From a salary of Rs. 300 to becoming a mega-billionaire, 13 lesser known facts of Amitabh Bachchan

13 lesser known facts of ’s superstar

Who is Amitabh Bachchan: He is an Indian film actor, film producer, television host, occasional playback singer and former politician. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as , and , and was dubbed India’s “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood.

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This man needs no introduction. And so we bring you lesser known facts about him, which you might have just missed. Here is the first. Amitabh’s actual surname was . His father adopted the pen name Bachchan and thus it stayed on. Look at this now. Bachchan is a house-hold name, a brand and a success story.


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Amitabh Bachchan’s first salary was Rs. 300. Look at him now, a multi-billionaire. What an icon, what an achievement.

Also Read: “I Must Retire….” Amitabh Bachchan Says His Body Is Sending Him Signals To Rest


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How cool he looks, like a dude. Did you know, his father, wanted to name him Inquilab? Would you have connected? Anyway, it was later decided to call him Amitabh which means unending brilliance

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Amitabh got his break-through into Bollywood all thanks to India’s former Prime Minister – Indira Gandhi. She wrote a letter to Indian actor and filmaker, the late Sunil Dutt who signed him for a mute role in . Of course later India went crazy over Amitabh’s baritone voice and exemplary dialogue delivery in his subsequent films.

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Did you know Amitabh Bachchan was one of the judges for the ? Well now you do!

Also Read: Abhishek Bachchan left speechless after dad Amitabh Bachchan’s tribute honouring 26/11 martyrs


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Amitabh Bachchan has played more double roles than any other actor. In the movie Mahaan, he had a triple role.

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Amitabh Bachchan with his children and Abhishek Bachchan in this black and white old picture. Amitabh Bachchan started his career as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome. Director Satyajit Ray also used his voice in a 1977 film Shatranj Ke Khiladi.

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Amitabh Bachchan with his wife Jaya Bachchan and children Shweta and Abhishek. Amitabh is known to suffer from asthma. He also has a rare muscular disorder known as myasthenia gravis.

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan has hidden message for daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai and wife Jaya Bachchan in response to KBC contestant?


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Did you know that Amitabh Bachchan’s initial ambition was to join the Indian Air Force, not be an actor.

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Guess what? Amitabh Bachchan, who is famous for his baritone voice, was actually rejected by All India Radio. I bet the person who rejected him still cannot fathom why he or she did so. Life as they say!

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Look at how much people just love this man. Here is another fun fact. Did you know Amitabh Bachchan debuted as an actor in Saat Hindustaani

Also Read: Amitabh Bachchan Pays Tribute At Special 26/11 Concert. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shweta, Abhishek Attend


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During his days of struggle, Amitabh Bachchan received alot of support from the late actor, producer Mehmood who was his mentor and offered him a place to stay in his home.

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Here is a last lesser known fact of the icon. Did you know that Amitabh Bachchan had 12 consecutive flops before his first big hit Zanjeer. The rest is history as they say.