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Son of well known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. He has a brother named Ajitabh. He completed his education from Uttar Pradesh and moved to Bombay to find work as a film star, in vain though, as film-makers preferred someone with a fairer skin, and he was not quite fair enough. But they did use one of his other assets, his deep baritone voice, which was used for narration and background commentary. He was successful in being cast in Saat Hindustani. He got his break in Bollywood after a letter of introduction from the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, as he was a friend of her son, Rajiv Gandhi. This is how Amitabh made an entry in Bollywood, starting with Zanjeer, co-starred with his future wife Jaya Bhaduri, and since then there has been no looking back.

He married Jaya Bhaduri, an accomplished actress in her own right, and they had two children, Shweta and Abhishek. Shweta is married, lives a non-filmy life and has two children.

Being friends with Rajiv Gandhi, got him to decide to run for seat in the Congress from his hometown but had to leave midterm because of controversies, particularly after Rajiv and he were implicated in the now infamous "Bofors" case along with the U.K. based Hinduja Brothers.

After a four year break, he was back in the unsuccessful Mrityudaata (1997), a comeback which the actor wanted to forget. Critics written him off but his career was saved with Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998). But four flops in 1999 and incurring debt of over 90 Crores rupees of his sinking company ABCL saw him at an all-time low. To make matters worse, after the defeat of the Congress party, Amitabh lost considerable political support, the opposition made him a target, and his credit rating deteriorated to such an extent that a leading nationalized bank, Canara Bank, sued him for outstanding loans. He did bounce back, presenting the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire called Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000). After a series of hits with Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Baghban (2003) and Khakee (2004), this elderly Bachchan is showing no signs of slowing down and proving the critics wrong once again.

His son, Abhishek, is also an actor by his own rights.

Amitabh and Jaya were interested in getting Abhishek married to Karishma, the daughter of Babita and Randhir Kapoor, they went through a formal engagement, but later broke it off.

The former Miss World and Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai, and Abhishek, were formally engaged on Sunday January 14, 2007, at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Bombay, with the marriage taking place at the Bachchan residence on April 20, 2007.

On November 16, 2011, he became a Dada (Paternal Grandfather) when Aishwarya gave birth to a daughter in Mumbai Hospital. He is already a Nana (maternal grandfather) to Navya Naveli and Agastye - Shweta's children.

He continues to be one of the busiest actors and singers in Bollywood as well as on TV, as can be seen from the commercials that he appears on, especially on Sahara One. Looks like there are no limits for this super-star and once the "Angry Young Man" of Bollywood.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

The trademark deep baritone voice, the tall, brooding persona, and intense eyes, made Amitabh Bachchan the ideal "Angry Young Man" in the 1975-84. The son of the late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan, he was born in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. After completing his education from Sherwood College, Nainital, and Kirori Mal College, Delhi University, he moved to Calcutta to work for shipping firm Shaw and Wallace. Later, he moved to Bombay and struggled for a while to get his foot in the door of the Hindi film industry. The lanky, dark, and intensely brooding persona did not go down well with directors who were looking for wise-cracking, fair person - the trademark of the Indian hero in the 1960s. Starting with the low key Saat Hindustani, Bachchan struggled through many roles and was relegated at times to doing voice-overs and in one instance playing a deaf-mute. He broke through with Zanjeer (the Chain) in 1973 playing opposite his real-life love interest and future wife Jaya Bhaduri. His persona seemed apt for the post emergency period, capturing the resentment of underemployed youth and the increasing cult of violence. Bachchan reworked the image of the Hindi film hero with major hits like Deewar, Sholay, Trishul, Don and Shakti. Adapting former screen idol Dilip Kumar's mannerisms and adding his own flamboyance, he popularized the violent melodrama. He proved that he had an equal flair for tragedies (Deewar, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Shakti) and comedies (Chupke Chupke, Don, Naseeb, Amar Akbar Anthony) as well. His most memorable performance was as the renegade against a harsh society in Deewar. After Amar Akbar Anthony in which he reveled in the role of the Cathlolic bootlegger - he played similar "masala" roles, movies that required action, comedy, tragedy, and romance