What comes to your mind when your hear Amitabh Bachchan’s name? Apart from being a legend, who is still open to challenges for trying new things, he is a great husband, dotting father, a dreamy father-in-law and above all; he is the coolest grandpa anyone could ever wish for.
Making his debut in 1969 Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’s Saath Hindustani, senior Bachchan has faced both ups and downs in the industry. Although he was the elder son of maestro poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, but his journey is Bollywood was no cake walk. He had is own set of struggling days but people knew that he has something special.
Amitabh Bachchan was tall, with a distinctive voice and loads of raw talent. He needed the right breakthrough and he got it with Prakash Mehra's 1973 mega hit movie, Zanjeer. Ever since the release of that movie, Big B has been enjoying his fair share of success, mega success; keeping aside the two major downfall he faced- first, after the shooting accident in Manmohan Desai and Prayag Raj's Coolie, fans had almost lost hope on Amitabh Bachchan but he came back like a tiger. And second, when in 2000s Amitabh gave many flops in line, however, thanks to Aditya Chopra's 2000 mega blockbuster Mohabbatein and to his TV debut on Kaun Banega Crorepati; Bachchan was back on track and he was stronger than ever!
Well, any Bollywood buff can go on and on about Amitabh Bachchan and his legacy; we’re here to tell you something that is not very much talked about. Yes, we know that Amitabh is happily married to Bollywood actress Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan and yes, we all know about his scandalous affair with the gorgeous Rekha, but do you know about his other affairs too? Don’t get your hopes high, there were not too many but there are enough to talk about now.
Before tying the knot with beautiful Jaya, Amitabh Bachchan is rumoured to be romantically involved with actresses Rekha, Parveen Babi and Zeenat Amaan. Have a look!
Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman
The bold and beautiful actress of Bollywood, Zeenat Aman couldn't resist the charm of our angry young man. Though their relationship didn't last long and did not come in the eyes of the media. Aparently, Amitabh wasn't in for tying the knot and Zeenat was eager too. She had affairs with Sanjay Khan and Mazhar Khan which ended into short marriages.
Amitabh Bachchan and Parveen Babi
Parveen Babi was the first Bollywood actress to feature on the cover of Time magazine. She was confident. Bold. Seductive. And ahead of her time, for sure. She used to makes new headlines everyday, there were rumours about her affairs with Danny Denzongpa, Kabir Bedi and Mahesh Bhatt. Then she worked with senior Bachchan in numerous movies including Amar Akbar Anthony, Namak Halaal, Do Aur Do Paanch, Deewar, Majboor and Kaala Pathar, which ultimately led to the rumour of their affair.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha
Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha's love story shall always be the greatest unfinished love story of all time. The most controversial and scandalous affair of B-Town, Amitabh Bachchan has always been in denial but Rekha has boldly accepted their love! It all began on the sets of Do Ajnabee and even before they knew, they started meeting secrety at a bunglow that belonged to Rekha's friend. Everything was good and in secrecy until Amitabh lost his cool when another co-star was misbehaving with Rekha; that grabbed everyone's attention and pulled their cat out of the bag! Post this drama, Jaya Bachchan invited Rekha over for a meal and decided to confront her that he is not going to leave her husband at any cost. Rekha was heartbroken and Amitabh Bachchan's denial made ever her more upset. In an interview with Filmfare magazine, she reportedly said, “Why should he have not done it? He did it to protect his image, his family, his children. Why should the public know of my love for him or his love for me? I love him and he loves me- that’s it! If he’d reacted those ways towards me in private, I would have been very disappointed.”
It is believed that Rekha and Amitabh secretly got married because she showed up at Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh’s wedding wearing Sindoor and Mangalsutra. They last featured together in Yash Chopra's real life love triangle Silsila, which also featured Jaya Bachchan. “I was always on tenterhooks and scared (during Silsila) because it was real life coming into reel life. Jaya is his wife and Rekha is his girlfriend and the same story is going on (in real life). Anything could have happened because they are working together," Yash Chopra said while making a very controversial statement about them. Rekha wanted to marry Amitabh but she did not want the tag of the other woman. The rest is history.
Today, legend Amitabh Bachchan, turns 76 and we want to wish him all the success and happiness in the world. He may have had his change of heart and mind but now, he is happy married to his love, Jaya Bachchan. He is a proud father of Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Abhishek Bachchan and his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Moreover, he is a loving grandpa to Navya Naveli, Agastya and Aaradhya Bachchan.