Amitabh Bachchan Recalls 9/11 Experience

On the 16th anniversary of 9/11 terror attack, the superstar Amitabh Bachchan recalled his experience of the horrific incident and penned it down in his blog. The 74-year-old actor unveiled how he wasn’t allowed to board a flight to Los Angeles, where he was shooting for film Kaante. Big B wrote that he had taken a flight from Cairo to Los Angeles via London but when the attacks took place in the US, an announcement was made before boarding the flight that he will have to take a connecting flight to LA from New York. Mr. Bachchan told as he dutifully waited in the long queue to board the flight, he received a frantic call from his daughter Shweta Nanda, who asked him to get to a TV set immediately and watch the news.

He continued describing his experience of fear that broke out saying, “I did not have time to ask why, and I think it was quite obvious that something important and serious was happening.. also immediately there was a sudden commotion in the entire airport… people were moving about rather rapidly in all directions, some with muffled screams and a large portion of them running to the large TV screen at the terminal.”

He said that he saw one plane hitting the World Trade Center on TV.

He added further details “Motionless and in shock and stunned silence, people watched the second plane go in too and it was a most unexplainable situation… some had anger written all over them, some were in tears, others were frantically making calls…”

He continued telling how he just stood there for a while stunned and then quietly walked across to his gate to board the flight. He boarded the flight, taxied off and then the plane turned back and an announcement was made that all the flights to and from the US blocked and stopped. Because of the tensed situation, he had to stay in a hotel for three days and he calls them treacherous days as he didn’t move from his room and only watched TV to know more about the horrific incident. He watched the news on 9/11, talks and debates and all the details of what and why and where and how. He stayed there until he received clearance to travel.

“A Sad Moment.” Quoted Amitabh, Indeed it was.

He adds further that after a few years later when he was on a visit to New York, had driven past the site where preparations were being done to rebuild the spot with a memorial.. So much has changed since… in our lives and in the history of the world !!”

On September 11, 2001, the dreadful terror attack killed 2500 people and injured 6,000 people.