Amitabh Bachchan is a name that needs no introduction. The iconic actor is known as the “Man with the Midas Touch” and is associated with hard work, excellence, and success. The actor turned 80 on October 11, this year.
Amitabh Bachchan has offered numerous classic films and proven his mettle on the big screen over the course of his five-decade illustrious career. He is the owner of several box-office hits. Zanjeer, Namak Haraam, Deewar, Chupke Chupke, Sholay, Coolie, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Lakshya, Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkar, Bhootnath, and others are among them. Here are some unknown facts about Big B who still remains the heartthrob of the Bollywood industry.
1. His initial name was Inquilaab
Amitabh Bachchan was initially called Inquilaab Shrivastava. But, on the advice of his father’s poet friend, Sumitra Nandan Pant, his name was changed to Amitabh.
2. Bachchan has worked with renowned Bengali directors
He began his acting career in films in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s ‘Bhuvan Shome’. Oscar-winning director Satyajit Ray also used his voice in his 1977 film ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’.
3. He aspired to work as RJ before entering Bollywood
4. Amitabh had several flops before rising to stardom
Amitabh had 12 consecutive flops from 1969 to 1973 before delivering his first hit, ‘Zanjeer’.
5. He experienced an almost near-death experience while shooting
In 1982, Amitabh had a near-death experience. The doctors and his family had lost hope after he met with an accident on the sets of the movie Coolie.
6. Amitabh went bankrupt in the 90’s
In the 90s, Amitabh Bachchan found himself almost bankrupt. He had to ask Yash Chopra for a job. He was later cast in Mohabbatein. Business tycoon Dhirubhai Ambani also offered him a loan during this period but Bachchan refused it.
7. He was titled the ‘Actor of the Millennium’ by BBC