Bachchan humbled by London 2012 torch turn
London (AFP): Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan said he felt proud and honoured by an “indescribable” experience after he carried the Olympic flame as thousands of people cheered him on in London on Thursday.
The 69-year-old Indian actor brought the torch through Southwark in south London as Olympic excitement reached fever pitch in the capital one day before the opening ceremony.
The streets were packed with people cheering and taking pictures as the “Big B” jogged past.
“Faced many situations where enormity of crowd and its response was unbelievable. But today with Olympic torch it was indescribable,” he tweeted afterwards.
“It is not a flame you hold, it is the pride of 1.25 billion people of India.
“In times when humanity tears each other apart, it was special to be in an event that brought communities together… beyond all else.”
Bachchan said he had been invited by London Games chairman Sebastian Coe.
He wore the torchbearers’ white tracksuit and the number 063 — his position among the 173 people who were to carry the torch Thursday.
“This is an incredible honour, humbling and so full of pride and emotion,” he wrote on his blog.
“A moment to be hopefully remembered by the grandchildren.”
The relay will culminate at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium on Friday, but the final torchbearer remains a closely guarded secret.