BIG B Turns 76!

  • 10 Oct 2018

The Big B, as actor Amitabh Bachchan is fondly referred to as by the film industry, turned 76 on October 11. Popularly known as the 'Shahenshah of Bollywood', Big B has also been called the star of the millennium.

Here are some interesting facts about India’s original Angry Young Man:

1. Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava Bachchan, (yes, his surname is actually Shrivastava. His father took Bachchan as his pen name) which was adopted by his family.

2. His father named him Amitabh which means unlimited brilliance. The other name that was chosen for him was Inquilab which meant revolution.
3. He can write equally with both his hand
4. He wanted to join the Air Force and wanted to become an engineer. He has done a double Master’s Degree in Arts, from Delhi.
5. Though he is famous for his baritone(voice), he was ironically rejected by All India Radio.

6. His debut film was Saath Hindustani, and he gave a string of 12 flops before Zanjeer became a hit.
7. He was supported by Mehmood in his days of struggle & he lived in Mehmood’s home.

8. He was shooting for Coolie in Bangalore when he received a call at 2 am. On the line was Smita Patil who was concerned about his wellbeing & asked if all was well as she had a bad dream. The next day he was involved in the infamous accident on the sets of Coolie.

9. He was named as Vijay in more than 20 films. His second famous name was Amit.
10. In 1984, he entered politics and won a seat in the Indian Parliament. But he resigned in 1987, as politics was not his forte. His popularity also decreased during this time.

11. In a poll that was conducted by BBC News, Amitabh won the title of ‘Actor of the Millennium’ by beating stars like Sean Connery, Charlie Chaplin & Marlon Brando.

12. He started his own entertainment Production Company, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited in 1995, which had hosted Miss World 1996, some movies, etc. But the company ran into losses, potential bankruptcy, but Amitabh did not dupe his investors. He requested work from Yash Chopra, also found Kaun Banega Crorepati, and paid his dues.

In conjunction with his birthday, don’t forget to catch Sarkar Raj, Sholay, Pink and Wazir on Astro Tara HD ch108!

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