1 He has a double Master of Arts degree.
2 He wanted to become an engineer and had was keen to join the Indian Air Force.
3 He worked in Calcutta for the shipping firm Shaw & Wallace as executive and as a freight broker for Bird and Co.
4 His first salary was Rs 500.
5 It was in Calcutta that he bought a second-hand Fiat as his first car.
6 Though his surname was Shrivastava, his father had adopted the pen name Bachchan. Amitabh has stuck to this name only.
7 His actual height is 74 inches or 1.88 m, the tallest-ever top star in Hindi cinema.
8 His father considered naming him Inquilab (Revolution) before deciding on Amitabh (unending brilliance).
9 He made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's Bhuvan Shome.
10 Sunil Dutt signed him for a mute's role in Reshma Aur Shera because of a letter of introduction from then PM Indira Gandhi to friend Nargis.
11 Kalyanji-Anandji helped him in his struggling days and even introduced him to Prakash Mehra.
12 During his struggling days, Amitabh had spent a few nights on a bench at Marine Drive, Mumbai. He loves to point out to the bench every time he drives past it.
13 Director Satyajit Ray also used Bachchan's voice in his 1977 Shatranj Ke Khiladi.
14 Yet his baritone voice saw two rejections from the All India Radio. Ameen Sayani, radio ace, turned him down too in Mumbai.
15 He debuted in Saat Hindustani.