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Friday, April 07, 2006
New Delhi (UNI): His has been a largely unsung journey, from a humble middle class background to being one of the topmost stars on the Bollywood skyway. Notwithstanding his memorable performances over the years in Woh Saat Din, Eeshwar, Mr India, Tezaab, Ram Lakhan, Taal, Calcutta Mail, Musafir and Chocolate, media limelight has always eluded Bollywood star Anil Kapoor.
Infact, despite being among the top rung of stars all through the 80s and the 90s, the period when an "Amitabh Bachchan wave" swept through Bollywood, Anil Kapoor has always preferred to maintain a low profile, instead letting his work do all the speaking. The recent weeks have, however, seen this "media shy" actor suddenly catapulted into International limelight. The actor was last month appointed as a global ambassador for South Africa.
The appointment of Anil Kapoor as South Africa's Global ambassador was made by South Africa Tourism at a function in the last week of March. A clearly overwhelmed Anil Kapoor said the honour was an extremely humbling experience for him. Earlier, in February, Anil kapoor was publicly felicitated by South Africa's president Thobo Mbeki on the occasion of the country's national day, a rare honour for a Bollywood actor. In a speech in South African Parliament, Mr Mbeki said his country was honoured to have Anil Kapoor as its new Global ambassador.
Then, last week, the International Indian film academy and the Fame Multiplexes added Anil Kapoor to the second edition of the "IIFA wall of fame" by chronicling his life and career. The tribute featured special memorabilia, trophies, costumes, movie posters and collection of photographs spanning Anil Kapoor's childhood days, family friends and candid shots from his shootings.
The first IIFA wall of fame was launched in June last year with a tribute to Superstar Amitabh Bachchan. Adding to Anil Kapoor's list of accolades was Hollywood star Will Smith recently showering effusive praise on the actor on watching a showreel of his latest home production venture Mahatma Vs gandhi, starring Akshay Khanna and directed by theatreperson Feroz Khan. Emerging from the screening of the film, Will Smith is said to have commented that he simply loved what he saw.