If you thought Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan was inimitable, Amitabh Bachchan, the son of Ramavilas from Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh would politely beg to differ. Of the hundreds and thousands of names on the electoral rolls on the Election Commission website, there are around 450 people named Amitabh Bachchan.
Interestingly, because most of the Amitabh Bachchans on the list are in their late 20s and mid 30s - it's safe to assume that they were named after Indian cinema's most loved and supremely versatile superstar by movie fan parents.
Amusingly, the entire cast of 'Sholay', one of Bachchan's most memorable and timeless films, is listed in the data from 24 of the 35 states and UTs put up on the EC site.
There are 7040 Gabbar Singhs and two Surma Bhopali. There are even 45 Gabbar Singhs, whose fathers' name is Hari Singh, as in the cult film. Needless to say, there are thousands of Jai, Veeru and Basanti - three fairly common Indian names.
There's even a man named 'Mr India', the son of Dharmbir Singh from Haryana's Karnal. In a major lapse on the part of parents and sadly for movie fans, there isn't a single 'Mogambo'. There are 5000 people named 'Robot' and over 160 Anthony Gonsalves.
There are 30 people named Shah Rukh Khan, and one person named Hritik Roshan, though admittedly he spells his name differently than the Bollywood actor.
The Election Commission of India's Electoral Roll Search at National level has been a major initiative ahead of the elections. This service can be used by voters to search their names and get the information related to polling stations in the nation-wide electoral rolls.
The EC has these guidelines for users while searching their names:
1. Internet users can access the information by following 'Voter Search' link provided on the website of the Election Commission of India (www.eci.gov.in).
2. Mobile Internet users can access the services through a specially designed website www.electoralsearch.in.
3. Android phone based users can install an application from the Mobile Seva AppStore of the Government (apps.mgov.gov.in under electoral category).
4. Mobile users can use SMS service by sending a pre-formatted SMS to the predefined numbers. The services are available on 166 provided for BSNL, Idea, MTNL, Tata Docomo, Tata Indicom and Vodafone users. A special five digit code 51969 is provided for accessing the service by operators such as Aircel, Airtel, BSNL, Idea, MTS, Reliance, Tata Docomo, Tata Indicom, Uninor, Videocon and Vodafone. A user can access the service by sending the SMS to a 10-digit number 09223166166.