Saurabh Nimbkar and his guitar are daily and familiar sight on Mumbai's local trains but one fine Sunday, he was accompanied by a very unfamiliar sight indeed. It started out as a regular day for both Saurabh and the commuters he sings for to raise funds for cancer patients. It was swiftly made special by the unexpected presence of actor Amitabh Bachchan. (Also Read: We Are Born Without Class, Creed, Social Definition: Amitabh Bachchan)
Saurabh was featured on Aaj Ki Raat Zindagi, the TV show Big B hosts, and was both surprised and thrilled to find an epilogue to his story. The 73-year-old star clapped along as Saurabh strummed his guitar. He also sang a snatch of his own very popular song, Rang Barse. When Twitter found out, #BigBAurHeroKaSafar began trending.
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On his blog, Big B writes that the journey was not a 'PR exercise' and "was executed quietly without Saurabh's knowledge, as a surprise for him and for the many that travel daily with him."
This is Saurabh's story in Amitabh Bachchan's words: "Saurabh Nimbkar, sitting to my left in the picture, that came on our show #AKRHZ, plays the guitar and sings on local trains and collects the meagre money he gets from co-passengers, to distribute to the less fortunate cancer patients and their families, in the city. His story was heart breaking, I felt I would want to sit by him and travel the distance he does, do what he does, in a show of support and spirit for his incredible thinking."