In February 2000, the big B was crowned Superstar of The Millennium for his sterling performances over the years. Cheered by his fans Amithabh walked on to the stage to the strains of 'Main Hoon Don' to be honoured with the award by Shatrughan Sinha. The thunderous applause was dimmed only when a million flames errupted in a dazzling display of fireworks.
The term superstar was first coined for Bachchan, Hindi cinema's most enduring icon. When compere Manoj Bajpai asked him what advice he would give his son Abhishek, who was on the threshold of his acting career, Bachchan senior didn't quite reply to the question. However, he gave a beautifully-worded thanksgiving speech, expressing his gratitude to film folk beginning with K A Abbas and Hrishikesh Mukherjee to Karan Johar. He also had a word of thanks for ``the people out there right at the back''.