He began his career in films in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s ‘Bhuvan Shome’. Director Satyajit Ray also used his voice in his 1977 film ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’.
Big B had made his debut as an actor in 1969 with Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’s ‘Saat Hindustani’.
Amitabh Bachchan tried to become a radio presenter before trying his luck in Bollywood but he was rejected by All India Radio, Delhi.
He was also rejected during his first audition for films because he was too tall.
Mehmood had offered Amitabh a place to stay in his house during the latter’s days of struggle.
Sunil Dutt signed him for a mute’s role in ‘Reshma Aur Shera’ because of a letter of introduction from the then PM Indira Gandhi to friend Nargis.
Amitabh had 12 consecutive flops from 1969 to 1973 before delivering his first hit, ‘Zanjeer’.
Amitabh has played more double roles than any other actor. In ‘Mahaan’, he had a triple role.
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