in one character. This had disastrous consequences later with movies disintegrating into Amitabh variety shows rather than plot-driven stories. Bachchan was dubbed the Superstar, sharing that title with Rajesh Khanna, from 1975 until the mid 1980s.From 1985-1999 he had many flops and people criticized for playing same roles repeatedly. At the height of his popularity he was injured in an accident while shooting for the film Coolie - long lines of people prayed for his recovery at the Breach Candy hospital, underscoring his mega-star status. He left films in 1985 to become a Member of Parliament from Allahabad constituency as a Congress party candidate, as a favor to his family friend Rajiv Gandhi - the new Prime MInister of India. A report of involvement in financial irregularities (of which he was completely cleared later) made him decide to step down as MP. His return in 1987 was lukewarm as the Hindi film industry had moved on and newer, younger heroes essayed the part of Angry Young Man with more conviction. Bachchan seemed to have lost his heart in making films as his later roles did not show the flicker of passion that had marked earlier efforts in the 1970s. In 1984, for the first time since 1976, his film flopped and in 1989 3 films could not recover their money (in the Hindi film industry a flop is a film that does not recover a distributor's price, not the producer's cost). A series of lackluster films in the 1990s pointed to a long overdue exit, common to many other stars. A seemingly well-thought out venture to start a production company ABCL landed him in immense debts. Astonishingly, he burst back with a double act: one, playing the stern patriarch and two, reinventing himself as a brand that in turn, could market anything. He began the latter by hosting the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Kaun Banegaa Crorepati). At sixty plus, Amitabh Bachchan is a greater icon than he was at the height of his popularity three decades ago.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: darashukoh

Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad. He is the son of late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan did his schooling from Sherwood College, Nainital and later on pursued a degree in science from the Delhi University. His first job was in Shaw Wallace and later worked as a freight broker for a shipping firm called Bird and Co. But his destiny had something else to offer and it was the journey to stardom. 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". Even in this age roles are written for him. Every film maker is dreaming to cast him in his/her film. He was declared as Star of the Millenium by BBC poll, by Stardust and even at the survey for statue at Madam Tusad. These are not mere coincident! May God bless him.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Biggest Star of 1970s and 1980s in Indian cinema.
He launched a multi-faceted commercial enterprise known simply as Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited, or ABCL. ABCL is engaged in production, distribution and all other aspects of the entertainment industry. It was the first of its kind attempt at corporatising Entertainment industry in India.
Had a close association with the former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi (also Prime Minister) and he was elected to parliament with a huge majority from his home town of Allahabad. But his stint in politics did not last long and he was implicated in the infamous Swedish Bofors Gun deal scandal along with Rajiv Gandhi, the U.K. based Hinduja brothers, and others. Later Amitabh Bachchan was cleared of charges of involvement in this scandal as the former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom confirmed that Amitabh Bachchan's name was 'planted' by the Indian agencies in the Bofors case.
Was one of the judges for the 1995 Miss World beauty pageant.
While filming Coolie (1983) he received a near fatal injury. He was hospitalised and the Indian press issued daily bulletins on his health.
Was a former stage actor, radio announcer and freight company executive in Calcutta, India.
Went to Sherwood College, a boarding school in the hill-station town of Nainital, and from there to Delhi University where he earned a double MA degree.
When he was just trying to get a break in movies he was told to soften his 'deep' voice. However it was soon realised that his deep rich voice was excellent for narration. He has provided narrations for several films.
Suffered from a rare muscular disorder known as myasthenia gravis.
Presenter of Kaun Banega Crorepati, India's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire
The first Asian actor having a wax model of his likeness displayed at Madame Tussaud's in London, UK
The highest paid Indian actor from late 1970s to 1992.
Formed a popular screen couple with Rekha
He also sung in many movies such as Laawaris, Toofan and Silsila.
Became a grandfather in 1997 when his daughter Shweta gave birth to a daughter, Navya Naveli Nanda.
Works with the Indian government's media campaign to publicize the National Immunization Days and encourage people to take their children to be vaccinated against polio and other deadly diseases.
