Interesting facts about Amitabh Bachchan

He is the superstar of the century. He is the ‘Angry young man’. In fact, he is the greatest Bollywood superstar. His fan following is the proof of his legacy in the industry. Born in Allahabad and a son of famous poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.  Amitabh is truly the biggest star of Bollywood. He has got three generations of fan following. His career is really an inspiration to the budding actors of the industry. His struggle and hard work are the keystones to his fame. So without fur a due let me tell some interesting facts about Amitabh Bachchan. In this list of facts, I will tell you about his personal life and professional life as well.

Interesting facts about Amitabh Bachchan:

  1. His qualifications:

    Amitabh Bachchan has got double Masters Degree in Arts. Quite educated, isn’t it?

  2. His alternative career choices:

    Before stepping into the movie industry he wanted to become an engineer. However, later he also wanted to enlist in Indian Air Force.

  3. His first job:

    He became an executive of a shipping firm in Kolkata just after completing his studies in Delhi.

  4. His first salary:

    He earned 500 RS from his first job. Don’t laugh! See how long he traveled through success.

  5. His last salary:

    He worked as a broker in Kolkata. And he earned 1680 RS as his last salary before jumping into Bollywood.

  6. His first car:

    He bought a second-hand fiat while working in Kolkata. It was his first car. Today he is the owner of a Rolls Royce. Quite a long journey!

  7. His real name:

    Srivastava’ is his real surname. So, it’s ‘Amitabh Srivastava’ instead of ‘Amitabh Bachchan’. However, he decided to use his father’s nickname ‘Bachchan’ as his last name.

  8. Former name:

    His father, the famous poet wanted to name him ‘Inkalaab’. But later another poet, Sumitra Nandan Pant advised the name ‘Amitabh’.

  9. His height:

    There’s no doubt he is the tallest in the industry. That’s what gives him a huge appeal in front of the audience. But did you know that Amitabh Bachchan stands at 6 feet 2 inches? Really he is the ‘Bade Miya’.

  10. The beginning of his career:

    Amitabh Bachchan started working as a voice actor. He first appeared in 1969 at Mrinal Sen’s Bengali movie.

  11. First big screen appearance:

    He appeared on the silver screen in Sunil Dutt’s ‘Reshma Aur Shera’.

  12. Success was not instant:

    The beginning of his acting career Amitabh Bachchan was struggling badly. The famous music composer of that time Kalyan Ji Anand Ji helped him out.

  13. Homeless as well:

    In his early days in the movie industry, he didn’t have a house in Mumbai. So, he used to spend the nights at the Marine Drive.

  14. Satyajit Ray saw potential:

    The famous movie director Satyajit Ray selected Amitabh Bachchan for voiceover in his film ‘Shataranj Ke Khiladi’ in 1977.

  15. You might like his voice but the people didn’t:

    Today, everyone praises the voice of Amitabh Bachchan. But you did you know that he got rejected from All India Radio for his voice? He tried to work as a news reader but the radio refused him.

  16. His first movie:

    Saat Hindustani’ was the beginning of this movie career in 1969.

  17. His first income from acting:

    He just earned 1,000 rupees for his first movie ‘Saat Hindustani’.

  18. Comedian Mehmood helped him:

    Famous comedian Mehmood was one of the mentors of Amitabh during his struggling days. In fact, Amitabh also lived in his home.

  19. His career breakthrough:

    After having 12 consecutive flops Amitabh Bachchan got his breakthrough with ‘Zanzeer’ in 1973. Truly, dedication can really help you gain success.

  20. The name ‘Vijay’:

    Vijay has been his favorite screen name. Amitabh has used the name in more than 20 movies. Although ‘Amit’ was his second favorite.

  21. His first meeting with Jaya Bhaduri:

    They met first at Pune’s Film and Television Institute. Amitabh was shooting his ‘Saat Hindustani’ while Jaya Bhaduri was a student there. Quite romantic isn’t it?

  22. Their onscreen time:

    Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh Bachchan are the only real life couple who have managed to work in more than 30 Bollywood movies.

  23. Amitabh has played many double roles:

    We have seen the art of double role in Don, Sooryavansham, Bade Mian- Chote Mian, Kasme-vaade, Lal Badsah. In fact, he has even played a triple role in ‘Mahaan’.

  24. Most nominated actor:

    Over the years of his success, he is the most frequently nominated actor in Bollywood. Mainly for the Best Actor award.

  25. He was the choice of many directors:

    Directors like Shashi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff often selected him as their first choice.

  26. Reel life mother:

    Nirupama Roy appeared as his mother in most of his films. ‘Lal Badshah’ was the last film together.

  27. The name Big B:

    He got his name ‘Big B’ after his comeback in the 90s film ‘Mrityudaata’.

  28. His fans in Afghanistan:

    He is very popular in Afghanistan. Amitabh Bachchan shot his movie ‘Khuda Gawaah’ in Afghanistan alone. Then President Najibullah Ahmedjai gave Amitabh VIP treatment. In fact, he ordered half of their air force for the security of Big B.

  29. His favorite actress in Bollywood:

    Over the span of his career, Big B considers Vahida Rahman to be the most beautiful actress in the Bollywood.

  30. He is also a good in scripting:

    Many famous writers took help from Amitabh Bachchan in writing their scripts.

  31. The influence of his father in his films:

    The famous song ‘Rang Barse’ was written by his father, Harishanshrai Bachchan. Moreover, the famous poem in the film ‘Agneepath’ was also written by his father.

