Failures are the stepping stones of success. Very true for this actor as he has faced more failures than any other actors in Bollywood despite being the best.
Failures of Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan
1) Rejected by AIR
Amitabh Bachchan was once rejected by broadcaster ‘All India Radio’ because they did not like his voice. Ironically, today the actor’s deep baritone and impeccable dialogue delivery have acquired iconic status. He has, in fact, worked as a playback singer for 29 movies and in 2005, even lent his voice as narrator to Luc Jacquet’s Oscar-winning French documentary, March of the Penguins.
2) 12 Consecutive Bollywood Flops
The superstar has given 12 consecutive flops before his first big hit Zanjeer, post which he was titled with the name ‘angry young man’
3) Mr Bachchan was paid ₹1,000 for his debut film
Amitabh Bachan had a tough time as he was paid with only ₹1000 for his movies, his debut being ‘Saat Hindustani’. Although currently he is being paid ₹ 147.5 crores for his films. He ranks as the fourth actor topping the list of ‘Highest Paid Bollywood Actors’. I feel this is what he defines as his success.
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4) Lended place to stay
Comedian Mehmood was also a mentor to Mr Bachchan in his days of struggle and offered him place to stay in his own home.
5) Amitabh’s home was Bankrupt
While the year 2000 started welcoming the millennium, Amitabh was in crisis as he faced Bankruptcy. It was then Bachchan spoke with Yash Chopra which gave rise to ‘Mohabbatein’.
Success stories of Big B
Though there are infinite success stories of Amitabh, described below are truly commendable.
1) First Asian at the London’s Madame Tussauds
Amitabh Bachchan is the first living Asian and Bollywood star to be immortalized at London’s Madame Tussauds wax museum in 2000. Not only this, his wax statues were placed in New York in 2009, Hong Kong in 2011, Bangkok in 2011 and Washington, DC in 2012.
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2) Actor of the Century
In 2001, Amitabh Bachchan was honoured with the ‘Actor of the Century’ award at an Alexandria Film Festival in Egypt. He was also awarded the Padma Bhushan the same year. He was also named “Actor of the Millennium” in a BBC News Poll ahead of such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, and Marlon Brando.
3) Global Superstar
Bruce Willis once commented, at the opening of Planet Hollywood, that Mr Bachchan was “bigger than any Hollywood star”. In 2003, he was conferred with the honorary citizenship of the French town of Deauville.
4) Legion of Honour
He was awarded as the Legion of Honour in France during the year 2007. He is the pride owner of 3 national film awards with the latest one in Black.
5) Luxury is what he loves
The flooring at Amitabh’s home is Italian marble, the bath fittings are from France and Germany. Big B owns 11 cars, including one Lexus, two BMWs and three Mercedes.His favourite is the Lexus, which is bulletproof. It has radial tyres that are normally used for Formula 1 races. The cost of each tyre is Rs 2.5 lakh.
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