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Birthday Love: Ten lesser known facts about Amitabh Bachchan

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan celebrates his 81st birthday today. presents ten interesting lesser known facts about the ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood.The veteran megastar was named ‘Inquilab Srivastava’ at birth, he came to be known as Amitabh Bachchan much later.

Bachchan has played more double roles than any other distinguished Bollywood actor so far.

The ‘Sholay’ hero has numerous international honours to his credit. France’s highest civilian honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour, was conferred upon him by the French Government in the year 2007, for his “exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond”. In the year 2012, at the age of 69, Bachchan carried the Olympic torch during the last leg of its relay in London’s Southwark. (Wikipedia)

After the movie ‘Mrityudaata’ the host of the popular Indian television game show ‘KBC’ was called ‘Big B’.

The protagonist of the movie ‘Baabul’ was the first Asian actor to have his wax statue displayed at Madame Tussauds.

The “angry young man” of Bollywood has played the character named “Vijay” more than 20 times in his career so far.

“Amit” as he is fondly referred to as by his close friends got married in a hurry to actor Jaya Bhaduri as he wanted to celebrate the success of his super hit movie ‘Zanjeer’ in a foreign country. Elders at his home were not keen on sending the lovebirds overseas without them tying the knot.

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The popular actor, singer, producer and television presenter is a collector of pens and watches. He is said to have a collection of thousands of pens.

“Jalsa” which is Bachchan’s residence was a gift to him by director Ramesh Sippy in lieu of payment for his acting in the movie ‘Satte Pe Satta’.

The versatile actor who is also an excellent voice-over artist is ambidextrous.

Here’s wishing the man with a larger than life personality, Amitabh Bachchan, a very happy believes we will see the “superstar of the millennium” (2000) continue excelling in the work that he has been doing in the future too.

The “Mahanayak” for sure will keep entertaining the audiences globally and outdoing his brilliant work year after year.

In true Bachchan style we say, “Keh diya na…bas keh diya”!


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