From starting off as Amitabh Bachchan’s son and heir, to giving us great hits like Guru, and then marrying one of the world’s most beautiful women, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan has come a long way.
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The tall, dark and handsome actor, who has always held his own with his brooding charm and prankster ways, turns 38 today. On his birthday, here’s a dekko at 10 things you didn’t know about Abhishek Bachchan.
Abhishek Bachchan was dyslexic as a child. He worked real hard and overcame the disorder.
As a child, Abhishek was gifted a cute pony by his father for one of his birthdays. Awww!
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Did you know Abhishek is a college dropout? The actor was studying in Boston University but decided to drop out when his father’s company ABCL went into huge losses.
Abhishek Bachchan tried his luck as a LIC agent before deciding to get into films.*gasps*
Remember the iconic dance move by Amitabh Bachchan in the song Khaike Pan Benares Wala from the movie Don? The dance step was inspired by Abhishek’s fun dance at home.
Abhishek has a unique habit of collecting boarding cards. He has a large collection of boarding cards from all his travels around the world.
In 2010, he won his first National Film Award (as a producer) for Paa which also won the Best Feature Film in Hindi Award.
Do you know when Abhishek Bachchan met wife Aishwarya Rai for the first time? In an interview with a leading fashion magazine the actor revealed, “The first time I met Aishwarya was in August 1997. I was on a recce for my father’s film Mrityudata, in Switzerland and she was shooting her first film, Aur Pyar Ho Gaya, with my dear friend Bobby Deol. I remember one evening Bobby invited me over to his hotel for dinner and Aishwarya and the rest of the unit were there.
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That was the first time I actually met her, although I had obviously seen her before, since she has Miss World and all that. I don’t remember the moment when I knew she was the one, actually, which is weird, but it always just felt right. “
On several shooting trips to New York, Junior Bachchan would dream of getting married to Aishwarya while standing on a particular hotel balcony. His dream came true when he went back to NYC with Ash for the premiere of Guru, and proposed to her at the same hotel balcony. Just adorable, isn’t it?