Abhishek Bachchan, born February 5th 1976, is the son of Amitabh Bachchan and actress Jaya Bachchan. His elder sister is Shweta Bachchan-Nanda (b. 1974). His grandfather, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a poet of Hindi literature and professor at the Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh. The original surname of his family is Srivastava, Bachchan being the pen name used by his grandfather. However, when Amitabh entered films, he did so under his father's pen name. Bachchan is of Kayastha heritage on his father's side, Bengali from his mother's side and Punjabi from his grandmother's side. Time magazine listed Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on its list of most influential Indians.
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