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Text your Bachchan Quotient!

Last updated on: October 11, 2004 22:23 IST
Amitabh Bachchan has probably the largest fan following on the planet (okay, okay, SRK is a close second).

The megastar is still so red hot at the box office. Audiences just can't seem to get enough of him.

Take this quiz on the movie icon who turned 62 on Monday, October 11! Plus: Check out some AB trivia as well.

1. For which film did Amitabh Bachchan get his first Filmfare Award in the supporting actor category?
a. Pyar Ki Kahani.
b. Anand.
c. Saat Hindustani.

2. For which film did Amitabh get a National Award?
a. Saudagar.
b. Agneepath.
c. Main Azad Hoon.

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong!
The correct answer is B.
Did you know? Amitabh had fared very well in his senior Cambridge examination especially in Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Surprisingly, the man who speaks in immaculate English today, fared poorly in the language in school.

So Amitabh opted for Science in college and dreamt of becoming the greatest scientist in the world! But in the first 45-minute lecture, Amitabh realised what a vast subject he had opted for and realised that he had made a mistake. It was too late by then.

Correct!
Did you know? Amitabh had fared very well in his senior Cambridge examination especially in Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Surprisingly, the man who speaks in immaculate English today, fared poorly in the language in school.

So Amitabh opted for Science in college and dreamt of becoming the greatest scientist in the world! But in the first 45-minute lecture, Amitabh realised what a vast subject he had opted for and realised that he had made a mistake. It was too late by then.

3. What was the name of Amitabh's character in his first film, Saat Hindustani?
a. Shabut Sanyal.
b. Mahadevan.
c. Anwar Ali.

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is C.
Did you know? Amitabh first met Jaya on the sets of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Guddi. The director introduced them to each other.

Later, when they became friends, there was a time when both Jaya and Amitabh had outdoor shoots to different places at the same time. They would not see each other for two and half months.

But Jaya's flight to Delhi was delayed. When she tried to get in touch with Amitabh to say goodbye, she couldn't get through. She went to his home later, thinking he wouldn't be there. The servant opened the door, and there was Amitabh! He asked her, 'Did you think I would go away without seeing you?'

Correct!
Did you know? Amitabh first met Jaya on the sets of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Guddi. The director introduced them to each other.

Later, when they became friends, there was a time when both Jaya and Amitabh had outdoor shoots to different places at the same time. They would not see each other for two and half months.

But Jaya's flight to Delhi was delayed. When she tried to get in touch with Amitabh to say goodbye, she couldn't get through. She went to his home later, thinking he wouldn't be there. The servant opened the door, and there was Amitabh! He asked her, 'Did you think I would go away without seeing you?'

4. Which of these films is produced by AB Corp Ltd?
a. Aankhen
b. Aks.
c. Agni Varsha

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is B.
Did you know? After Amitabh's accident on the sets of Coolie, Jaya suffered from falling hair. Soon, she cut her hair very short. This infuriated Amitabh so much that when they were holidaying abroad, he did not talk about anything but her hair, and how angry he was.

He was just as angry when daughter Shweta's hair was cut without his permission and for months later, he would say 'Kitne achche bal the, kaat diye.'

Correct!
Did you know? After Amitabh's accident on the sets of Coolie, Jaya suffered from falling hair. Soon, she cut her hair very short. This infuriated Amitabh so much that when they were holidaying abroad, he did not talk about anything but her hair, and how angry he was.

He was just as angry when daughter Shweta's hair was cut without his permission and for months later, he would say 'Kitne achche bal the, kaat diye.'

5. In which year did Amitabh get the Padma Shri?
a. 1982.
b. 1983.
c. 1984.

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong! The correct answer is C.

Did you know? Amitabh and Shashi Kapoor went for a stroll on a Goa beach during the shooting of Trishul. It was their day off.

When they did not return until sunset, everybody got worried. Later, at night, when they returned, they were said to be drunk.

It turned out that Amitabh had fallen sleep on a raft and drifted mid-sea. He only woke up when he hearing a plane, and somehow managed to come to shore. Shashi Kapoor was fast asleep on an isolated part of the beach.

Correct!
Did you know? Amitabh and Shashi Kapoor went for a stroll on a Goa beach during the shooting of Trishul. It was their day off.

When they did not return until sunset, everybody got worried. Later, at night, when they returned, they were said to be drunk.

It turned out that Amitabh had fallen sleep on a raft and drifted mid-sea. He only woke up when he hearing a plane, and somehow managed to come to shore. Shashi Kapoor, meanwhile, was fast asleep on an isolated part of the beach.

6. Name the first film in which Amitabh sang, and name the song.
a. Silsila, Neela Aasman.
b. Naseeb; Chal mere bhai.
c. Mr Natwarlal; Mere pas aao.

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong!
The correct answer is C.

Did you know? Amitabh once took Abhishek to the Epcot Centre, Disneyworld. Abhishek pestered him for a particular ice-cream but when he went to buy it, the flavour was not available. So he bought a different ice-cream that he disliked and threw it away. Later, he lied to his father saying that he had had his ice-cream, not realising that his father had been watching him.

Amitabh punished him by depriving him of the joyrides and making him stand in a corner. When they returned home, Amitabh explained his action. The next morning, he took Abhishek on all the rides that he had missed the previous evening.

