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Big B Turns 75! Get To Know The Legend More With These Unknown Facts

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Legendary Bollywood actor, Amitabh Bachchan reaches another milestone in life as he turns 75 on Wednesday. The timeless icon has given many memorable roles to Indian cinema. His characters from Shahenshah to Mr Natwarlal and Jai of 'Sholay' not just entertained us but became an important part of our lives.

Despite facing so many hardships in life, the actor has reached a stage where no other actor comes at par with him. His professional and personal choices have made him the man that he is today. We, at News World India, celebrate the birthday of the biggest megastar of this era by presenting some unique facts about him.

1. His real name is Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava. Bachchan was his father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan's pen name which he took up

2. Amitabh Bachchan was rejected from All India Radio because of his baritone voice

3. Acting was not his priority. He wanted to be an engineer or an officer with Indian Airforce

4. He realized his love for acting in Kolkata but like AIR, Filmfare also rejected him in the first round itself

5. In his struggling days, he spent many nights sleeping on the benches of Marine Drive

6. He got his first break with Mrinal Sen's 'Bhuvan Shome' in 1969 in which he lent his voice for the narration

7. Despite being in Bollywood for so many years, the actor has kept himself away from alcohol and cigarette

8. He has admitted to being a foodie but prefers vegetarian food and does not drink tea or coffee

9. He stopped endorsing Pepsi after a school girl asked him that why he promotes something which her teacher brands as poison

10. He got his big break with 1969's 'Saat Hindustani' after Tinnu Anand was dropped out of the film, which became his only black and white film

11. Mehmood who sheltered him during his struggling days also mentored him for his breakthrough role in 'Anand'

12. The actor holds a very calm demeanour in real life despite being the 'Angry Young Man' of Bollywood

13. His personal haven, Jalsa was apparently gifted to the icon by Ramesh Sippy for his great performance in 'Satte Pe Satta'

14. Amitabh's role in the mega-hit, 'Sholay' was earlier offered to Shatrughan Sinha

15. The actor's most favourite place for holidays is the Maldives where the Bachchan family will celebrate Senior Bachchan's birthday this year

16. He was the first Indian actor to receive payment in crores

17. Amitabh is the first living Asian to have a wax statue displayed at Madame Tussaud’s in London

18. He is a firm believer of Lord Ganesha and often visits Siddhivinayak Temple at Dadar in Mumbai

19. He practices Yoga on daily basis which is also the reason for his fit personality even at the age of 75

20. The actor is blessed with the talent of being right-handed and left-handed, he can write with both left and right hands.

21. His first choice for Abhishek Bachchan as a wife was Rani Mukherjee

22. Amitabh Bachchan married Jaya Bhaduri after the success of 'Zanjeer' in 1973 as promised to their family

23. Bachchan’s real parents Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan make an appearance in his film, 'Kabhi Kabhie' during a wedding sequence

24. Reportedly, Yash Chopra changed his initial casting of Parveen Babi and Smita Patil in 'Silsila' opposite Amitabh to Jaya Bachchan and Rekha post the rumours of the latter's alleged affair with the actor.

25. The actor has received four best actor National Awards for Agneepath (1990), Black (2005), Paa (2009) and Piku (2015) respectively.

We wish the Shahenshah of Bollywood a very Happy 75th Birthday!