Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is one name in the Hindi film industry which has a global presence. The thespian is renowned worldwide for his impeccable acting prowess and effortless acting technique. Padma Bhushan Amitabh has a huge fan following, and is known for his magnetic screen presence. The 73-year-old actor is a legend in itself and there are many unknown facts, which we are sure you all must be curious to read. Let's take a look at some of the lesser known facts about Big B:
Big B was a dominant face in Hindi cinema during the 1970s-80s. The thespian has featured in as many as 180 films so far, reportedly. Such a powerful impact Bachchan senior has on the silver screen that French director François Truffaut called him a 'one-man industry'.
It is quite imminent that a towering personality like that of Amitabh Bachchan is blessed with a kitty full of awards. He has won three prestigious National Film Awards as Best Actor, besides having fourteen Filmfare Awards. The legendary star was awarded by the government of India with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and recently the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions in the field of art and cinema. The Government of France has also honoured him with it's highest civilian honour Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.
It's not just in Indian cinema that Bachchan senior is well-known for his craft but also in the Western world. Amitabh Bachchan made his impressive debut in Hollywood flick 'The Great Gatsby' in 2013 opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Big B played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim in the film and also shared space in the poster/trailer.
Born in the family of literary genius, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh was initially named Inquilaab by his parents—Harivansh Rai and Teji Bachchan. His name was inspired by the popular slogan of Inquilab Zindabad during the Indian freedom struggle. Also, the surname Bachchan was Harivansh Rai's pen name, which he chose to stick with. Their real surname is Srivastava.
Bachchan has been involved in many noble causes. He donated Rs11 lakh to clear the debts of nearly 40 beleaguered farmers in Andhra Pradesh. He also gave Rs 2.5 lakh to Delhi Police constable Subhash Chand Tomar's family,who died after succumbing to injuries during anti-gangrape protest for 2012 Delhi gang rape, reportedly. The megastar was also a keen supporter in PETA India's campaign to free, Sunder, a 14-year-old elephant, who was chained and tortured in a temple in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.