The statue of Amitabh Bachchan is kept inside a big glass box. People burst firecrackers and danced during the ceremony. Internet security engineer Gopi Seth told ‘PTI-Bhasha’, he is no less than a god to me and my wife.
Washington: An Indian-origin family has installed a life-size statue of actor Amitabh Bachchan at their home in Edison, New Jersey.
The statue at the residence of Rinku and Gopi Seth in Edison was formally unveiled by the prominent community leader Albert Jasani.
During this, around 600 people gathered outside Rinku and Gopi Seth’s house. Edison is often referred to as ‘Little India’ due to the large population of American citizens of Indian descent.
The statue is kept inside a big glass box. People burst firecrackers and danced during the ceremony. Internet security engineer Gopi Seth told ‘PTI-Bhasha’, he is no less than a god to me and my wife. Seth said, the biggest thing that inspires me about him is not only his reel life but also his real life… how he behaves among people, how he interacts… you all Few know about them.
He is attached to the ground. He takes care of his fans. He is not like other actors. So I thought that there should be a statue of him outside my house.
Seth, who arrived in the US from Dahod in eastern Gujarat in 1990, has been running the website of ‘Big B Extended Family’ for the last three decades. He said that this website is a repository of fans of Amitabh Bachchan across the world.
The database has been shared with the 79-year-old Bollywood superstar. According to Seth, Bachchan knows about the statue. Seth said that the actor told him that he did not deserve such respect.
The statue depicts Bachchan sitting in a ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ style, specially designed and built in Rajasthan and then sent to the US. Seth said the entire work cost over US$75,000 (about Rs 60 lakh).
Seth said that he had been a big fan of the actor since he first met ‘his god’ during Navratri celebrations in New Jersey in 1991. He said, “Bachchan sahib calls his fans and supporters his extended family. “In America, there are a lot of challenges in setting up a statue and it was very difficult,” he said.