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Amitabh Bachchan's City of Joy: Chowringhee to Howrah Bridge Via Shyambazar

  | November 07, 2014 21:52 IST (New Delhi)
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These images were posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog.

Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who is in Kolkata shooting for director Shoojit Sircar's Piku, pedaled around the city's neighbourhood

Actor Amitabh Bachchan cycling around the City of Joy is a rare spectacle that local citizenry have turned out in large numbers to witness. (Also read: Amitabh Bachchan on Living in Kolkata on Salary of Rs 480)

Mr Bachchan, who is in Kolkata shooting for director Shoojit Sircar's Piku, pedaled around the city's Shyambazar neighbourhood, home to a statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose astride a rearing horse.
 


This image was posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog

Nobody was allowed to get up close and personal but a ring of Kolkatans formed a perimeter around the shoot location, watching as a hatted and sweatered Mr Bachchan cycled alongside a typically ramshackle local bus.
 


This image was posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog

As Mr Bachchan whizzed up a tram line, Kolkata cops kept fans at bay behind him.
 


This image was posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog

Previously, Amitabh Bachchan and his cycle were spotted on and around Chowringhee. In one picture, two iconic and fast-disappearing modes of Kolkata transport are seen behind him - a tram and a hand-pulled rickshaw.
 


This image was posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog


This image was posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog

This morning, Mr Bachchan and the rest of Piku's cast and crew were up at the crack of dawn to film at a historic Kolkata landmark:


These images posted on Amitabh Bachchan's blog provide more glimpses of his look and that of his co-stars Deepika Padukone (who plays his daughter) and Irrfan Khan.
 


These images were posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog

Mr Bachchan and director Shoojit Sircar also posed for a picture with Bengali superstar Prosenjit.
 


This image was posted by Amitabh Bachchan on his blog

For Amitabh Bachchan, this is a homecoming of sorts. The actor lived and worked in Kolkata in the Sixties, before heading to Bollywood to make it big in showbiz. He has written fondly of his time in the city on his blog, recalling eating puchkas at Victoria Memorial, haunting Park Street hotspots Trincas, Blue Fox and Mocambo and watching movies at Lighthouse cinema.

If he were to venture to Park Street and Victoria Memorial now, he might find that not very much has changed since those golden years.



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