He is known by his name and Amitabh Bachchan remains to be one of the most respected superstars of this country. He is also fondly known as the Big ‘B’! But did you know that his original surname was ‘Bachchan’. Amitabh has taken to his tumblr blog wherein he has explained that how his father Harivanshrai took up his pen name as his surname.
Amitabh Bachchan explained that the word ‘Bachchan’ was just a nom de plume but when the actor was taking admission in school, his parents decided to use it as a surname. He said, “The caste system in the land has been prevalent for centuries, followed diligently by many and now defied by many too. An ailment that has plagued our society or not by some. Babuji was a strong opposer of the caste system, the surname in Indian names described and related to a particular caste .. Srivastav, Sahai, Verma, Mathur the Kayasth caste ; Sharma, Iyer the Brahmin upper caste, Singh the Kshatriya , the warriors fighters .. and on .. Babuji was born in a Kayasth home and a Srivastav .. but his temperament was always against the ailment of caste .. his nome d plume , his ‘takhallus’ his pen name he designed as ‘BACHCHAN’ .. poets writers of great eminence often designed their names with a nom d plume ..”
He went on to add, “So, ‘Bachchan’ became my Father’s pen name, his poetic nom d 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 .. I then became the first bearer of the surname Bachchan .. and it has remained so .. and shall remain so ..”