New Delhi: ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan is celebrating his 74th birthday today. Actor Amitabh is surely one of best actor the Bollywood industry has seen so far. The actor was born on 11th October, 1942 in Allahabad, India. Amitabh, because of his roles in the films, is regarded as one of the most influential actors.

In 1969, Amitabh started his career in the industry by making a debut in ‘Saat Hindustani’. Sr. Bachchan gained popularity in the early 70s’ when he starred in movies like Zanjeer and Deewar. He was bestowed by India’s ‘angry young man’ for his roles in the Indian cinema. Amitabh Bachchan met actor Jaya Bhaduri in Pune’s famous Film Institute, FTII and later got married to her in 1973.

Below is the list of 10 lesser known facts about India’s ‘angry young man’ Amitabh Bachchan:

1) Amitabh Bachchan was born to a family of geniuses. His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a renowned poet, wanted to name him as Inquilaab but chose to name him Amitabh instead, which means ‘eternal brilliance’. Also, an unknown fact, the surname Bachchan, was Harivansh Rai’s pen name, which was later adopted by the family. Their real surname was Shrivastava.

2) Amitabh Bachchan has a unique USP in him. The superstar of Bollywood can write with both hands.

3) Mr. Bachchan was very keen to join the Indian Air force. Also, he wanted to become an engineer.

4) Big B is quite passionate about collecting watches and pens.

5) It’s hard to believe that during Amitabh Bachchan’s struggling days, he spent a few nights on a bench at Marine Drive in Mumbai.

6) For an actor who earns crores today, his first salary was just Rs. 300.

7) Amitabh Bachchan who has sung many songs in movies like Baghban, Silsila, Hum and many more, was rejected by the All India Radio because of his husky voice.

8) Late actor Mehmood was also a mentor of actor Amitabh Bachchan in his struggling days and he also offered Amitabh a place to stay in his house.

9) Big B is known to suffer from asthma. Also, he has a rare muscular disorder known as myasthenia gravis.

10) Shahenshah of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan has played more double roles than any other actor in the Indian Cinema, and in Mahaan, he had a triple role.

We wish Amitabh Bachchan a very Happy Birthday!