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Amitabh Bachchan Turns 71 Today: Ages With Grace And Style

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Amitabh Bachchan, the angry young man of Bollywood turns 71 today, October 11. This legendary actor has appeared in more than 180 films so far. He has been part of the Bollywood film industry for more than four decades. That is indeed a very long career in the industry and he has contributed largely to the Indian cinema that has even fetched him the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan and 2001.

Big B was born on this day in the year 1942. On this special day, we take the opportunity to give interesting and unknown facts about this legend. Bachchan was initially named as Inquilaab which means revolution. This was during the independence and his parents had named him accordingly. However, they later changed it to Amitabh which means ‘the light that will never die'. Well, the name and its meaning suit him just perfect. In his long career in Bollywood, even with ups and downs, Big B continues to shine bright.

It's not just his acting but also his calm aura around him that makes him one of the most influential actors in India. He began his career in the film industry as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's Bhuvan Shome. He started from the ground level and just kept evolving in the industry. Even with failures at the start, Bachchan did not give up hopes. He dreamed big and made it big and look what we call him now - BIG B. He is a true legend who sets an example for the rest of the country. Even at 71, he does not look old to us because he has aged with style and class. We wish Big B a very happy birthday.

Have a look at the slide show for interesting and unknown facts about Big B.

First Salary

Amitabh Bachchan's first salary was Rs 500 back then. It was not a cake walk into the industry for Big B. 

Flops

This megastar has given 12 consecutive flops before his first big hit Zanjeer. Now Zanjeer is even remade into a new film.

Records

Big B holds the record for most number of best actor nominations for popular film awards.

Never Borrow Policy

Big B follows in the 'the never borrow policy'. "Never borrow ... and if you give, never expect that it shall come back to you ! Golden teachings by my Father," is what he said in his blog. 

Cars

Big B owns 11 cars, including one Lexus, two BMWs and three Mercedes. His favourite is the Lexus. The car is bulletproof. The car has radial tyres that are normally used for Formula 1 races. The cost of each tyre is Rs 2.5 lakh.

Hates Bollywood

Well, Amitabh Bachchan does not actually hate the Bollywood industry. He just hates the word Bollywood which is the word that most use to describe the Hindi film industry.

Names

His favourite screen name is Vijay as seen in over 20 movies. Another common name has been Amit.

Surname

Amitabh's actual surname was Shrivastava, his father had adopted the pen name Bachchan. So, the family adopted this surname.

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