“I have no religion, I’m an Indian”- says Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on Karamveer special episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 11.
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Sony Entertainment Television celebrates this special day with a true Gandhi follower- Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak who is known to make public toilets around the nation with the Municipal commissioner of Indore, Ashish Singh. During the episode, Amitabh Bachchan reveals some fun facts about his family tradition and how he got his last name to be ‘Bachchan’ as he is known now.
While Bindeshwar Pathak raised a chilling issue about getting no respect for the Dalits who are asked to clean toilets, Mr. Bachchan revealed his family tradition of starting their Holi festival by putting color on the foot of a person who is highly respected and elderly. He says, “I have no shame in saying that my father respected the people around him. It was our tradition that a person during Holi puts color on the feet of the eldest and highly respected man. My father Harivansh Rai Bachchan used to put colors on the legs of the person who cleaned toilets before starting his celebration”.
Further, he added saying, “My surname ‘Bachchan‘ does not belong to any religion as my father was against it. My surname was Srivastava but we never believed in it. I feel proud saying is that I’m the first person to hold this family name. When I was taking admission to Kindergarten, my father was asked my surname and then he decided that my surname would be ‘Bachchan’. When Census employees come to my place, they ask me about my religion and I always answer that I belong to no religion, I’m Indian.”