The legendary figure of Indian Cinema, Sir Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942. This year, he turned 73. He is regarded as the most influential actor. Dubbed as the “Angry Young Man“, he has been ruling the Bollywood industry for over 4 decades now. He is been honored with many number of awards, right from Filmfare Awards to Padma Shri in the year 1984, Padma Bhushan in the year 2001 and Padma Vibhushan in the year 2015. Here are some interesting facts about Amitabh Bachchan. Have a look.
1. Fact 1
He was given the name, Inquilaab. But, his father, Dr. Harivansh Rai later modified the name to Amitabh after the suggestion of Sumitranandan Pant, the fellow poet. His surname was initially Shrivastava. His father embraced the pen name Bachchan. And, thus, Amitji is Amitabh Bachchan.
2. Fact 2
He did his education from Kirori Mal College. He was awarded double master degree in the stream of Arts. He was very ambitious to be a part of IAF (Indian Air Force). But, unfortunately, he couldn’t make into it. He grab his first job in Shaw Wallace. He had even spent some nights on the benches in the Marine Drive of Mumbai before he did his debut as the voice narrator in the year 1969 in Mrinal Sen’s directed film, Bhuvan Shome.
3. Fact 3
He appeared for audition test in All India Radio and was rejected. His debut in acting was his only black & white movie, named “Saat Hindustani“. He was given Rs. 1000/- for this movie. There were 12 consecutive flop movies given by the megastar prior to the blockbuster movie, Zanjeer. His life had completely transformed after Zanjeer. He worked as a television presenter, a film producer and a playback singer all throughout his career.
4. Fact 4
He is the founder of ABCL, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited in the year 1996. Miss World beauty peagant in the year 1996 was sponsored by ABCL in Bangalore. But, it lost millions of money. And operations of ABCL collapsed in the year 1997. “Prateeksha”, his bungalow was held back by the Bombay High Court in the year 1999 to pay back the loan.
5. Fact 5
Amitabh Bachchan is a teetotaler. He is ambidextrous and a vegetarian. He is known as the “One Man Industry” by Francois Truffaut, the French director. He is known to be the “hottest vegetarian” in the year 2012 by PETA India. People started calling him Big B after his comeback in the movie, “Mrityudaata”. Amitji has always been a legendary megastar.
These are some interesting facts about the legend, Amitabh Bachchan. Please feel free to share some more points on Big B in the section given below.