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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

Amitabh Bachchan says he’s an Indian and adds, ‘My surname Bachchan does not belong to any religion’

Speaking at the Gandhi Jayanti episode of KBC, Amitabh Bachchan mentioned how his father, Harivanshrai Bachchan, was against using a religion-based surname and went with ‘Bachchan’ at his son’s Kindergarden admission.

bollywood Updated: Oct 02, 2019 17:17 IST

Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
On Gandhi Jayanti, Amitabh Bachchan will interact with sociologist Bindeshwar Pathak on Kaun Banega Crorepati.
On Gandhi Jayanti, Amitabh Bachchan will interact with sociologist Bindeshwar Pathak on Kaun Banega Crorepati.(IANS)
         

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan says he does not belong to any religion. On the Gandhi Jayanti special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati, host Big B will be seen sharing an anecdote with the sociologist Bindeshwar Pathak.

“My surname ‘Bachchan’ does not belong to any religion as my father was against it. My surname was Srivastava, but we never believed in it. I feel proud saying is that I’m the first person to hold this family name. When I was taking admission to Kindergarten, my father was asked my surname and then he decided that my surname would be ‘Bachchan’. When Census employees come to my place, they ask me about my religion and I always answer that I belong to no religion, I’m Indian,” said Bachchan.

Amitabh Bachchan during a programme organised as a part of Banega Swachh India campaign in Mumbai on Oct 1, 2019.
Amitabh Bachchan during a programme organised as a part of Banega Swachh India campaign in Mumbai on Oct 1, 2019. ( IANS )

Big B also spoke about his family tradition of starting the Holi festival by putting colour on the foot of a person who is highly respected and elderly.

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“I have no shame in saying that my father respected the people around him. It was our tradition that a person during Holi puts colour on the feet of the eldest and highly respected man. My father Harivansh Rai Bachchan used to put colors on the legs of the person who cleaned toilets before starting his celebration,” he added.

The episode will air on Sony TV on Wednesday.

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