It’s common knowledge that Amitabh Bachchan was refused a job by All India Radio, even though his rich baritone went on to become his USP. Now, he reveals that he has been a member of ham radio or the amateur radio club.
“Yes, I attended classes privately, soon after my Coolie (1983) accident when I was in Delhi, recuperating. I gave an examination, received my identity and became a recognised member,” Big B posted on his blog.
“But time and circumstances never permitted me to pursue its activities, so I stopped operating it. Now, I’m too far-gone in another direction and have forgotten all the training, as also my ID to be operational again,” he added.
But, while on a flight back from Poland, the 68-year-old interacted with the captain, who is a member of ham radio, and had read somewhere that Amitabh too is a recognised member.
“He’s sending me details of someone who can conduct classes for me, so I can get rejuvenated in this form of communication,” he wrote. Amateur radio is used for training for private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages and emergency communication. It operates on allocated frequencies and can’t be used for broadcast purposes.