Amitabh Bachchan is a superstar of the Indian Film Industry. He is mainly known for his deep voice, the tall, threatening persona, and passionate eyes, which have made Amitabh Bachchan the ideal “Angry Young Man” of Bollywood.
Full Name: Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan
Born: 11th October, 1942
Place of Birth: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, North Central India
Nickname: Mr. Bachchan, Amit (ji), Bachchan, AB
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Parents: Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Teji Bachchan
Spouse: Jaya Bhaduri, married in 1973
Children: Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta Nanda
Awards: Padma Shri, 3 National Film Awards for Best Actor; 1 National Film Award for Best Newcomer. Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour from the Government of India. 5 Filmfare Best Actor Awards; 3 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Awards; 2 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance; Filmfare Superstar of the Millennium
“I don't use any techniques; I'm not trained to be an actor. I just enjoy working in films. It's more instinctive rather than anything else.” – Amitabh Bachchan.
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most prominent actors of Bollywood. He is not just a versatile actor, but a good human being too. He loves his fans and respects each and every person. He always adores grasping new opportunities that come his way, and never lets them go. He has acted in various roles, ranging from being a son to being a grandfather.
Bachchan and Family
Amitabh Bachchan is the son of the late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and his wife Teji Bachchan. He was born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has a younger brother named Ajitabh. Bachchan got married to Jaya Badhuri in 1974, and has two children, Shweta Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan. Shweta got married into a very rich family, called the Nandas. Her husband's name is Nikhil Nanda. Abhishek Bachchan got married to the winner of the 1994 Miss World peagent, Aishwariya Rai.
Starting his Career as an Actor
After completing his education from Sherwood College, Nainital, and Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, he moved to Calcutta to work for a shipping firm called Shaw and Wallace. As Amitabh Bachchan was more interested in modeling and acting; he moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) to work as an actor in the Hindi film industry. He made his debut in the film Saat Hindustani (1969), which was directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. Though it flopped in the box office, Bachchan managed to capture the attention of many directors, following which he became a part of a number of blockbuster movies.
In the early 1970s, Mr. Bachchan gave fabulous performances in movies like Zanjeer, Laawaris, Coolie, Naseeb and many more. At first, his tall, thin, shadowy, and deeply brooding persona did not go down well with directors, but then his powerful voice, and unique qualities made the directors eager to work with him. Come the early 80s, Bachchan had already worked in more than 100 films. During this time, he seized opportunities to work with India's most highly praised directors.
Serious Accident and Entry into Politics
In 1982, while shooting for Coolie, he met with a serious accident. He recovered from the injury, and decided to change his path. Bachchan left films and entered politics in the year 1984, but soon saw a reason for exit in the form of his implication in the Bofors Scandal of the 1980s. However, he was later proved innocent and cleared of all allegations. Bachchan then decided to return to films, and came back with super-hit movies like Agneepath, Shahenshah, Hum and Khuda Gawah.
In 1990s, he decided to start something new and came up with an idea of starting his own film production company called Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd., where he suffered huge losses. To recover from these losses, he once again decided to go back to working in movies. In the year 2000, with the start of the new millennia, he got the opportunity to host a television show called Kaun Banega Crorepati. In the same year, he acted in the movie, Mohabbatein, along with Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, which redefined his position in the Hindi film industry.
Come back into the Film Industry
Bachchan became stronger and stronger in the new millenium. Some of his movies such as Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Black, Baghban, Bunty aur Babli, and Khakee did tremendously well at the box office. Bachchan’s deep voice also made him turn towards playback singing. Bachchan has also lent his voice as a narrator, in movies such as Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Lagaan, Mahabharata, etc. In 2013, Bachchan made his Hollywood debut with The Great Gatsby, in which he played the character of a non-Indian Jewish named Meyer Wolfsheim.