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Amitabh Bachchan Height, Age, Wife, Family, Caste, Biography & More

Amitabh Bachchan

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Bio/Wiki
Full NameAmitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava
Nickname(s)Munna, Big B, Angry Young Man, AB Sr., Amith, Shahenshah of Bollywood
Profession(s)Actor, TV Host, Former Politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 185 cm
in meters- 1.85 m
in Feet Inches- 6’ 1”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 80 kg
in Pounds- 176 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 inches
- Waist: 34 inches
- Biceps: 12 inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth11 October 1942
Age (as in 2018) 76 Years
BirthplaceAllahabad, United Provinces, British India (now, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Zodiac sign/Sun signLibra
SignatureAmitabh Bachchan Signature
NationalityIndian
HometownAllahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
SchoolJnana Pramodhini, Boys High School, Allahabad
College/University• Sherwood College, Nainital, India
• Kirori Mal College, New Delhi, India
Educational QualificationBachelor of Science
DebutBollywood Film- Saat Hindustani (1969)
Amitabh Bachchan in Saat Hindustani
Hollywood Film- The Great Gatsby (2013)
Amithabh Bachchan's Hollywood Debut Film- The Great Gatsby
As A Producer- Gulabi (1996)
Amitabh Bachchan produced Tere Mere Sapne (1996)
Television- Kaun Banega Crorepati - KBC (2000)
Amitabh Bachchan Kaun Banega Crorepati
ReligionHinduism
CasteKayastha
Food HabitVegetarian (quit eating non-vegetarian)
Political InclinationIndian National Congress (INC)
AddressJalsa,
B/2, Kapol Housing Society,
VL Mehta Road, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049, Maharashtra, India
Amitabh Bachchan House Jalsa
HobbiesSinging, Blogging, Reading
Awards, Honours, Achievements Civilian Awards
1984: Padma Shri by the Government of India
2001: Padma Bhushan by the Government of India
2007: Knight of the Legion of Honour (France's highest civilian honour from the Government of France)
2015: Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India
Amitabh Bachchan receiving Padma Vibhushan

National Honours
1980: Awadh Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh
1994: Yash Bharti Award (Uttar Pradesh's highest honour)
2005: Deenanath Mangeshkar award
2013: President of India 'Medallion of Honour'

National Film Award
1990: Best Actor for Agneepath
2005: Best Actor for Black
2009: Best Actor for Paa
2015: Best Actor for Piku

Polls
2002: Voted the "Hottest Male Vegetarian" by 'People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA)
2008: Voted "Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian Man"
2012: Voted the "Hottest Male Vegetarian" for the fourth time by 'People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA)
Controversies• His name appeared in the Bofors scandal in which he was later declared not-guilty.
• He was indicted for submitting false documents to prove that he is a farmer.
• Stardust imposed a 15-years ban on him during his peak acting years. According to his blog, he brought the idea of National Emergency and ban on Media. So, media took that otherwise and banned Amitabh Bachchan: means no interviews, no mention or pictures, etc.
• In 1996, he had to face a legal battle for organizing Miss World competition inappropriately.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsParveen Babi (Indian Actress)
Amitabh Bachchan with Parveen Babi
Rekha (Indian Actress)
Amitabh Bachchan with Rekha
Jaya Bhaduri (Indian Politician & Former Indian Actress)
Marriage Date3 June 1973
Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya at the time of their marriage
Family
Wife/SpouseJaya Bhaduri Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan with his wife
ChildrenSon- Abhishek Bachchan (Actor)
Daughter- Shweta Bachchan Nanda
Amitabh Bachchan with his family
Daughter-in-law- Aishwarya Rai (Actress)
ParentsFather- Harivansh Rai Bachchan (Hindi Poet)
Mother- Teji Bachchan, Shyama (Step-mother)
Amitabh Bachchan with his parents
SiblingsBrother- Ajitabh Bachchan (Younger, Businessman)
Amitabh Bachchan with his brother Ajitabh Bachchan
Sister- None
Favourite Things
Favourite Food(s)Bhindi Sabzi, Jalebi, Kheer, Gulab Jamun
Favourite Sweet ShopJhama Sweets, Chembur, Mumbai
Favourite ActorDilip Kumar
Favourite ActressWaheeda Rehman
Favourite Film(s)Bollywood- Kagaz Ke Phool, Ganga Jamuna, Pyasa
Hollywood- Gone With The Wind, Godfather, Black, Scarface
Favourite Singer(s)Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Favourite ColourWhite
Favourite SportCricket
Favourite PerfumeLomani
Favourite Destination(s)London, Switzerland
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionBentley Arnage R, Bentley Continental GT, Lexus LX 470, Mercedes-Benz SL 500 AMG, Porche Cayman S, Range Rover SUV, Mini Cooper, Rolls Royce Phantom, Toyota Land Cruiser, BMW 760Li, BMW X5, Mercedes Benz S320, Mercedes Benz S600, Mercedes Benz E240
Amitabh Bachchan's Rolls Royce Phantom
Assets/PropertiesMovable Assets- worth over ₹460 crore
Immovable Assets- worth over ₹540 crore
Jewellery- worth over ₹62 crore
Vehicles- worth over ₹13 crore
Watches- worth over ₹3.5 crore
Pen(s)- worth over ₹9 lakh
Residential Properties- a 3,175 sqm residential property in Brignogan Plage in France (in addition, properties in Noida, Bhopal, Pune, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar)
Agricultural Land- a 3-acre plot worth ₹5.7 crore in Daulatpur area of Barabanki district
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)₹20 Crores/film (As in 2018)
Net Worth (approx.)₹1000 Crores (as in 2018)

