Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan carried the Olympic torch in Southwark, London, on Thursday morning, a day before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Dna India reported the 69-year-old Bollywood legend carried the Olympic torch for 300-meters, running and occasionally walking, to the cheers of hundreds of fans. Bachchan was part of Thursday's relay team which included UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
Bachcan said he was "honoured" to carry the flag in what was "a proud moment for me and the country" the BBC reported.
Prior to his participation in the Olympic torch relay Bachchan alerted his fans to the honour via Twitter. Emirates 247 reported Bachchan tweeted on Wednesday "OK !! HERE IT IS : Have been invited by London Olympic Organizing Committee to carry the torch in the relay tomorrow."
Writing on his blog Bachchan expressed his delight with the upcoming games, saying "Olympics have reformed the entire airport here in London. There are only smiling faces and attendants on help mode at every yard almost. There is massive traffic, but also efficient management to not allow delays and human jams.”
The Times of India gushed with delight over Bachchans involvement in the ceremonies, proudly writing "there definitely couldn't be a bigger honour for our country that the biggest and most respected superstar Mr. Bachchan is a part of the biggest and most respected sports event of the world!"