  32. The only actor to work on his own remake:

    Presently, Amitabh Bachchan is the only actor in Bollywood who has worked in his re-make film. There’s no doubt that his classic ‘Sholay’ is the biggest blockbuster of all time. Accordingly, he also worked in its remake ‘Ram Gopal Verma ki Aag’. This time instead of the he played as the villain. However, unlike the original movie this one was a big catastrophe.

  33. He can write with both hands:

    Yes, Amitabh Bachchan is able to write with his left as well as right hand.

  34. His comic depiction:

    The iconic Indian comic hero ‘supremo’ is inspired by Amitabh Bachchan.

  35. His presence in Madame Tussauds:

    He is the first Asian actor who has a wax effigy at the famous Madame Tussauds Museum in London.

  36. “Superstar of the century”:

    In 2001 at Alexandria Film Festival, Egypt he was given the title of “Superstar of the century”. See he got a global presence as well.

  37. BBC declared him the “Actor of the Millennium”:

    In the public poll conducted by the BBC news, he was given the title of “Actor of the Millennium”. This fact is very important if we consider that managed to beat Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando.

  38. French citizenship:

    He was awarded French citizenship in 2003.

  39. Padma Bhushan:

    In 2001 he was awarded the honor of Padma Bhushan.

  40. He has respiratory problems:

    There’s no doubt he seems fit and energetic in movies. But did you know the fact that he is suffering from Asthma?

  41. His career had a pause:

    After giving so many hits to the industry he was left with no job. In fact, he was asked to work with Yash Chopra. As a result, he got signed in for ‘Mohabbatein’.

  42. His muscles are getting weaker:

    Amitabh Bachchan is a victim of a rare muscle disease called ‘myasthenia gravis’.

  43. He is a daredevil:

    Despite of getting injured in ‘Coolie’ and having muscle disease he did an incredible stunt at a height of 30 feet in the movie “Aks”.

  44. His perfection:

    In the set of “Shootout at Lokhandwala,” he managed to do 23 scene in just 5 hours. This was a record itself, the whole crew was astonished by this act.

  45. His lavish house:

    After gaining fame and money, his lifestyle became lavish and luxurious. In fact, he uses Italian marbles in his home. While furniture is bought from Germany and France.

  46. His expensive home:

    Experts have estimated that his two houses (Jalsa and Pratiksha) are worth more than 200 Crore.

  47. Ramesh Sippy gifted him a home:

    Yes, the famous director Ramesh Sippy presented Amitabh the ‘Jalsa’.

  48. He is fond of suits:

    Just like James bond, Amitabh Bachchan is also fond of wearing classy suits. Over the last 30 years ‘Gabbana’ has been his favorite brand.

  49. Fine collection of clothing:

    He always prefers fabric from Italy and threading from France for his clothing. And England is his favorite place for buttons. Quite a hobbyist! Isn’t it?

  50. Fratelli Rossetti:

    It is his second favorite brand after Gabbana.

  51. His car collection:

    Amitabh Bachchan has 11 luxury cars in his garage. Vidhu Vinod Chopra gifted him the expensive Rolls Royce Phantom.

  52. His Favorite car:

    He loves his Lexus. In fact, he gave some custom touch to the vehicle making it bulletproof as well.

  53. His lavish customization in his car:

    He loves his Lexus. In fact, he equipped some formula 1 styled radial tire for enhanced performance. A single tire costs around 2.5 lakh.

  54. An incident from school:

    His daughter and son refused him to accompany to their school. Because his presence at the school always created huge chaos in the school premises.

  55. Amitabh Bachchan is fond of watches:

    He is a real classy man. He is very fond of classic watches. In fact, he has a huge collection of watches and he wears different watches in every occasion. Longines is his favorite watch brand. Each of its watches starts from a whopping price of 2 lakhs.

  56. He collects pens:

    You must have seen him the Parker advertisements. Collecting pen is his main hobby. Amitabh has a collection of thousands of pens. For this reason, the German pen maker Mont Blanc gifts him a special customized pen every year on his birthday celebration.

  57. His favorite countries:

    He loves to visit London and Switzerland in his holidays.

  58. His place to stay in London:

    James court is usually his resting place whenever he visits London.

  59. Huge offering:

    It said that once an advertising agency paid him a massive amount of 10 crores for a shoot of just 10 days.

  60. He doesn’t like the word ‘Bollywood’:

    Yes, he doesn’t like word’s association with the Hindi film industry.

  61. He also doesn’t like the name ‘Beti B’:

    The media is ruthless these days, they print and show whatever they like. The media coined the term ‘Beti B’ for the granddaughter of Amitabh Bachchan (Aaradhya). However, Amitabh never like the name.

  62. The honor of bearing the Olympic torch:

    In the 2012 London Olympics, he was given the honor of running with the Olympic torch. He was given special invitation of the Olympic organizing committee.

  63. Black and white movie:

    His first film ‘Saat Hindustani’ was his only black and white film.

  64. Judge in Miss world beauty contest:

    Amitabh Bachchan also played as the judge in the Miss World beauty contest in 1995.

  65. His nickname:

    Teji Bachchan his mother often called him with the name of Munna.

  66. What influenced Amitabh to peruse acting:

    His mother was his greatest inspiration to peruse a career in acting. In fact, his mother was fond of acting in the first place. But she was not able to make her career due to family responsibility. She wanted to live her dreams through her son Amitabh. Therefore, in the end she sent him to make a career in acting.

  67. He is also a singer, but not in the traditional sense:

    He is the only actor in Bollywood who has given his voice in more than 20 movies as a singer. However, he is not a singer primarily.

  68. His golden years:

    From 1973 to 1984 are considered to be his golden years in Bollywood.

  69. He is the king of Social media as well:

    By now you must be have realized that he is the star of the century. However, he is also the king of social media. In fact, on Twitter he has got over 17 million followers.


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