His favourite screen name is Vijay, which he had as his character name in over 20 movies.
His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan was considering naming him 'Inquilab' (which means 'revolution') before settling down for Amitabh which means 'brilliance unlimited'.
On his 61st birthday, he relaunched ABCL as AB Corp. ABCL had to be closed after debts of more than millions of rupees. However, Amitabh has decided to relaunch it with a name change.
Has a double M.A. (Master of Arts) degree.
The facial caricature of the Indian comic book character 'Supremo' is based upon him.
Following a near fatal accident while shooting Coolie (1983), during which he suffered internal bleeding and required 17 bottles of blood, he became a champion for the cause of encouraging more people to donate blood.
Singer Sudesh Bhonsle dubs his voice for playback songs in many movies.
At the age of 58, he jumped from a height of 30 feet, along with co-star Manoj Bajpai, for his 2001 movie Aks (2001).
In 1996, he released an album called "Aby Baby". This album was released under ABCL and featured songs like "Eer Bir Phatte" and remixes of his songs from his early movies "O Saathi Re" and "Kabhi Kabhi". "Eer Bir Phatte" was inspired by one of his famous dialogues in his movie Aadalat (1976).
In 1984, he was honored by the Indian government with the Padma Shri Award for his outstanding contribution to the Hindi film industry.
Won the National Award for Best Newcomer for Saat Hindustani (1969).
He was the original choice to play a role in Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai (2003), which he declined and was finally played by Om Puri
Although Amitabh Bachchan's Immaan Dharam (1977) proved to be a disaster, the producer went ahead and announced Asmaan with Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, with Mohan Kumar in the director's seat. Salim-Javed, who had penned the script of Immaan Dharam, were scripting Asmaan as well. However, the film was shelved subsequently.
Rakesh Kumar, who had directed Khoon Pasina (1977), Mr. Natwarlal (1979), Do Aur Do Paanch (1980) and Yaarana (1981), had turned producer and announced Charlie, with Amitabh Bachchan enacting the title role. Padmini Kolhapure had been cast opposite the Big B. However, the project never got made.
Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar were seen on screen for the first time in Ramesh Sippy's Shakti (1982). But much before Shakti happened, Eagle Films had signed Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Amjad Khan for their new project, which was to be directed by Yash Chopra. However, the project did not materialize subsequently.
In 1976 Amitabh Bachchan was to star in Manoj Kumar's Naya Bharat, alongside Amitabh it was also supposed to star Manoj Kumar, Hema Malini, Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Zeenat Aman and Rishi Kapoor. The film was shelved subsequently.
Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Mithun Chakraborty and Rati Agnihotri were teamed in Tala Chabi, produced by Romu Sippy and directed by Raj N. Sippy. One of the foremost character actors then, Pran, had been signed to enact the main villain's role. An official announcement was made in April 1982. The movie never took off.
Amitabh Bachchan was supposed to play one of the lead roles in Shashi Kapoor's Utsav (1984) however; Amitabh opted out of the film. Shashi Kapoor replaced him.
Amitabh Bachchan was the first choice of Rakesh Roshan's King Uncle (1993). But since the actor wasn't signing films then, Roshan opted for Jackie Shroff.
Prakash Mehra was planning on making Chankaya Chanddragupta and had signed Amitabh Bachchan for the main role. The movie was shelved.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra wanted Amitabh Bachchan to play the lead role of Inspector Inayat Khan in Mission Kashmir (2000). The reason why Amitabh Bachchan declined the role was because of his commitment to Yash Chopra's Mohabbatein (2000).
Kader Khan wanted to direct him as the lead hero in Jaahil, unfortunately the movie was never made.
He hates the word Bollywood, the word that describes the Hindi film industry.
On 31 October 2006, he shocked the unit of a forthcoming movie Shootout at Lokhandwala by recording 23 scenes in 5 hours. Achieving this feat was unheard of.
His daughter, Shweta, is married to Nikhil Nanda, who is the grandson of Raj Kapoor. (Raj Kapoor's daughter, Ritu, took on the last name of Nanda when she married Rajan).
