Biography of Amitabh Bachchan: The Big-B of Bollywood

Amitabh Bachchan – the Millennium star of Bollywood is the biggest name in the Indian film industry. He is also known as Big B of Bollywood; a person who came from nowhere and became the greatest name in the film industry. He is a veteran actor with extraordinary talent. Let’s dive into the magical journey with the biography of the first Angry Young Man of the silver screen. 

Wiki/Bio of Amitabh Bachchan:

Birth Name- Inquilaab Srivastava 

Official or real Name- Amitabh Harivansh Rai Srivastava 

Nickname- Big B, Angry Young Man, Amith, Munna, Shahenshah

Profession- Actor, Tv Host, Former Politician

Physical Features:

Height: In feet – 6 feet 2 inches

In centimeters- 188cm

Weight: 80 kgs

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Sun Sign: Libra

Build: Slim

Sexual Orientation: Straight

Characteristic Features: Tall and lanky body, Baritone voice

Hair Color: Salt and Pepper (Grey and black) 

Body Shape: Hourglass

Shoe size: 8 US

Personal Life:

Date of Birth11-Oct-42
Age (as in 2020)77 Years
BirthplaceAllahabad, UP, India
Hometown Allahabad, UP, India
NationalityIndian
Zodiac SignLibra
SchoolJnana Pramodhini, Boys High School, Allahabad (Now Prayagraj)
College/UniversitySherwood College,
Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.
Educational QualificationBachelor of Science
ReligionHindu
CasteKayastha
Favorite ActorsDilip Kumar, Dev Anand 
Favorite Actress Waheeda Rehman, Madhubala
AddressPrateeksha in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
LikesSpend time with Family, watching Cricket and Football, Reading and blogging

Career Debut

Bollywood – Satte pe Satta 1969

Hollywood – The Great Gatsby 2013

Television – Kaun Banega Crorepati  

Controversies 

  • His name appeared in the famous Bofors scandal in 1986, due to political connection with Gandhi Family, later he was free from the scandal after not found guilty. 
  • He was in news for providing fake documents to buy a land 
  • He was banned by the Stardust for almost 15-years due to his involvement in the national emergency.  
  • He was in the news for organizing the Miss World competition in 1996. 
  • He fought a legal battle to prove himself a farmer in 2007
  • In 2011, He was accused by the former Miss India Sayali Bhagat for sexual harassment. But later found that she was a victim of cybercrime 

Married Life and Affairs

Marital Status Married 
SpouseJaya 
Date of Marriage 3-June-1973

Affairs 

Parveen Babi

Amitabh did more than a dozen movies with Parveen Babi, the chemistry was sizzling on-screen and off-screen between the two. Media started writing about them but later things got dirty between them as Parveen accused him of kidnapping her. In an interview, she said that he wants to take her to the unknown island where she would get her surgery. But Amitabh didn’t respond to these and he wrote a good thing about her when she passed away in 2005. 

Rekha 

The affair between the two started from the sets of Do Anjaane in 1976. As Amitabh was married to Jaya so he kept the relationship as a secret. They almost dated for more than 2 years and worked on almost 20 movies. They were the most favorite on-screen couple at that time. Their affair was confirmed by the legendary director Yash Chopra who was also the director of their movie Silsila, in which the real wife of Amitabh was cast alongside Rekha. However, the relationship started fading; then a few more controversies, and they separated.  

Jaya Bhaduri 

Jaya Bhaduri and Amitabh met on the sets of the movie Guddi, where he realized that Jaya was the one. They did the Ek Nazar movie together where they both found feelings for each other and the journey of their love story began. After a few years, they got married in June 1973 and the journey is still going on.  

Family 

FatherHarivansh Rai Bachchan (Poet and writer)
Mother Teji Bachchan (Social Activist)
Siblings Ajitabh Bachchan (Younger Brother)
Others Pratap Narayan Shrivastav (Paternal Grandfather), Saraswati Devi (Paternal Grandmother), Khazan Singh Suri (Maternal Grandfather), Amar Kaur Sodhi (Maternal Grandmother)
SpouseJaya Bachchan
Children’sSon- Abhishek BachchanDaughter – Shweta Bachchan NandaDaughter in Law- Aishwarya Bachchan Rai

Favorites

ActorsDilip Kumar, Dev Anand
ActressesMadhubala, Waheeda Rehman
FoodBhindi Sabji, Jalebi
BeveragesKheer, Gulab Jamun
ColorsWhite
DestinationsLondon
PerfumesLomani
CarLand Cruiser LC200
SportsCricket and Lawn Tennis
ComedianMehmood Ali
SingersLata Mangeshkar and Kishor Kumar

Income and Assets 

Salary 20 Crore per movie
Income$50 million
Networth $450 million

Car collections

  • 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

Brand Endorsements

  • Pepsi (2005) (2009)
  • Dabur Chyawanprash (2007)
  • Parker Pen (2003)
  • Incredible India campaign by the Gujarat Tourism Corporation (2012)
  • Kalyan Jewelers (2013)
  • ABP News (2013)
  • ICICI Bank 
  • Complan 
  • Daawat Basmati Rice
  • Tuberculosis Eradication and Awareness Campaign
  • BoroPlus Antiseptic Cream
  • TVS Jupiter
  • Dr. Fixit 
  • Parle Biscuits
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk 
  • Maggi Noodles
  • Tanishq 
  • Emami Navratna
  • Cadburys
  • Dabur, Emami
  • Gujrat Tourism
  • Nerolac
  • Pulse Polio Campaign
  • Zen mobile

Facts about Amitabh Bachchan

  • He was one of the judges for the Miss World pageant in 1995 where the winner was crowned by Aishwarya Rai. 
  • While shooting for Coolie he suffered from a life-threatening injury during the fight scene. 
  • Before moving into the film industry, he worked as a freight company executive in Calcutta. He also worked as a radio announcer in his early career. 
  • He is the first Asian actor whose statue is in Madame Tussaud’s in London. 
  • He won the title of Actor of the Millennium beating the legendary actors such as Charles Chaplin, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Marlon Brando
  • His father had named him Inquilaab, inspired by the freedom slogan Inquilab Zindabad, 
  • In 1996, he started Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (ABCL), to work in production, distribution in the entertainment industry. However, it failed in 1999
  • He suffers from a unique muscular disorder known as myasthenia gravis. 
  • He is vegetarian and stays away from the alcohol 
  • He is the first artist to receive 39 nominations for several categories in film fare awards. 
  • He was honored by the France Government by the Highest civilian honor, Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2007
  • He was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio Eradication Campaign in 2002.
  • He was the brand ambassador of Save Our Tiger Campaign in India. 
  • He was awarded Honorary Citizenship of the French town of Deauville in 2003
  • PETA India declared him as the Hottest Vegetarian of the year in 2012,
  • He published his book, Soul Curry for You and Me – An Empowering Philosophy That Can Enrich Your Life In 2002. 
  • He has been honored with honorary doctorate degrees from various prestigious universities such as the University of Delhi, Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire, and the Academy of Arts (Egypt) in Cairo.
  • In Kolkata, a temple is dedicated to him.

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