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Biography

Amitabh Bachchan

Name Amitabh Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Date of birth 11 October 1942
Birth Place Allahabad, United Provinces,British India
Residence Prateeksha, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Sherwood College, Nainital
Kirori Mal College, Delhi University
Occupation Actor, producer, singer, television presenter
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Jaya Bhaduri (m. 1973)
Children 2; including Abhishek Bachchan
Parent(s) Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Teji Bachchan
Relatives Ajitabh Bachchan (brother)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (daughter-in-law)
Awards Padma Vibhushan 2015
Padma Bhushan 2001
Padma Shri 1984

 

About

Bachchan was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, in north central India. His ancestors hailed from a village called Babupatti in the Raniganj taluka of Pratapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh. His father Harivansh Rai Srivastava (Bachchan) was a well-known Hindi poet and his mother Teji Bachchan was a Punjabi Sikh from Lyallpur (now Faisalabad), Punjab. Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired by the phrase Inquilab Zindabad popularly used during the Indian independence struggle. In English, Inquilab Zindabad means “Long live the revolution.” However, at the suggestion of fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant, Harivansh Rai changed the boy’s name to Amitabh, which means “the light that will never die.”[citation needed] Although his surname was Shrivastava, Amitabh’s father had adopted the pen name Bachchan (“child-like” in colloquial Hindi), under which he published all of his works.[citation needed] It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films and for all other practical purposes, Bachchan has become the surname for all of his immediate family.[citation needed] Bachchan’s father died in 2003, and his mother in 2007. Bachchan is an alumnus of Sherwood College, Nainital. He later attended Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. He has a younger brother, Ajitabh. His mother had a keen interest in theatre and was offered a feature film role, but she preferred her domestic duties. Teji had some influence in Amitabh Bachchan’s choice of career because she always insisted that he should “take the centre stage.” Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bhaduri. The couple have two children, Shweta Nanda (wife of businessman Nikhil Nanda) and Abhishek Bachchan (actor and husband of actress Aishwarya Rai).

 

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