Amitabh Bachchan birthday special: Rare and unseen imagesNew Delhi: The ‘Shahenshah', the living legend Amitabh Bachchan has experienced one more year of his life, tallying it to 72, is looking in a fine tune to move ahead.No doubt the actor is turning
New Delhi: The ‘Shahenshah', the living legend Amitabh Bachchan has experienced one more year of his life, tallying it to 72, is looking in a fine tune to move ahead.
No doubt the actor is turning out to be tastier like an old wine with no comparison to any other B'wood superstar.
As whole world celebrates the veteran's Birthday, we bring you some of the unknown facts about Amitabh Bachchan.
Big B was born in 1942, when the 'Quit India Movement' was gaining steam. Poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan's friend, Amarnath Jha suggested his name to be 'Inqalab Rai'which would be a reminder of the freedom movement.
But his mother Teji opposed the name. This was when poetess Sumitranandan Pant brought forth the name, 'Amitabh', which was loved by Teji.
His mother-father only called him 'Amit' and others close to him called him 'munna.'
Big B was very fond of eating raw guavas and 'jamuns.' While he easily relished guavas, he once slipped and fell badly off a 'jamun' tree. His father rushed upon hearing him cry, but never scolded him.
During those days, a bull had charged him and thrown him in the air.
Amitabh sustained serious injuries to his head. Amitabh had to go bald for this minor surgery and opted to undergo the procedure without being sedated.
When even after graduating Amitabh remained unemployed and was so frustrated that he once questioned his parents for giving him birth.
On February 16, 1969, Amitabh moved to Mumbai to try his luck as an actor and, with no place to stay, Big B spent many nights on the benches skirting Marine Drive. For a while he did radio spots that earned him Rs 50 a month and morphed into the narrator's role in Mrinal Sen's Bhuvan Shome.
In a 1999 interview, Mr Bachchan admitted that at the time, he had a driving license and if his dream had failed, he would have resorted to the life of a cab driver.
His brother Ajitabh informed him that director K A Abbas was looking for a fresh face for his film ‘Saat Hindustani'. Ajitabh had shot his first 'portfolio' photograph which had been sent to Khwaja Ahmed Abbas.
It was this photograph that got him the role of Muslim poet Anwar Ali Anwar in the flick.
Before its release, legendary actress, Meena Kumari, had seen the trial show of 'Saat Hindustani' and praised Amitabh.