Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan


10/11/1942, Allahabad, India

Birth Name

Amit Shrivastava



Also Known As

Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh
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Son of well known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. He has a brother named Ajitabh. He completed his education from Uttar Pradesh and moved to Bombay to find work as a film star, in vain though, as film-makers preferred someone with a fairer skin, and he…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Amitabh's favourite movies are Ganga Jamuna and Pyaasa.

    • Amitabh's favourite food is Indian vegetarian food.

    • Amitabh lists his weakness as his family.

    • Amitabh is fluent in Hindi, English and can also speak a bit of Punjabi.

    • Amitabh is teetotaller.

    • On 31 October 2006, Amitabh shocked the unit of the movie Shootout at Lokhandwala by recording 23 scenes in 5 hours.

    • Amitabh despises the word Bollywood, the word that describes the Hindi film industry.

    • Vidhu Vinod Chopra wanted Amitabh to play the lead role of Inspector Inayat Khan in Mission Kashmir in 2000. The reason why he declined the role was because of his commitment to Yash Chopra's Mohabbatein.

    • Kader Khan wanted to direct Amitabh as the lead hero in Jaahil, unfortunately the movie was never made.

    • Amitabh was closely associated with Indira Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister, and her son, Rajiv Gandhi. It was Mrs. Gandhi who wrote a letter of introduction for Amitabh, and that's how he got his break in Bollywood.

    • Amitabh was the original choice to play a role in Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai in 2003, which he declined and was finally played by Om Puri.

    • In 1977, although Amitabh's Immaan Dharam proved to be a disaster, the producer went ahead and announced Asmaan with Dharmendra, Amitabh and Rekha, with Mohan Kumar in the director's seat. Salim-Javed, who had penned the script of Immaan Dharam, were scripting Asmaan as well. However, the film was shelved.

    • Amitabh has played double and triple roles in a number of films. His double roles include Adalat, Don, Kasme Vaade, The Great Gambler, Bemisaal, Desh Premee, Satte Pe Satta, Aakhree Raasta, Toofan, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Lal Baadshah and Sooryavansham. Mahaan, in 1983 saw him play in a triple role.

    • Amitabh's survival and his success could in short be termed best in his wife's own words that "Amit ji is a loner!"

    • Amitabh is the only actor who achieved at least one hit every year for 15 consecutive years - from 1972 in Bombay to Goa to 1986 in Aakhree Raasta.

    • Prakash Mehra was planning on making Chankaya Chanddragupta and had signed Amitabh for the main role. The movie was shelved unfortunately.

    • In 1984, Amitabh was honoured by the Indian government with the Padma Shri Award for his outstanding contribution to the Hindi film industry.

    • The facial caricature of the Indian comic book character 'Supremo' is based upon Amitabh.

    • Actress Nirupa Roy is mostly cast as Amitabh's mother and last time she featured was in Lal Baadshah in 1999.

    • Amitabh works with the Indian government's media campaign to publicise the National Immunization Days and encourage people to take their children to be vaccinated against polio and other deadly diseases.

    • Amitabh was considered 'finished' in the late nineties after super star status for 20 years, a string of flops and failed political and business ambitions. He made an unexpected comeback as host of the popular TV quiz series Kaun Banega Crorepati? in 2000, which put him right back on the number one spot of Bollywood actors over 40, reaffirming his reputation as the living legend of Indian cinema with a new series of high profile films Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham etc.

    • Amitabh, Parveen Babi, Mithun Chakraborty and Rati Agnihotri were teamed in Tala Chabi, produced by Romu Sippy and directed by Raj N. Sippy. One of the foremost character actors then, Pran, had been signed to enact the main villain's role. An official announcement was made in April 1982 and the movie never took off.

    • In 1976, Amitabh was to star in Manoj Kumar's Naya Bharat. The film was shelved subsequently.

    • Following a near fatal accident while shooting Coolie in 1983, during which Amitabh suffered internal bleeding and required 17 bottles of blood, he became a champion for the cause of encouraging more people to donate blood.

    • Amitabh suffers from a rare muscular disorder known as myasthenia gravis.

    • When Amitabh was trying to get a break in movies he was told to soften his 'deep' voice. However it was soon realised that his deep rich voice was excellent for narration. He has since provided narrations for several films.

    • Amitabh is the highest paid Bollywood actor in the film industry.

    • Amitabh's favourite screen name is Vijay, which he had as his character name in over 20 movies.

    • Amitabh's father Harivansh Rai Bachchan was considering naming him 'Inquilab' (which means 'revolution') before deciding for Amitabh which means 'brilliance unlimited'.

    • On Amitabh's 61st birthday, he relaunched ABCL as AB Corp. ABCL had to be closed after debts of more than millions of rupees. However, Amitabh decided to relaunch it with a name change.

    • Amitabh suffers from asthma.

    • In 1996, Amitabh released an album called "Aby Baby". This album was released under ABCL and featured songs like "Eer Bir Phatte" and remixes of his songs from his early movies O Saathi Re and Kabhi Kabhi. "Eer Bir Phatte" was inspired by one of his famous dialogues in his movie Adalat.

    • At the age of 58, Amitabh jumped from a height of 30 feet, along with co-star Manoj Bajpai, for his 2001 movie Aks.

    • Amitabh has a double M.A. (Master of Arts) degree.

