Amitabh Bachchan Reveals The Story Behind His Surname, Explains Caste Connotations

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"And it has remained so and shall remain so... My Father... the Bachchan (and) I the proud bearer of this surname," Amitabh Bachchan wrote in his blog.

Written By Chetna Kapoor | Mumbai | Updated On:

Amitabh Bachchan in his blog post recently revealed the story behind his surname 'Bachchan' and also in-length discussed how caste system is prevalent in India.

Revealing that 'Bachchan' came into existence because of his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, BigB said that it was his 'Babuji's pen name as a poet' and said that it was his father's poetic nome de plume. 'Gulabo Sitabo' actor also stressed on the fact that hs father was a 'strong opposer' of caste system and how "the pain of Babuji’s penance has been given the name ‘Bachchan’ .. he has attached his entire fame and his entire life in this name", superstar wrote in his blog.

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The 'Badla' actor ended his blog by saying that he was the first bearer of the surname Bachchan and is proud of the same, 'My Father .. the Bachchan .. and I the proud bearer of this surname,' Amitabh Bachchan wrote.

Read his blog here -

‘The word ‘Bachchan’ is coined not merely as a nom de plume… Nor is it a qualitative adjective for a noun or verb… It does not mean बच्चा or बचा हुआ or बचना … and quite definitely it does not indicate a gotra or a caste…
The association of Bachchan with a caste is a mockery of the whole vision of Babuji, unless you are presenting the conflict between humanity and the indignity of caste-based discrimination …
Bachchan is the equivalent of a nation that is not divided into communities… 

बाबूजी ने अपने दर्द भरे तप को नाम दिया, “बच्चन” । उन्होंने अपनी सारी कीर्ती, सारा जीवन इस नाम से जोड दिया । 

the pain of Babuji’s penance has been given the name ‘Bachchan’ .. he has attached his entire fame and his entire life in this name .. I pray that you will not allow the name to become a subject of mockery…’ 

.. 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 बच्चन  ‘BACHCHAN’ .. poets writers of great eminence often designed their names with a nom d plume .. 

Ram Dhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ ; Shiv Mangal Singh ‘Suman’ ; Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’ ; Raghupati Sahai ‘Firaq Gorakhpuri’

.. all great poets and legends , some contemporaries of Babuji , some I had the honour of meeting and spending time with .. 

.. 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 ..

I had heard Firaq Gorakhpuri state once that ‘language has no caste’ .. could this have been the vision of my Father in designing his written works to be addressed in his pen name .. Bachchan .. a surname that did not depict caste  …. 

धर्म ग्रंथ सब जला चुकी है जिसके अंतर की ज्वाला ; मंदिर , मस्जिद , गिरजे - सब को तोड़ चुका जो  मतवाला ; पंडित , मोमिन , पादरियों के फंदों को जो काट चुका ; कर सकती है आज उससी का स्वागत मेरी मधुशाला ।

.. language has no caste  .. 

.. but they that did rebel against the system of caste by demonstrating through their writing and belief to alter name and surname, need recognition and applause .. need dignity and grace .. need respect reverence and approbation ..

“you can steal the name , but you cannot duplicate the grace”

My Father .. the Bachchan .. and I the proud bearer of this surname ..

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