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In Egypt, India is Amitabh, Amitabh Bachchan is India

IANS | April 26, 2014, 03:06 PM IST
in egypt india is amitabh amitabh bachchan is india

Cairo : It's known that Amitabh Bachchan is popular in Egypt but the extent of this can only be gauged when an Indian lands in Egypt, the land of pyramids and one of the world's oldest civilisations, just like India.

Soon after this IANS correspondent landed at Cairo International Airport one hot April afternoon, the local guide introduced herself with the greeting: "Welcome to Egypt, my Indian friend! You are from the land of Amitabh Bachchan."

Asked if the Big B was that popular in this north African nation, she said: "For us, Amitabh Bachchan is India and India is Amitabh Bachchan. I am 34 now but I have been watching Amitabh Bachchan films since I was 16-17 years old."

What about the likes of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan?

"Well, Salman is an active one (meaning action hero) but Amitabh Bachchan is Amitabh Bachchan," she said.

She was not alone. From Cairo to Alexandria to Luxor to Hurghada, from airport trolley-pullers to hotel bellboys to hawkers to cabbies - the sight of an Indian immediately invoked the Bollywood megastar's name.



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