In a recent episode of the riveting show, Kaun Banega Crorepati 15, the legendary Amitabh Bachchan, a luminary of Indian cinema, unveiled a captivating family secret that added a layer of depth to his father’s legacy. The revelation surfaced in response to a contestant’s question related to the illustrious Sarojini Naidu. When the participant correctly answered the query, Amitabh Bachchan hesitated momentarily before sharing a heartwarming insight: “I find myself a bit hesitant to reveal this, but it’s an authentic piece of our history – Sarojini Naidu was an ardent admirer of my ‘babuji’ [father]. You see, my father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, had an ‘intercaste marriage.’ My mother, Teji [Bachchan], hailed from a Sikh family. Back in the days when we resided in the historic city of Allahabad, intercaste unions weren’t readily accepted. The opposition against my father’s choice to marry my mother was formidable.”
As the audience leaned in with rapt attention, Amitabh Bachchan continued, “It was Sarojini Naidu who played a pivotal role in offering solace to my father during those trying times. She extended a helping hand and, in a stroke of fate, introduced him to none other than Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who resided in the illustrious Anand Bhavan in Allahabad. The memory of how she introduced my father to the Prime Minister remains etched in my mind. She said, ‘Meet the poet and his poetry.'”
Harivansh Rai Bachchan, renowned for his literary masterpieces such as “Madhushala” and “Agneepath,” left an indelible mark on the world of Hindi literature.
A poignant anecdote revealed in one of Amitabh Bachchan’s blogs sheds further light on the profound bond between father and son. He shared, “I am unsure whether I have truly embodied the spirit of my grandfather, but I’ve spared no effort in doing so. The blessings of the divine, the affection of my elders, and the prayers of countless well-wishers have, by good fortune, remained with me throughout my journey. I owe my immeasurable love and gratitude to them all.”
As we eagerly anticipate more from the iconic actor, it’s worth noting that Amitabh Bachchan has an array of exciting projects on the horizon. He’s set to grace the silver screen alongside Prabhas and Deepika Padukone in “Kalki 2898 AD” and is also gearing up for the Hindi remake of the hit Hollywood film “The Intern.” Furthermore, fans can look forward to his collaboration with Tiger Shroff in “Ganapath.” Amitabh Bachchan’s enduring legacy continues to thrive, both on and off the screen, enriching the world with his talent and charisma.