London 2012: Amitabh Bachchan carries Olympic torch in Southwark

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Amitabh Bachchan carries Olympic torch in Southwark
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Bollywood superstar and iconic actor Amitabh Bachchan has carried the Olympic torch in London’s Southwark on July 26, just hours before London 2012 Olympic Games begin in the capital.

“OK !! HERE IT IS - Have been invited by London Olympic Organizing Committee to carry the torch in the relay tomorrow…” said Bachchan on Twitter.

Bachchan, 69, covered a total distance of 300 metres with the Olympic torch in Southwark council, a district in South London, England on Thursday.

“Honored to be asked to carry the Olympic Torch in London at Southwark around 10:30 AM !! A proud moment for me and country!” Bachchan added on the microblogging site, Twitter.

Torchbearers from across the globe have been part of the 32.7-mile long Olympic Torch Relay. It includes Lewis Hamilton, Jim Anderson, Darren Fitzpatrick, Emily Gibbs, Abdulla Algurg, Permie Dadhiala, Michael Vaughan, Mario Pescante and Tom Davis among others.

Bachchan is the latest superstar from India who has added an Indian touch to London 2012 Olympic Games.

Indian music veteran A.R. Rahman has collaborated with English film director Danny Boyle to compose a Punjabi Bhangra track for the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony.

Rahman’s composition will be about celebrating Indian influence in the UK.

“It's a part of a medley in the Olympics opening ceremony, according to Danny Boyle's creative wishes!” the misic maestro said on his Facebook page a month ago.

It is also reported that South Indian music sensation Illayaraaja’s music will also feature in the Opening ceremony event.

The London 2012 Games Opening Ceremony is titled “Isles of Wonder” and is directed by Boyle. The worldwide broadcast will commence at 9pm (BST) on July 27, 2012. A total of 15,000 performers will take part in the Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies watched by an estimated audience of four billion.

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