Amitabh Bachchan carries Olympic torch, wishes luck to Indian contingent

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday carried the Olympic torch at Southwark in London, a day before the opening ceremony of the sporting spectacle. The 69-year-old actor in a white track suit covered a 300m distance running and walking occasionally and waved at the cheering crowd, as the Olympic Games torch relay entered the 69th day.

Speaking about his experience, Big B said that he never ever dreamed that he would do something like this. “I think it's a great honour to be asked to carry the torch,” said Bachchan.

The Bollywood megastar was however candid to admit that not many knew him, but they knew the torch that he was carrying and that's really what was more significant and important. “Yes, there is an Indian community and they know me through my films, but I think the torch and its value and its significance is what really matters in the Olympics,” said Bachchan in a television interview, wishing the Indian contingent a huge success in the Games.

“I hope we do well. We have gradually been making a progress as far as sports are concerned. I hope we do well and my best wishes to all of them,” said Big B.