Amitabh Bachchan: Bollywood star's 10 million Twitter followers

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan speaks during a promotional event in Mumbai on July 21, 2014. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Amitabh Bachchan is prolific on social media and is the most followed user on Twitter in India

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has crossed over 10 million followers on Twitter.

The actor is prolific on the microblogging site and is the most followed user on Twitter in India.

The 71-year-old star, who has acted in more than 180 films, recently made his Hollywood debut in a new adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

He also hosts the hugely popular Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

A waxwork of Bachchan at Madame Tussauds was the first to be made of an Indian actor.

In 2012, he carried the Olympic flame in London, a day before the opening ceremony.

Bachchan is social media-savvy and regularly uses Facebook and Twitter to connect with his millions of fans and his official Facebook page has more than 15 million likes.

"The actor is known for his versatility on the platform [Twitter], and has kept his fans entertained by frequently Tweeting on moments of national and international importance, sharing moments from his personal and professional life in real life, and connecting with his fans personally by replying to them directly on Twitter through over 33,000 Tweets till now," Twitter said in a statement.

"10 MILLION !! ON TWITTER !! YEEAAAHH !! Thank you all that follow me .. ! Next target 20 !!" an ecstatic Bachchan tweeted on Sunday.

Many of his fans also took to the microblogging site to congratulate the actor.

"10 million worldwide Twitter Followers Love, admire and respect You Mr Amitabh Bachchan. We love You Sir," tweeted Moses Sapir.

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