Amitabh Bachchan

Some Lesser Known Facts About Amitabh Bachchan

  • Does Amitabh Bachchan smoke?: No (quit smoking since the early 1980s)
  • Does Amitabh Bachchan drink alcohol?: No (quit drinking since the early 1980s)
  • His forefathers belonged to the village- Babupatti of Pratapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh.
  • His mother, Teji Bachchan, was a Sikh and hailed from Lyallpur (now Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan).
  • His father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a renowned Hindi poet.
  • Initially, he was named- ‘Inquilab,’ but after the suggestion of Sumitranandan Pant (a fellow poet of Harivansh Rai Bachchan), it was changed to ‘Amitabh,’ which means- ‘The light that will never die.’

    Amitabh Bachchan in his childhood

    Amitabh Bachchan in his childhood

  • Although his real surname was ‘Srivastava,’ his father replaced it with ‘Bachchan, because his father Harivansh Rai abandoned the surname ‘Shrivastav’ to protest against the caste system in India.
  • His mother had interest in theatres, and was even offered a feature film role, which she denied later and preferred her domestic duties.
  • During his college days, he used to act in plays.

    A picture of a play starring Amitabh Bachchan during his college days

    A picture of a play starring Amitabh Bachchan during his college days

  • When he was young, he wanted to become an engineer and was eager to join the Indian Air Force.
  • During his college days, he was a good athlete and won the 100, 200 and 400-metre races. At the Sherwood in Nainital, he also won a Boxing Championship.
  • In 1983, his left hand was burnt during Diwali.
  • Amitabh, known for his Baritone voice, was once rejected by All India Radio.
  • Before making his acting debut in “Saat Hindustani,” he made his film debut as a voice narrator in the National Award winning film- “Bhuvan Shome” (1969) by Mrinal Sen.

    Amitabh Bachchan gave his voice to Bhuvan Shome

    Amitabh Bachchan gave his voice to Bhuvan Shome

  • For his role as a Doctor in the 1971 film- Anand, he was awarded his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • He shared the screen with his future wife Jaya Bhaduri for the first time in the film- Guddi (1971); in which he made a guest appearance.

    Amitabh Bachchan with Jaya Bachchan in Guddi

    Amitabh Bachchan with Jaya Bachchan in Guddi

  • He rose to stardom after the 1973 film- Zanjeer by Prakash Mehra; in which he played the role of Inspector Vijay Khanna. This film gave him the nickname- Angry Young Man, his performance in the film is also considered one of the most iconic performances in the history of Bollywood.

    Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer

    Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer

  • He got the fee of ₹1 lakh for his role of Jai in the iconic Indian film- Sholay (1975)
    Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay

    Amitabh Bachchan in Sholay

    Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan during the filming of Sholay

    Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan during the filming of Sholay

  • On 26 July 1982, he suffered a near-fatal injury while filming Coolie at the University Campus in Bangalore. He was also declared clinically dead for 11 minutes by the doctors till they plunged adrenaline injections into his chest saving his life.

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  • After the Coolie incident, he was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis (a long-term neuromuscular disease that leads to varying degrees of muscle weakness).
  • In 2017, during one of the episodes of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC), he spoke about his tryst with Hepatitis B. He said that he had lost 75% of his liver due to late diagnosis of the disease, which he contracted through a blood transfusion after the Coolie accident. He also said that he was infected with Tuberculosis (TB) on the set of KBC in 2000. However, after proper treatment, he is now free from Tuberculosis (TB). Amitabh was also appointed the UNICEF ambassador of the hepatitis B awareness campaign.

  • In 1984, he took a break from acting and entered politics to support his friend Rajiv Gandhi. He also contested for the Allahabad seat in the 8th Lok Sabha elections against H.N. Bahuguna and won with the highest victory margin in the history of the general elections (68.2% of the vote).

    Amitabh Bachchan during 8th Lok Sabha Election

    Amitabh Bachchan during 8th Lok Sabha Election

  • After 3 years in politics, he resigned, calling politics a cesspool.
  • When his company- ABCL (Amitabh Bachchan Corporation) failed, his friend, Amar Singh, helped him financially, following which, Amitabh started to support Amar Singh and his party- Samajwadi Party.
  • He won his First National Film Award for the Best Actor for his role as a Mafia Don in the 1990 film- Agneepath.

    Amitabh Bachchan in Agneepath

    Amitabh Bachchan in Agneepath

  • After the box-office failure of his film- Insaniyat (1994), he didn’t appear in any film for 5 years.
  • In 1996, he formed his film production company- Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL). ABCL was also the main sponsor of the 1996 Miss World beauty pageant at Bangalore, but lost millions.
  • His career and fame were revived in 2000 when he made his television debut with a game show- Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).

  • In June 2000, he became the First living Asian whose statue was modelled at the London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

    Amitabh Bachchan's wax statue at the Madame Tussauds, London

    Amitabh Bachchan’s wax statue at the Madame Tussauds, London

  • He can write evenly well with both of his hands.
  • Here’s a glimpse of some of his iconic dialogues:

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