    • Amitabh formed a popular screen couple with Rekha.

    • Amitabh has sung in many movies such as Laawaris, Toofan and Silsila.

    • Amitabh became a grandfather in 1997, when his daughter Shweta gave birth to a baby daughter, Navya Naveli Nanda.

    • Amitabh was the first Asian actor to have a wax model of his likeness displayed at Madame Tussaud's in London.

    • Amitabh attended Kirori Mal College.

    • Amitabh was a stage actor, radio announcer and freight company executive in Calcutta, India during his career.

    • Amitabh had a very close association with the former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi (also Prime Minister) and was elected to parliament with a huge majority from his home town of Allahabad. Unfortunately, his stint in politics did not last long and he was implicated in the infamous Swedish Bofors Gun deal scandal along with Rajiv Gandhi and others.

    • Amitabh launched a multi-faceted commercial enterprise known as 'Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited', or ABCL. The corporation is engaged in production, distribution and all other aspects of the movie industry.

    • Amitabh is a vegetarian

    • Amitabh almost died from an accident during the filming of Coolie, although details of the accident remain sketchy. He was hospitalised and the Indian press issued daily bulletins on his health.

    • Amitabh won Best Actor for the following films: - Amar Akbar Anthony in year 1978 - Don in year 1979 - Hum in year 1992 - Aks in year 2002 - Paa in year 2009

    • Amitabh won Best supporting actor for the following films:
      - Anand in year 1972
      - Namak Haram in year 1974
      - Mohabbatein in year 2000

    • Amitabh finished his studies at Delhi University.

    • Amitabh attended went to Sherwood College, a boarding school in the hill-station town of Nainital, and from there to Delhi University where he earned a double MA degree.

    • Amitabh was referred to as the "Angry Young Man" in India during the 1970s.

    • Amitabh and Jaya's son, Abhishek, is also an actor. Amitabh and Jaya want Abhishek to marry soon and the family consulted an astrologer and compared the astrological charts of former Miss World and Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai, with that of Abhishek, hoping that they are compatible for marriage.

    • Amitabh and wife, actress Jaya Bhaduri, have two children, Shweta and Abhishek.

    • In 2000, Amitabh found more success when he won the role of presenting the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, called Kaun Banega Crorepati?.

    • In 2001, Amitabh was awarded the 'Padma Bhushan' for his outstanding contributions to Indian cinema.

    • In 1999, Amitabh was voted the ' of the Millennium' in a poll conducted by the BBC. He defeated stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Robert De Niro.

    • On October 30, 2005, Amitabh recorded a Public Service Announcement for the Global HIV/AIDS Campaign on behalf of UNICEF. As part of this service, he also met with HIV-infected children.

    • Amitabh was a judge for the 1995 Miss World beauty pageant.

    • Amitabh has been married to Jaya Bhaduri since June 3rd, 1973. They share two children together.

    • Amitabh is the son of Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

    • On April 14, 2005, Amitabh was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and focused on polio eradication and HIV/AIDS.

  • Quotes

    • Amitabh: I'd love to romance Aishwarya Rai. But I'm 58 now. So I have to play her father.

    • Amitabh: Frankly I've never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an icon, superstar, etc. I've always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.

    • Amitabh: Basically I am just another actor who loves his work and this thing about age only exists in the media.

    • Amitabh: (on his dream role) Every actor wants to look for something new in their horizon. When it comes true it becomes a dream role.

    • Amitabh: (asked to name something about himself that he'd like to change) I don't think I would like to change anything.

    • Amitabh: (asked for his philosophy on life) If things happen as you wish it's good, if they do not it's better.

    • Amitabh: (asked for his favourite websites) I Don't surf too much. I just use yahoo for e-mails.

    • Amitabh: (on his favourite holiday spot) I Haven't had a holiday for a long time. I'd prefer somewhere where nobody will recognise me.

    • Amitabh: (on his favourite perfume) It keeps changing. I use whatever I find on the dressing table.

    • Amitabh: (his thoughts on working in Hollywood): You don't see Indians in Hollywood films around which a story can revolve. As soon as we have a social presence in your society, I am sure there will be many actors from our part of the world that will be acting in Hollywood films. I have always been a great admirer of Marlon Brando, Al Paccinno, Robert De Niro. I would love to walk into the frame, hold their briefcase!

    • Amitabh: The amount of things I have been through and the remarkable ways in which the body has reacted is just phenomenal. No wonder I became religious, because you don't know why something's happening to you and you don't know how you bounced back.

    • Amitabh: I have never been a superstar and never believed in it.

    • Amitabh: I wish I had time to learn all the languages of our country, I wish I knew how to play a musical instrument. There are many things that I feel I have missed out on.

    • Amitabh: (when asked about his dancing with Shilpa Shetty in "Lal Baadshah") But I would dance with my daughter if I could. And if I can dance with Shilpa Shetty, then I will do that.

    • Amitabh: Everyone must accept that we will age and age is not always flattering.

    • Amitabh: I have never really been confident about my career at any stage.

    • Amitabh: (referring to his son, Abhishek) Like any other father I feel proud to see my son on the silver screen.

    • Amitabh: (asked to provide his biggest fear) Not living up to the expectations of people and my fans.

    • Amitabh: (asked to list his strengths) The love of my fans and affection of my parents.

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