the game of the day” was the Djokovic and Federer match, which was a “battle between giants, warriors, legends, absolute masters of the game”.

Commenting on the clash, the 72-year-old shared: “Novak wins, but the one he beat was one he looked up to as a tennis professional…Federer a master, a champion like no other, a decorated winner several times, facing the rush and cheers of glory during all the past championships..but today relegated to 2nd position.”

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