Dileep is a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan.
During his college days in Aluva, he used to bunk class and watch Bachchan movies. In 1995 at a function he saw his `hero` in flesh and blood for the first time, but could not get an autograph.
Dileep joined the Malayalam film industry as an assistant to famous director Kamal and later became hero in one of the films he directed. After becoming a big hero, he still had the burning desire to meet Mr Bachchan.
It became a reality at the Asianet Award last year, where Amitabh Bachchan was the chief guest. There he was introduced to Big B as a "crazy fan" and they bonded, and Dileep told him that he wants a "role in a film he does."
And in July this year he got an opportunity to be featured with his idol Amitabh Bachchan in the Malayalam version of the ad for Kalyan Jewellers.
Says an emotional Dileep: "I spent two days with Amitabhji for the ad and was touched by his humbleness and the way he went out of the way to make me comfortable. No wonder he is the real superstar of the Indian cinema. I will treasure those two days I spent with him and on his 70th birthday I wish him long life and happiness."