What do you think about Big-B?
January 27, 2007 3:00am CST
Amitabh Bachchan was born in the city of Allahabad, India to mother, Teji, and father, Harivansh Rai, Bachchan. Dr.Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a well-known poet of Urdu and Hindi. Though his surname was Srivastav, he adopted the pen-name Bachchan, under which was pubished all his work. It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films, and, for all public purposes, it has become the surname of all members of the current family. His mother is Sikh, born in Punjab, India; his father was a Hindu Kayastha from Uttar Pradesh, hence popularly known as an 'UPite'. Bachchan attended Allahabad's Boys' High School, followed by Nainital's Sherwood College, where he gained a degree in art. He later went on to study at Kirori Mal College in Delhi University earning a degree in science. In his twenties, Bachchan gave up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Kolkata, to pursue a career in acting. He is married to actress Jaya Bachchan (née Bhaduri). The couple have two children: daughter, Shweta and son, Abhishek. Abhishek Bachchan is also an Indian-film actor. In 1984, Amitabh briefly entered politics in support of long-time family friend, Rajiv Gandhi. He contested Allahabad's Parliament seat against H. N. Bahuguna, a well-known politician, and won by a large margin (68.2% of the vote). His political career, however, was short-lived: He resigned after three years, leaving his term incomplete. The resignation followed Bachchan's implication in the 'Bofors scandal' by a newspaper, which he vowed to take to court. Bachchan was eventually found not to be guilty of involvement in the ordeal