“Home is not a place, it is a feeling”, that is how Amitabh Bachchan defines homes and we couldn’t agree more. Whether or not you were a Bollywood fan, you certainly have heard about this Indian megastar or one of his family members. And if you still don’t like him as an actor, -which is very doubtful-, you would absolutely want to discover his properties.
Amitabh Bachchan, in addition to being the most popular star in the history of India’s cinema, he also seems to have a special taste in architecture. His residences are of the most popular landmarks in Mumbai making him also a brand, and in this article I will take you on a tour inside this actor’s five houses to satiate your curiosity and give you a glimpse at the interiors to feed your architect’s soul.
The word “Prateeksha” symbolizes hope and stability, and it is the first bangalow that Amitabh Bachchan’s family ever bought and built, which also explains the meaning of its name. The actor lived there with both his parents Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and kept going there after they left this world for celebrations and prayings under his parents’ temple.
Located in Juhu, this beautiful mansion is also a Mumbai Tourist attraction. It has a beautiful and well maintained green garden, and a spacious modern interior, with light wooden linings both on the walls and the floors.
Janak is considered to be the work sanctuary of Amitabh Bachchan, and it also houses the family’s gym. The appellation means “father” in Hindi, and even if there are very few pictures of the inside that have been shared, the house seems to be no less charming than the other Bachchan’s erodes.
One of the most luxurious houses located, no less than a palace, Jalsa is known to be the main Bachchan’s family home and you might have already seen it in Satte Pe Satta hit film (1982), or in many other films that were shot there like Anand, NamakHaram, Chupke Chupke, etc.
Lying in close proximity to megastar’s childhood home, with 10000 sq ft and two storeys, this spacious and magnificent property is no doubt an iconic landmark in the city and attracts many tourists and photographers. It is easily recognized for all the palm trees and shrubs on the sides of driveways that lead to the main dark wooden big gate serving as the main entrance. The inside of this house is as epic as its history, and it is exceptionally elegant and opulent.
The main living room, with that deep pistachio green corner, reflective surfaces and its traditional towering arches is simply a regal and authentic space with a special traditional touches, but is also home for ornately detailed baroque and vintage elements, multiple silver and metallic pieces, and other fascinating South Indian-style art pieces.
Another epic space in Jalsa is the family’s intimate and relaxing living room, where there is a sense of Mughal and Persian architecture accentuated with the light wooden panelling close fitting the walls that are also garnished with the family’s photographs and few other contemporary paintings. The mixture of the structure and decorations is complemented by wonderful light effects sending a cozy feeling to the atmosphere.
And last but not least, Amitabh Bachchan’s study and working area. This room, although it houses too many artworks and paintings, is still quite different from the interior of the rest of the aborde, for its modern aesthetic where the color palette is composed of a cream and light brown colors on the walls, and a plush olive green and a black coffee for the furniture.
4. The New Bangalow behind Jalsa
Located right behind the iconic Jalsa house and sprawling on 8000 square foot, this bungalow has been purchased and renovated by the Bachchans to serve as an extension to the main family house.
Another property in Juhu belonging to the Bachchan’s is called Vatsa, which means ”my dear child or calf”. This is the smallest of all Bachchan’s properties in Mumbai and it has been leased out to the CitiBank of India.
Not only his incredible talent and his good taste, but also and foremost the positivity that surrounds Amitabh Bachchan, this greatest megastar of the Bollywood business, has helped him cement a lasting position in the hearts of his admirers. Every Sunday evening outside his house, and for more than three decades, the gates of the royal abode are left open for fans to see him, where he greets them by standing on the improvised podium at the door. Fans may have previously seen the house from the exterior, but those who got a real-life sight of Jalsa are the lucky ones. However, after reading this article, and because you got here, I hope you already have an idea about how Big B’s houses are packed with beauty and grandeur.
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