72 Things That You Didn’t Know About Amitabh Bachchan

He is magnanimous. He is versatile. He is a veteran performer. He is just not an actor. He happens to be the industry himself! That’s Amitabh Bachchan. These adjective are just not enough to describe Big B. The big baap of Bollywood has righteously earned the glorious title because of his enigmatic persona. His performances too play a pivotal role in it. His destiny brought him to Mumbai when he was earning his livelihood in Kolkata. It is strange how fate can take you around the world and still bring you back to your destiny!

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan

As an ode to the actor we enlighten your minds with 72 things you didn’t know about the actor.

He is magnanimous. He is versatile. He is a veteran performer. He is just not an actor. He happens to be the industry himself! That’s Amitabh Bachchan. These adjective are just not enough to describe Big B. The big baap of Bollywood has righteously earned the glorious title because of his enigmatic persona. His performances too play a pivotal role in it. His destiny brought him to Mumbai when he was earning his livelihood in Kolkata. It is strange how fate can take you around the world and still bring you back to your destiny!

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan

As an ode to the actor we enlighten your minds with 72 things you didn’t know about the actor.

BigB doesn’t like the appellation Big B.

Harivansh Rai Bachchan considered Amitabh his greatest poetry.

The phrase Inquilab Zindabad inspired Amitabh Bachchan’s parents to consider Inquilab as an apt name for him.

Amitabh Bachchan is ambidextrous.

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His onscreen name Vijay has stuck with him in over 20 films.

In his college days, Amitabh Bachchan won Kendal Award for dramatics. This award was instituted in the name of Geoffrey Kendal, Shashi Kapoor’s father-in-law.

Bachchan also hates the word Bollywood which is often used in stead of Hindi Cinema. According to him Hindi cinema embraces all religions and humans alike which Bollywood doesn’t.

For his debut film, Saat Hindustani, Bachchan received a salary of Rs. 1000/-

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Bachchan has a double MA degree.

AIR rejected Bachchan because of his deep baritone voice.

Every struggler has slept on pavement or station. Bachchan too has slept on a bench in Marine Drive during his struggling days.

His debut film was his only black and white film.

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Amitabh Bachchan was the first choice for the role of Ashok Bansal aka King Uncle in the film King Uncle.

Bruce Willis believes that Amitabh Bachchan is bigger than any Hollywood star.

Amitabh Bachchan was also keen on joining Air Force and wanted to pursue Engineering.

Bulletproof Lexus happens to be Bachchan’s favourite car.

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While working in Kolkata he’d bought a second hand Fiat for himself. That happens to be his first car.

His actual height happens to be 74 inches which makes him the tallest actor in B-town.

His debut in B-town happens to be as a voice narrator for Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome.

Kalyanji-Anandji were the once who introduced AB to Prakash Mehra.

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Actor Mehmood helped AB in his struggling days. He even mentored him and offered him a shelter to rest.

Before Zanjeer became his first massive hit, AB has given 12 back to back flops.

Another common onscreen name famous with Amitabh Bachchan is Amit.

Amitabh Bachchan met his lady love, Jaya Bachchan, first at FTII, Pune.

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Amitabh Bachchan has a fetish for pens. He loves collecting them. His favorite brand happens to be Longines.

No film of Amitabh released in the year 1987. He only appeared in a cameo in Jalwa.

From Ek Nazar to K3G that is 30 years of onscreen togetherness for the Bachchan couple. And the longest and first ever in the industry.

He has done many double roles compared to any other actor.

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In the film Mahaan, he did a triple role.

Bachchan also happened to be the first choice for the film Utsav.

Lal Badshah saw the long association of onscreen mother-son pairing of Nirupa Roy and Amitabh Bachchan come to an end.

The epithet BigB stuck to Bachchan post his second comeback with Mrityudaata.

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The script of Mr. India was written keeping Amitabh Bachchan in mind.

Khuda Gawah was the most watched Hindi movie in Afghanistan.

During the shooting of Khuda Gawah, Afghan president provided Big B with protection given by his country’s armed forces.

The poetry in Agneepath and some lyrics from the song “Rang Barse” were penned by Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

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Amitabh Bachchan is the sole actor who starred in the remake of his cult classic albeit as an antagonist.

Starring in the remake of his film also makes him the only actor who has played a hero as well as a villain for the film.

There happens to be a comic character Supremo which is based on Big B.

Amitabh Bachchan is a vegetarian.

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Bachchan is a teetotaler and a loner.

In Alexandria Film Festival held in Egypt, Bachchan was conferred with Actor of the Century Award.

Ahead of the veterans like Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin, AB was called Actor Of The Millennium in a news poll by BBC.

He was conferred with an honorary citizenship of French town, Deauville.

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He is said to have made multiple comebacks. One such happened when he was running out of work and he happen to call Yash Chopra. Mohabattein happened thereafter.

He suffers from Asthama.

He also has a rare muscular disorder called myasthenia gravis.

Despite this disorder, Bachchan has performed a dare devilry stunt for the film Aks where he jumps from height of 30 feet.

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It is shocking that Big B shot 23 scenes of Shootout At Lokhandwala within span of 5 hours.

Shweta Bachchan is married in Nanda family. Nikhil Nanda’s mother is daughter of Raj Kapoor.

Amitabh Bachchan also has a craze for suits. His favourite is Gabbana and they are designing his suits for over 30 years.

Amitabh Bachchan loves luxury. It s therefore that his suit fabric is imported from Italy, the buttons from England and thread from France.

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The flooring in his house too spells out opulence. The flooring has Italian marble and bath fittings are from France and Germany.

Actor’s bungalow Jalsa was gifted to him.

His other favorite suit brand is Fratelli Rossetti.

Big B is said to own 11 cars. The number has perhaps increased now.

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Big B was told by kids to not to accompany them to school because his presence caused too much of commotion.

Big B loves watches and Longines happens to be his favorite brand for watches as well.

Big B favorite holiday destination is Switzerland and London.

When in Lon, Big B often stays at St James Court which is five minutes away from Buckingham Palace.

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If grapevine is to be believed, a company once paid him Rs 7000 per minute which totals to Rs 10 crore for 10 days!

While he calls Aaradhya “Bitiya” his wife calls her granddaughter Strawberry.

Bachchan was the judge for Miss World 1995 Beauty Pageant where the former Miss World of 1994 Aishwarya Rai crowned the winner.

We all know about the perfect punch in the gut by Puneet Issar. It so happened that after the punch, AB bowed to the audience before crumbling in pain.

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Acorrding to AB, Waheeda Rahman is the most beautiful actress of B-town.

He is an actor who holds the record for getting nominated number of times in the best actor category for vivid awards.

The voice that was rejected was later used by Satyajit Ray in his 1977 classic Shatranj Ke Khiladi.

Vitiligo is yet another ailment Big B suffers.

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Post the fatal injury while shooting the film Coolie when AB was hospitalized, he required 17 bottles of blood to recover.

“Namak Halal” celebrated Golden Jubilee as it ran for 50 weeks across the country and for 100 weeks in some parts of India, including Mumbai. The other films by Big B had at least one jubilee a year.

The first salary that Big B earned while he worked for a shipping firm in Kolkata was Rs 500.

The actor’s wax statues are installed at Madame Tussauds’ in London, New York and Hong Kong.

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