Amitabh Bachchan is one of the top rated Indian film actor, film producer, television host and occasional playback singer.
He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as Zanjeer, Deewaar and Sholay, and was dubbed India’s “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood.
- Born: 11 October 1942 (age 77 years), Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
- Full name: Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan
- Height: 1.83 m
- Spouse: Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan
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About Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan was born on 11 October 1942 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is the son of late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan.
His mother, Teji Bachchan, was a social activist and Punjabi Sikh woman from Lyallpur. His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan was an Awadhi Hindu of Kayastha caste. His father was a poet, who was fluent in Awadhi and Urdu.
Amitabh Bachchan did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital and later on pursued a degree in science from the Delhi University.
Once he graduated, he became a freight broker in Calcutta. After a few years in Calcutta, Bachchan was ready for a change. He decided to move to Bombay and take a stab at Bollywood show business.
He made his debut in the film Saat Hindustani (1969) which was directed by K.A. Abbas. Film failed on the box-office but Amitabh was noticed by film makers like Hrishikesh Mukherji and Sunil Dutt.
Hrishikesh Mukherji (whom Amitabh treat as his Godfather), gave him a role in his two films, Anand and Guddi.
Anand was the third film, which became a hit and he got best supporting actor filmfare award. Amitabh was getting the roles but they were not significant.
Finally he got a chance to work in “Zanjeer”, role for which he was not the first choice. Film turned out to be super-hit.
By then a new avatar had emerged on silver screen, an “Angry young man”. But this was his one aspect. He was a poet (Kabhi Kabhi), an decent professor (Kasme Vaade), a comedian (Chupke Chupke, Amar Akbar Anthony, Don), a dying lover (Mukaddar Ka Sikander).He did almost all kinds of roles.
In 1973, after release of Zanjeer, Amitabh got married with Jaya Bhaduri. He became father at the time of release of Chupke Chupke.
During the shooting of “Coolie” on 26th July 1982, he was injured and admitted to Breech Candy hospital.
The whole nation prayed for his fast recovery and by the grace of God he was gifted with a new life.
Mrs. Indira Gandhi, then P.M. of India, postponed her foreign trip and visited the hospital. After recovery Amitabh returned on silver screen, with Sharabi and Giraftar like hit movies.
In the original script of “Coolie” Iqbal (Amitabh) had to die but Teji Bachchan asked Manmohan Desai to change it for her personal reasons.
The last scene where he stands in the balcony and thank the people, was the real scene, a way to thank the people of India, “Main to chala gaya tha, laut aaya hoon to bus aapki duaon se….”
Amitabh also tried his hand in politics in 1984 after the death of Mrs. Gandhi. He defeated the then called Chankya of the Indian politics, Hemvanti Nandan Bahuguna.
But some how things went wrong and he got trapped in the dirty game of politics of anti-Rajiv Gandhi.
Although during this period his classics “Main Azad Hoon” and “Agneepath” were released, but Amitabh was getting older. Amitabh decided to take a break in 1992, Khuda Gawah was the last release.
He then launched ABCL which was a multi-faceted commercial enterprise. This was the major failure and he was surrounded by unthinkable debt.
This is hard to imagine at that time how he survived but again he proved that he is not an ordinary man who live and die.
With “Kaun Banega Crorepati” and “Mohabattein” he redefined his position in Indian cinema. Amitabh emerged again as a winner and slapped the critics who declared him “finished”.
Bachchan has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award as lifetime achievement award and many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies.
He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall.
In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter.
He has hosted several seasons of the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, India’s version of the game show franchise, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He also entered politics for a time in the 1980s.
The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions to the arts.
The Government of France honoured him with its highest civilian honour, Knight of the Legion of Honour, in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond.
Bachchan also made an appearance in a Hollywood film, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013), in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.