His daughter, Shweta, was born on March 17th.
His mom, Teji Bachchan, passed away in Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India on December 22, 2007, after a prolonged illness, at the age of 93.
In the 2008 movie, Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Amitabh Bachchan is the answer to Jamal's first question in the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati? (2000)) The question: Who was the star in the 1973 hit film Zanjeer (1973)? Through Jamal's flashbacks we get to see Amitabh Bachchan in action.
Amitabh Bachchan is the first Indian actor to be paid over Rs 1 crore in remuneration for films. Till 1990s, Amitabh Bachchan was the only star paid in crores.
Favourite onscreen name is Vijay. He has played a character called Vijay 19 times.
Was first named Inquilaab. His mother, Teji Bachchan, was an active participant in the Satyagraha movement and, despite her pregnancy, she remained so committed to the cause that many friends of the Bachchans joked that the baby would be called Inquilab. And he was, till his father's friend, the poet and novelist Sumitra Nandan Pant, named him Amitabh which means unlimited.
He had 10 releases - including - 8 flops, one hit (Anand) and one above average grosser (Bombay to Goa) before his first big hit, Zanjeer (1973). Zanjeer made him a star and marked the beginning of the "Amitabh Bachchan Phenomenon".
He and Jaya got married a month before Abhimaan released. During the filming of Zanjeer, the cast and crew had decided to go abroad if the movie was a hit. As it was the first trip together for Amitabh and Jaya, he sought his father poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan's permission. His father asked if Jaya was going too. When Amitabh replied in the affirmative, he was told to marry her before they left the country.
When Puneet Issar punched him on the sets of Coolie, the actor first bowed to the entire crew for a perfect shot before crumpling in pain outside minutes later.
Amitabh Bachchan gave a screen test for a film on the set of the 1969 movie, Sajan. This was before Bachchan had signed for any film. The screen test was arranged by Nargis Dutt.
Brother Ajitabh Bachchan has two children. A son named Bhim. A daughter named Naina.
Pratiksha, Mumbai [April 2005]
Feroz Khan had initially approached Amitabh for the role of Amar in Qurbani. Amitabh's date's were blocked for Shaan and the deal fell through.
Was considered for Gomti Ke Kinare for Sameer Khan's role.
After Janasheen, Feroz Khan was to start a film titled " Nasha" . The film was to star Feroz Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Fardeen Khan , Aishwarya Rai and Lopsang. But Feroz decided to shelve the film and remake Kurbani.
He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare Awards, with 39 nominations overall (30 nominations as Best Actor - a record; 9 nominations as Best Supporting Actor - also a record). He also has one Filmfare Award nomination for Best Playback Singer (male) for the song "Mere Paas Aao Mere Doston" for Mr Natwarlal (1979) and one Filmfare Award nomination as Producer for Best Film for Paa (2009).
In Amitabh's early struggling days,he had signed a film titled "Pathjad" opposite Asha Parekh . The film was to be produced by Asha Bhosles secretary Babubhai .During the mahurat Asha Parekh refused to pose for pictures with Amitabh. A few weeks later Asha Parekh phoned Babubhai and said "Mujhe us hero ke saath nahin kaam karna hain. Woh bahut hi lamba hain". The film was then restarted as "Pooja" in 1973, directed by Mukul Dutt, starring Amitabh,Waheeda Rehman ,Shatrughan Sinha,Sharmila Tagore. The film was eventually shelved . Asha Parekh denied the entire story saying that the false story was made up by Babubhai. Asha Parekh claims she only got to know about being replaced in the film by reading about it in a newspaper. She said Babubhai went and told Amitabh that false story creating a misunderstanding. She never clarified her side of the story because she felt it would be pointless.
Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar are the only Bollywood stars to have topped Box Office India Top Actors rankings for 16 consecutive years (from 1976 to 1991 and 1948 to 1963 respectively).
As of 2008, Amitabh Bachchan was the all-time highest grossing Hindi film star with a cumulative box office revenue of over Rs 3,700 crore according to trade. (India Today - May 29, 2008).
