Amitabh Bachahan Lesser Known Facts and Family Photos

Amitabh Bachchan born 11 October 1942 is an Indian film actor. Amitabh Bachchan, the ‘Shehenshah’ of Bollywood, has evolved to become one of the most recognised names in the country. He is well-known internationally, active in helping out on social issues and also connects well with the masses.
He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Zanjeer and Deewaar and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. He has since appeared in over 190 Indian films in a career spanning almost five decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall.

Personal Information

  • Real Name: Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava
  • Nickname: Munna, Big B, Shahenshah of Bollywood
  • Birth Place: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
  • Debut: Film Saat Hindustani (1969)
  • Television: Kaun Banega Crorepati

  • Family: Harivansh Rai Bachchan (Father)
  • Teji Bachchan (Mother)
    Shyama Bachachan (Step-mother)
    Ajitabh Bachchan (Brother)

  • Marriage Date : 3 June 1973
  • Wife/ Spouse: Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan
      • Children: Abhishek Bachchan (Son)
      • Shweta Bachchan Nanda  (Daughter)
      • Money Factor:  $400 million (approx)
      • Salary: 20 crores per film
      • House Address: Jalsa,
        B/2, Kapol Housing Society,
        VL Mehta Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049, Maharashtra, India
    • Cars Collection: Bentley Arnage R, Bentley Continental GT, Lexus LX 470, Mercedes-Benz SL 500 AMG, Porche Cayman S, Range Rover SUV, Mini Cooper, Rolls Royce Phantom, Toyota Land Cruiser, BMW 760Li, BMW X5, Mercedes Benz S320, Mercedes Benz S600, Mercedes Benz E240

    Amitabh Bachchan Voice Appearance

    Bachchan is known for his deep, baritone voice. He has been a narrator, a playback singer, and presenter for numerous programmes. Renowned film director Satyajit Ray was so impressed with Bachchan’s voice that he decided to use Bachchan as the narrator in his 1977 film Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players). Bachchan lent his voice as a narrator to the 2001 movie Lagaan which was a super hit. In 2005, Bachchan lent his voice to the Oscar-winning French documentary March of the Penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet.

    He also has done voice-over work for the following movies:

    • Balika Badhu (1975)
    • Tere Mere Sapne (1996)
    • Lagaan (2001)
    • Parineeta (2005)
    • Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
    • Swami (2007)
    • Zor Lagaa Ke…Haiya! (2009)
    • Kahaani (2012)
    • Krrish 3 (2013)
    • Mahabharat (2013)
    • Kochadaiiyaan (Hindi Version) (2014)
    • The Ghazi Attack (2017)

    Unknown Facts of Amitabh Bachchan

    • Amitabh Bachchan’s first salary was a reported INR 500 and his first Bollywood acting salary was INR 1,000 (for Saat Hindustani).
    • In 1984, Bachchan took a break from acting and briefly entered politics in support of a long-time family friend, Rajiv Gandhi. He contested Allahabad’s seat of 8th Lok Sabha against H. N. Bahuguna, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and won by one of the highest victory margins in general election history (68.2% of the vote)
    • He first time shared screen with his future wife Jaya Bhaduri Guddi (1971) he made his guest appearance
    • He got the fee 1 Lakh for his role Jai n the iconic Indian film – Sholay
    • It took six hours for Amitabh Bachchan to apply makeup and transform into Auro.
    • Amitabh Bachchan is the master of double roles and has played it more than any other Indian actor, as on 1st January 2016.
    • Amitabh Bachchan plays a character called ‘Vijay’ in over 20 films.
    • Amitabh Bachchan is a vegetarian. He doesn’t drink or smoke.
    • Several songs and poems in Amitabh Bachchan’s movies were written by his father, the late Hindi poet Harivanshrai Bachchan.
    • On the 26th of July, 1982, Amitabh Bachchan was critically injured while shooting for the movie Coolie. During a fight scene with co-star Puneet Issar, the Bollywood hero mistimed his jump onto a table and his abdomen met with the edge of the table. The actor suffered a severe internal abdomen injury and was rushed to the hospital where he was actually declared clinically dead for a couple of minutes. The superstar’s condition stabilized but he was, however, critical for the next few months and prayers for him were heard in every corner of the country, and abroad. Almost miraculously, the superstar recovered and continued to shoot for Coolie. In fact, he was originally supposed to die in the movie but director Manmohan Desai decided to re-write the end of the film as it would be unfair and insensitive to kill Bachchan in the movie just months after he nearly died in real life. The film went on to be a mega-hit.
    • After a four year break, he was back in the unsuccessful Mrityudaata (1997), a comeback which the actor wanted to forget. But four flops in 1999 and incurring a debt of over 90 Crores rupees of his sinking company ABCL saw him at an all-time low. To make matters worse, after the defeat of the Congress party, Amitabh lost considerable political support, the opposition made him a target, and his credit rating deteriorated to such an extent that a leading nationalized bank, Canara Bank, sued him for outstanding loans. He did bounce back, presenting the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire called Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000). After a series of hits with Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) and Baghban (2003) and Khakee (2004), this elderly Bachchan is showing no signs of slowing down and proving the critics wrong once again.
    •  Ever since his comeback the actor hasn’t looked back. Today, he rests securely at a place that can’t be challenged by anyone for years to come. Almost all his movies have made an impact on the audience as well as critics. ‘Aankhen’, ‘Khakee’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, ‘Cheeni Kum’, ‘Sarkar Raj’ have all been immensely successful at the box office. Awards and recognitions coming his way have been endless. The actor always remains in news for his star stature, his charity works, his baritone and a humble demeanor towards his countless fans. He is the proud recipient of almost all the prestigious awards for excellence in acting.
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