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Big B: the off-screen persona

From his love for the festival Holi to his punctuality, here are some of the Big B trivia.

entertainment Updated: Oct 11, 2007 12:09 IST

From his love for the festival Holi to his punctuality, here are some of the unknown facets of Amitabh Bachchan.

Amitabh Bachchan was to be named Inquilab before his father finally agreed on Amitabh, which means brilliance unlimited.

At home Amitabh Bachchan's folks call him Munna.

Had Amitabh Bachchan not been an actor, as he says, he would be selling milk in his hometown Allahabad.

<b1>Amitabh Bachchan holds an art degree from Sherwood College, Nainital.

When Amitabh Bachchan applied for the newsreader job in Radio, he was rejected because they didn't find his voice impressive. Today his burnished baritone voice is a rage.

Bachchan is an ardent fan of Waheeda Rehman. He considers her to be one of the most beautiful women on earth.

Bachchan was first cast opposite Rekha in Haseenon Ka Mela. But Rekha didn't fancy working with this lanky newcomer, as a result he was replaced Sanjay Khan!

Both the times Bachchan worked opposite Rajesh Khanna (Anand and Namak Haram), he ended up winning the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.

<b2>Big B is ambidextrous, i.e. he can write with both hands.

Bachchan loves to see women in sarees.

Big B, as he is popularly known, is a vegetarian and has an extremely sweet tooth. His favourite sweet being gulab jamuns from Jhama's in Chembur.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had written the script of Nana Patkar starrer Khamoshi with Amitabh Bachchan in mind.

Satyajit Ray was so impressed with Amitabh Bachchan that he decided to use his voice as commentary in Shatranj Ke Khiladi since he did not find any suitable role for him.

His favourite screen name is Vijay (Deewar, Zanjeer, Shakti) and favourite screen profession was to play a cop (Zanjeer, Ram Balram, Bade Miya Chote Miya, Aks).

A God-fearing person, Bachchan reads the Bhagwad Gita regularly.

AB has a penchant for watches and sunglasses, and possesses an enviable collection of both.

Bachchan is a punctuality freak. He always reports on time on the sets.

Bachchan and Jaya met for the first time at FTII, Pune, and then again on the sets of Guddi.

He's very particular about neatness and orderliness. Even as a struggling actor, his two-room apartment was scrupulously clean.

He loves Holi and is known to celebrate the festival of colours by throwing parties, at which half the film industry is invited. Part of the festivities includes bhang, colours and songs.