Until 1984 only 13 films were classified as "All time earners"(films that crossed 1 crore mark in every territory) by Trade, 9 films out of those were Amitabh Bachchan starrers - Sholay (1975) , Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) , Deewaar (1975) , Laawaris (1981) , Suhaag (1979) , Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) , Andhaa Kaanoon (1983) , Coolie (1983) and Naseeb (1981) . The other films were Jai Santoshi Maa (1975) , Dharam Veer (1977) , Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981) and Kranti (1981) . The 1 crore mark was considered the magical benchmark for films in 70s and 80s and Amitabh Bachchan is the only star whose films consistently crossed 1 crore mark in every major territory across length and breadth of India.
In the year 2000 Amitabh Bachchan was voted the 'Sherwoodian of the Century' in a poll of Old Sherwoodians. At a reunion of Old Sherwoodians held on November 10th, 2000, he received the 'Old Sherwoodians Millennium Award for Outstanding Achievement' at his alma mater Sherwood College boarding school in Nainital.
In 1999, Amitabh Bachchan was named Megastar of the Millennium (male) in Kinetic Mega Show, a cinema based TV show on Star Plus channel, after public poll conducted over a year.
According to trade magazine Box Office India, the trend of early morning shows and advance bookings across cinemas in India, started due to craze for Amitabh Bachchan films from mid 1970s. The crowds would start queuing up as early as 5 AM in morning even though ticket counters normally opened at 11 AM. The queues for tickets of Amitabh Bachchan films would even extend upto 2-3 kilometers and cause traffic jams on roads. The craze among crowds was so massive that often police had to be called to manage the crowd. Such demand for a star's film has never been witnessed before or since.
Cousin's name is Harvinder Kaur. She is Amitabh's mother's sister's daughter. Harvinder is 5 years younger to Amitabh. Her mother's name was Govind Kaur.
Niece's name is Leena Singh (Cousin Harvinder Kaur's daughter).
Brother in law's name is Harbhajan Singh (Cousin Harvinder Kaur's husband).
Cousin's names are Kishore Srivastava and Ashok Srivastava. They are the son's of Amitabh's dad's brother (Shaligram Shrivastava).
Niece named Naina Bachchan. ( Daughter of Ajitabh). She is married to actor Kunal Kapoor .
Nephew name is Ravi Srivastava. He is the son of cousin Kishore Srivastava.
Niece's name is Nilima Bachchan. (Daughter of Ajitabh). She is a PhD in Aeronautica engineering in the UK.
Niece named Namrita Bachchan (Daughter of Ajitabh) who is a famous artist.
Has 2 nephews. They are the children of actor Rajeev Verma, who is married to Jaya's sister Rita. The first nephew's name is Shiladitya Verma. He is a painter based in Bhopal. He is married to Poorvi Karanwar. The other nephew's name is Thathaghat Verma. He is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He is married to Darshika Mahajan.
Mother's birth name was Tejwant Kaur Suri.
Was to star in ABCL's "Dariya" directed by Priyadarshan, co starring Chandrachur Singh. Amitabh was to play a fisherman. The film got shelved.
Was to star in Sunil Bohra's shelved film "Yudh - The War Has Begun" in 2002, co-starring Chandrachur Singh, South Superstar Arjun, Deepti Bhatnagar, Sharad Kapoor.
Feroz Khan had approached Amitabh Bachchan to play Mukesh Khanna's role in Yalgaar. Amitabh turned down the role as he did not want to play Feroz Khan's father.
Was signed for the film Kartoos opposite Meenakshi in 1987. The film financier's backed out as they did not want Amitabh to play a negative character. The film was later started again with Sanjay Dutt.
Was offered Sunny Deol's role in Dacait but turned it down.
Was approached by Subash Ghai to play Jackie Shroff's role in Saudagar. He declined as he felt the role was too small.
Starred in Prakash Mehra's shelved film "Kaayar". Co starring Anita Raaj and Raj Babbar. This was in the 1980s. Prakash Mehra shelved the film as he felt it was too similar to Manoj Kumar's Sanyasi. He restarted the film as Bal Brahmchari with Puru Rajkumar and Deepak Tijori in 1995.
