Did You Know: Amitabh Bachchan Was Rejected By Indian Air Force Because Of THIS Reason

Did you know that Amitabh Bachchan wanted to join the Indian Air Force but was deemed ineligible.

Entertainment Desk
Written By: Entertainment Desk
Updated: November 05, 2023 | 11:00 IST
Amitabh Bachchan
Did you know that Amitabh Bachchan wanted to join the Indian Air Force but was deemed ineligible.

Amitabh Bachchan is arguably one of the best actors that India has ever seen. He has starred in several memorable movies like 'Sholay', 'Deewar', 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Silsila', 'Kabhi Kabhi', and 'Shahenshah'. However, did you know that there was a time when Big B wanted to join the Indian Air Force but was unable to do so? In a recent 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 15' episode, Amitabh Bahchchan shared that his application to join the Indian Air Force was rejected because his "legs were too long."

It all started with Amitabh Bachchan asking a contestant named Jeetendra Kumar that whether he always wanted to become an accountant. The contestant then said, "“No, I actually wanted to go into the Air Force. I also went to take many exams for NDA. A friend of mine told me that even though you had taken the exam for the Air Force, is it true?”

To this, Amitabh Bachchan replied, "When I completed my schooling, I didn’t know what to do. I used to stay in Delhi with my family, and a major general from the Army used to stay nearby. He once came to our place and asked my father to send me and told him that I would become a big officer in the Army, but I wanted to go into the Air Force but nothing happened.”

"When I went for the interview, they rejected me saying that my legs were too long. I cannot be eligible for the Air Force," he added.

For the unversed, Amitabh Bachchan had his movie debut in 1969 with 'Saat Hindustani'. However, acclaim came through his way in 1971 with Rajesh Khanna-starrer 'Anand'. 

The actor has been relevant in showbiz for more than 54 years now, and Big B has acted in almost 200 movies. 

Speaking of Amitabh Bachchan, he will next be seen in 'Kalki 2898 AD' alongside Prabhas, Disha Patani, Deepika Padukone, Kamal Haasan, SS Rajamouli and Dulquer Salmaan.

The actor will also be playing a key role in Rajinikanth-starrer 'Thalaivar 170'.

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