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Amitabh Bachchan elated with Maharashtrian of the Year award

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was conferred with Lokmat Maanbindu Award yesterday, is elated to have received the 'Maharashtrian of the Year' Award. Bollywood star Big B, who had earlier said that he wished to produce quality films in Marathi through his production house AB Corp, has produced the much acclaimed Vihir.

Amitabh Bachchan took to his Twitter page to share his excitement about the honour. The actor tweeted, "And today among all the thoughts another award - The Maharashtrian of the Year, the 'Maanbindu', for me from the President of India," Big B further wrote, "Have spent 3/4th of my life, 42 years in my 70, in this city and state...all that I have today has come to me from Mumbai."

Big B also got emotional as it was his mother Teji Bachchan's death anniversary yesterday. She died of prolonged illness at the age of 93, in December 2007. "I am late but not without cause and reason …I live with my Mother today, her death anniversary... a strong, loving, encouraging Ma. Her spirit of never giving up against all odds, her compassion in times of defeat in us, but her confidence of all being well.. amazing," PTI quotes Bachchan as saying.

The Mega star added, "She lost her own mother when she was a few weeks old, but never failed in giving us what a mother meant. In thoughts with my Mother, in her teachings and love, in her strength of character and compassion, understanding and encouragement."

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