Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is gearing up for his upcoming films, Gulabo Sitabo and Brahamastra and is all set to grace our screens. Big B is the the most famous Bachchan there could be, which made us wonder where his name was derived from. He recently shared some anecdotes about his last name and said that "Bachchan" was his father and legendary poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan's poetic nom de plume. The surname dates back to the ancient Indian caste system this is how the surname was passed down to him. The 76-year-old recently took the opportunity to explain to his fans where his name came from.
Taking to his online blog, Amitabh Bachchan discussed the caste system which was prevalent in ancient India. "The caste system in the land has been prevalent for centuries, followed diligently by many and now defied by many too, (it is) an ailment that has plagued our society or not by some," he wrote. He also went on to say that his father was a "strong opposer" of the caste system.
"Babuji was born in a Kayasth home and a Srivastav. But his temperament was always against the ailment of caste, his nome de plume, his 'takhallus' his pen name he designed as 'BACHCHAN'. Poets writers of great eminence often designed their names with a nom de plume. So 'Bachchan' became my Father's pen name, his poetic nom de plume but it lent credence of its concept later when I was born, on being admitted to my first School, and being asked by the teachers what surname of this boy was to be filled in the admission form my Mother and father had a quick discussion and it was decided that 'Bachchan' would be the family surname," he wrote.
The actor said he became the first bearer of the surname Bachchan. "And it has remained so and shall remain so... My Father... the Bachchan (and) I the proud bearer of this surname," he concluded his blog.
So now fans can have a better understanding of where the powerful Bachchan clan really got their surname from.