Bollywood's Shehanshaah Amitabh Bachchan turns 70 today. Often tagged as the "angry young man" of the industry, Mr Bachchan was born on this day in the year 1942. Big B has appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. He's one of the greatest and majestic actors of the tinselville.
We are here to treat all the Big B fans with some unknown facts about their favourite megastar:
1) Amitabh Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab by his parents, inspired from the phrase made famous during the Indian independence struggle, 'Inquilab Zindabad'.
2) He made his acting debut in Khwaja Ahmad Abbas's movie Saat Hindustani.
3) Amitabh Bachchan wanted to become an Engineer and had even contemplated joining the Indian Air Force at one point of his life.
4) During his struggling days, Big B had spent a few nights on a bench at Marine Drive, Mumbai.
5) It is said that Amitabh Bachchan received inspiration to act from his mother Teji Bachchan.
6) Amitabh Bachchan wrote his first poem when he was hospitalized in 1982. The poem got published in Dharam Yug because its editor Dr Dharamvir Bharati, who was also a great writer, was a family friend of the Bachchans.
7) He is fond of blogging. He is a regular blogger, in fact it's the last thing he does before signing off the day. He likes both blogging and Twitter. He believes that Twitter is faster but blogging is more peaceful.
8) Big B is a patriot. He had always wished of participating in the Freedom Struggle.
9) He was voted Star of the Millennium by BBC Online top legends as Charlie Chaplin and Marlon Brando.
10) He first met his life partner Jaya Bhaduri at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and later on the sets of 'Guddi'.
On behalf of Oneindia, we wish Mr Bachchan, 'A VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY'. We pray for his long life and sound health in future.