In February 2009, Abhishek Bachchan created a world record for the maximum number of cities visited by a film star in 12 hours, setting the stage, making him the first Indian film star to be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. He was presented with the Guinness Record by Yash Chopra at the Chevrolet Apsara Awards presentation ceremony held in Mumbai recently.
An excited Abhishek Bachchan shares, “I’m quite excited by the success, more so because it has been done for a film that’s so close to my heart. I am delighted to receive this honor at the prestigious Apsara Awards in front of the entire film industry. The issues addressed by Delhi 6 are relevant and have a strong message for our countrymen. This record I’d dedicate to the people of India.”
Will Smith was the first to make it in the Guinness World Record for his movie Hitch for making the maximum number of public appearances by a film star at different cities in 12 hours promoting their film. Jargen Vogel and Daniel Bruhl (Germany) broke Will Smith’s record and now Abhishek Bachchan takes the mantle.
The whirlwind set of appearances were done under strict Guinness World Record guidelines and the current record was equaled within five hours, broken in eight hours and by the time 12 hours had lapsed, Abhishek had visited 7 cities further extending the challenge. The last two cities took more than six hours.
The record-breaking whirlwind tour, to promote his latest release Delhi 6, began on 22nd February, Sunday in the afternoon at 12.05 pm in Ghaziabad in the presence of world media; Abhishek started his unique tour travelling to as many events in as many cities as possible within 12 hours. Other cities covered included Noida, Faridabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Mumbai.
In every city witnesses were identified, as per Guinness World Record norms, and these included corporate executives, bureaucrats, police officials, and mall owners. Ernst & Young’s auditors served as witnesses to the effort and Wizcraft International organized the Guinness World Record breaking endeavor. He was chartered across cities by BJETS.