Actor Amitabh Bachchan recently visited Krakow, Poland, for the
Off Plus Camera Film Festival. The actor who was accompanied by
wife Jaya Bachchan and daughter Shweta, was honoured by the Poles
by immortalizing his handprints. He was also given the key to the
city of Krakow.
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Amitabh's handprints were taken for engraving it on the pavement that runs along the great castle. The actor wrote on his blog, “My hand prints for the plaque to be placed on the pavement that runs along the great castle. Michael Jackson there too. A pink liquid preparation is mixed and put into that little square depth and hands asked to be put into it without moving. After some time that pink thick liquid starts to turn white in color and that is when they tell you to remove the hands …. the imprint remains!"
Amitabh Bachchan was also presented the key to the city, the actor informed that he was honoured for being the son of Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He expressed his pride by penning it down in his blog, “The Mayor, the palace of his office and the 'key to the city of Krakow". A moment of great pride. Not for me but for who"s son I was and which nation I came from .. Many ask what special privileges come along with the key. I was once decorated similarly by the administration in New Jersey by the senator in charge and I asked him the same question. What are the specialities of having the key to the city. And he replied - 'If you were to be pulled up for speeding on any highway in the state, then the officer would make sure that you were escorted to the nearest police station with utmost dignity !!!"
Amitabh also uttered a few words from his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poem at the Krakow University. The consul-general of Poland in Mumbai, Janusz Wach, told Mid Day, "It is an incredible privilege for the organisers of this film festival to have a superstar like Amitabh Bachchan to be a part of their celebrations. Also, in the context of poetry, it is worth noting that Krakow is the city linked with two Polish poets Nobel Prize winners in literature (Czeslaw Milosz 1980; Wislawa Szymborska 1996). Hence, there is a beautiful synergy between the cultures of the two nations."
Amitabh Bachchan also visited the Wieliczka salt mines in Krakow. Reportedly, actor was supposed to visit the place with his family last year, but couldn't make it, this year he was invited for the Off Plus Camera Film Fest.
We at Oneindia congratulate Amitabh Bachchan for receiving the honour at the Poland.