Amitabh Bachchan is a brand name in Bollywood. There is not a single actor, or even a normal person who doesn't look upto him or admire him! Such is his dynamic presence and aura that the screen lights up whenever he comes up on the big screen. As Bollywood's grand old young man turns 75, here are some facts you should know about him!
Forever a superstar
Big B, who in his prime years was one of the most successful actors in Bollywood. In the year 1978, he delivered 4 hit films back to back! The films that released back-to-back and went on to become superhits were ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander,’ ‘Kasme Vaade,’ ‘Don’ and ‘Trishul.’
His special someone, in real and reel!
Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya Bachchan are currently the only acting couple who have worked together onscreen for about 30 films! How amazing is that?
The most cherished house in Mumbai!
Amitabh Bachchan shares a special bond with Director Ramesh Sippy. As a token of goodwill and renumeration, Ramesh Sippy gifted Amitabh Jalsa, where he stays as a gift.
Amitabh Bachchan is somebody who is loved by everybody! In fact, in a poll conducted by BBC News, he was adjudged the actor of the millenium, leaving behind big names like Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin.
His connection with Smita Patil
It was a bad time in Bollywood when Amitabh Bachchan met with a serious injury on the sets of Coolie. However, the actor remembers that Smita Patil had 'warned' him about the bad omen before. On the 60th birthday of Smita Patil, he recalled:
“Late night at around 2 am I received call in my hotel room. The receptionist informed me that it was Smita Patil on the line. I was shocked as I had never spoken or talked to her at such a time. Thinking that it would be important one, I answered. Smita asked me if I was alright and in good health. I answered yes and she said that she just had a bad dream about me and that's the reason behind calling up so late in the night. The next day I had my accident."
That's not his real name!
As mighty as the name 'Bachchan' sounds, it is not Amitabh's real name. Amitabh’s last name is Srivastava in real, but he uses his father’s nickname ‘Bachchan’ as his last name.
Abundance of knowledge!
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most learned men in Bollywood. In fact, you will be surprised to know that the actor holds a double Masters Degree in Arts.
A lover of luxuries!
Fond of collecting luxuries, Amitabh Bachchan has around 11 luxury cars and his most expensive car is a Rolls Royce Phantom, a special gift by Vidhu vinod Chopra!
Fame and Recognition
Having done so many films and winning both critical and popular praise, Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most frequently nominated actor in the Best Actor category.
The apple of his eyes!
Amitabh dotes on his grand daughter, Abhishek and Aishwarya's daughter Aaradhya, who often accompanies him on his Sunday meet and greet! But, one thing he doesn't like so much is the media calling Aaradhya 'Beti B' !