Correct!
Did you know? Amitabh once took Abhishek to the Epcot Centre, Disneyworld. Abhishek pestered him for a particular ice-cream but when he went to buy it, the flavour was not available. So he bought a different ice-cream that he disliked and threw it away. Later, he lied to his father saying that he had had his ice-cream, not realising that his father had been watching him.

Amitabh punished him by depriving him of the joyrides and making him stand in a corner. When they returned home, Amitabh explained his action. The next morning, he took Abhishek on all the rides that he had missed the previous evening.

7. For which Abhishek movie did Amitabh make an unbilled appearance?
a. Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost.
b. Shararat.
c. Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya.

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong!
The correct answer is C.
Did you know? Sunil Dutt's Reshma Aur Shera was shot in Portsinha, 80 km from Jaisalmer. During the shoot, Ranjeet and Amitabh hid cameraman Ramchandra's drinks one night, when he was fast asleep, and kept his cot in the open air. Due to the cold weather, Ramchandra had high fever the next day and had to miss the shoot.

The same way, the duo even hid K N Singh's beer bottles in the sand. But these pranks got Sunil Dutt very angry, and he instructed the pranksters to return the bottles. But Amitabh and Ranjeet forgot to mark indications on the sand, where the bottles were hidden, and found them later with great difficulty. Because of this incident, juniors on the set were always looked at with suspicion!

Correct!
Did you know? Sunil Dutt's Reshma Aur Shera was shot in Portsinha, 80 km from Jaisalmer. During the shoot, Ranjeet and Amitabh hid cameraman Ramchandra's drinks one night, when he was fast asleep, and kept his cot in the open air. Due to the cold weather, Ramchandra had high fever the next day and had to miss the shoot.

The same way, the duo even hid K N Singh's beer bottles in the sand. But these pranks got Sunil Dutt very angry, and he instructed the pranksters to return the bottles. But Amitabh and Ranjeet forgot to mark indications on the sand, where the bottles were hidden, and found them later with great difficulty. Because of this incident, juniors on the set were always looked at with suspicion!

8. Which forthcoming Amitabh film is Mahesh Manjrekar directing?
a. Virrudh.
b. Sarkar.
c. Babul.

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Wrong!
The correct answer is A.
Did you know? Raakhee, cameraman Peter Robinson, Amitabh and few others had visited Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Still strugglers then, they could not afford the trip and the trip was sponsored. The group travelled in two Ambassador cars from Delhi and stayed in an old bungalow.

While travelling, the group was once very hungry but could not even afford a meal. Then Amitabh came up with a plan. On seeing a dhaba en route, he asked everyone to eat as much as they wanted to. When it was time to pay the bill, he removed a plastic snake and threw it on the table. People eating around panicked, and the owner asked everyone to clear the tables immediately. In all the commotion, nobody asked them for the bill.

Correct!
Did you know? Raakhee, cameraman Peter Robinson, Amitabh and few others had visited Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Still strugglers then, they could not afford the trip and the trip was sponsored. The group travelled in two Ambassador cars from Delhi and stayed in an old bungalow.

While travelling, the group was once very hungry but could not even afford a meal. Then Amitabh came up with a plan. On seeing a dhaba en route, he asked everyone to eat as much as they wanted to. When it was time to pay the bill, he removed a plastic snake and threw it on the table. People eating around panicked, and the owner asked everyone to clear the tables immediately. In all the commotion, nobody asked them for the bill.

9. How many movies did Amitabh star in with Jaya Bachchan?
a. 7.
b. 11.
c. 15.

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong!
The correct answer is B.
Correct!
Did you know? Amitabh was shooting the climax of Main Azad Hoon in Pune. It was an emotional scene, and the actor spent the morning learning the 13-page dialogues that he had to say. When it was time for a take, suddenly a bunch of people arrived at the location and started shouting slogans against Amitabh. Amitabh was then an MP and going through a rough patch.

Amitabh's bodyguards jumped towards him to shield him. After the incident, director Tinnu Anand wanted to pack up because everyone was upset. But Amitabh refused. He went through his lines again, and gave the shot in one take. When he finished, the crew gave him thunderous applause.

10. 'Yeh tumhare baap ka ghar nahin, police station hain, is liye seedhi tahrah khade raho.' Which film is this dialogue from?
a. Shahenshah.
b. Zanjeer.
c. Parvarish.

Wrong! Try again..
Wrong!
The correct answer is B.
Did you know? The 1996 Miss World pageant in Bangalore was organised by ABCL. There was much controversy raised by feminist organisations as they felt the contest would degrade women. They also claimed these contests were against Indian tradition.

Showrooms of the sponsors were ransacked, death threats were issued, Uma Bharti claimed that rivers of blood would flow. The police provided special security; ABCL paid Rs 2.20 crore for more security.

The event was successful and Miss Greece Irene Skliva was crowned Miss World.

Correct!
Did you know? The 1996 Miss World pageant in Bangalore was organised by ABCL. There was much controversy raised by feminist organisations as they felt the contest would degrade women. They also claimed these contests were against Indian tradition.

Showrooms of the sponsors were ransacked, death threats were issued, Uma Bharti claimed that rivers of blood would flow. The police provided special security; ABCL paid Rs 2.20 crore for more security.

The event was successful and Miss Greece Irene Skliva was crowned Miss World.

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