What’s the toughest battle of celebrityhood? Ask Big B

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Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Scrutinising Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic’s iconic win over Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the men’s singles final of Wimbledon, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said in the battle of “legends”, one needs “guts to withstand the demotion” and accept defeat with “grace and dignity”.

India has had a golden end to this year’s Wimbledon as it clinched three titles. Where Sania Mirza won the women doubles title on Saturday, the win percentage doubled on Sunday when Leander Paes won the mixed doubles and Sumit Nagal took the junior doubles trophy.

However, Amitabh said “the game of the day” was the Djokovic and Federer match, which was a “battle between giants, warriors, legends, absolute masters of the game”.

Talking about the clash, the 72-year-old explained: “Novak wins, but the one he beat was one he looked up to as a tennis professional…Federer a master, a champion like no other, a decorated winner several times, facing the rush and cheers of glory during all the past championships..but today relegated to 2nd position.”

The “Piku” star then drew parallels of the situation with the real life of any celebrity.

“Celebrityhood is no different from a champion…It is the toughest battle that celebrity faces…lauded and applauded with unprecedented love and affection one day and then another day its all gone…gone to another.

“You need the strength of a bull a skin of a rhino and the roar of a lion to understand the phenomena that unfolds…it needs guts to withstand the demotion, to seek its acceptance with grace and dignity…and to realise before long, its presence and its eventuality,” added the cine icon, who has regaled Hindi film buffs for over four decades.

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