Starred in Pramod Chakravorty's shelved film "Teen Farishtey" co starring Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna in 1975. It was later remade as "Jagir".
The first ever Amitabh Bachchan remix album ever released was titled " Garma Garam Amitabh Volume 1". It was released in 1990 and was remixed by England DJ's Amit and San J of X- Zecutive. The album consisted of a few of Amitabh's songs remixed and a lot of dialogs mixed with dance music. The dialogs were from the films, " Amar Akbar Anthony", " Sholay", "Naseeb","Ek Nazar", "Ganga Ki Saugandh","Kaalia", " Satte Pe Satta". The album was a major favorite in night clubs abroad in the 1990s.
Starred in Bunty Walia' s shelved film "Just Punjabi" directed by Apoorva Lakhia. Co starring Sanjay Dutt. The films storyline was similar to Jo Bole So Nihal.
Pran's son Sunil Sikand tried his hand at filmmaking. Sikand first announced "Karishma" in the '70s, a remake of "Reincarnation of Peter Proud" with Shashi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, Praveen Babi,Danny DenZongpa, even before "Karz." The film was shelved after 3 months. Sunil Sikand then made "Farishta," a remake of "Oliver Twist" in which Pran played the title role. In 1991, Pran co-produced "Lakshmanrekha" for his son.
Starred in I Dream Productions shelved film " Chanakya" co starring Akshay Kumar. This was in 2004.
Apache Indian made reference to Amitabh Bachchan in his song " Movie Over India" in 1990.
Sundar Popo song "Chadar Bichawo Balma" was a song that Amitabh Bachchan incorporated into his medleys on his live stage performances in 1982/83.
His niece Namrita Bachchan (daughter of Ajitabh) participated in a swimming marathon for charity with music composer legend, Biddu.
Produced the shelved movie , Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited's "Loveria"(1998). Starring Saif Ali Khan,Karisma Kapoor,Mohnish Bahl,Ashok Saraf,Reema Lagoo,Reeta Bhadhuri,Rajiv Verma,Paresh Rawal,Rajesh Joshi, Music by Jatin -Lalit, Directed by Kundan Shah.
His father's first wife's name was Shyma.
Starred in ABCL's shelved film " Happy Diwali" (2001). Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee. Directed by Mansoor Khan.
Starred in Sujoy Ghosh's shelved movie "Borivali"(2004). Co starring Nseeruddin Shah.
Producer's Vicky ( Abhay) Chopra and Sohail Khan were planning a film titled "Sena"(2004) . Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan.Directed by Vicky Chopra.The film was shelved to start "Fight Club".
Starred in the shelved movie "DOGS" (2004). starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor. Many actress' s were approached for the lead role. Sushmita Sen, Diana Hayden, Rani Mukherjee. The film was to be directed by Mukul Abhyankar. The story line was about two brothers. Amitabh was to be a dog trainer who is banned from the dog training academy due to violent behavior. Rishi Kapoor is his younger brother who is mentally deranged. Problems start when Rishi Kapoor gets involved with a prostitute. As time goes by, the prostitute is more attracted to Amitabh than Rishi.
Starred in Somnath Sen's shelved film opposite Madhuri Dixit. Fardeen Khan and Karan Nath were in talks for the second lead. This was in 2004.
Starred in the shelved film "Raftaar - No Way Out". Starring Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham. Directed by Sriram Raghavan. This was in 2004.
Starred in BMB Productions shelved film "Bada Bhai" (1999). Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff and Tabu. Produced and Directed by KC Bokadia.
Starred in RituParno Ghosh's shelved untitled film. Staring Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Farhan Akhtar, Aishwarya Rai.The story was about a father who over shadows his son. This was in 2004.
Starred in the shelved movie "Kutumb" (2004). Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Irrfan Khan. Produced by Firoz Nadiadwala and Directed by Vikram Bhatt (Replaced Mahesh Manjrekar).The film was based on the movie Godfather.
Shammi Kapoor approached him for the lead role in Bundal Baaz. He declined as he didn't have any dates.
Granddaughter Navya Naveli was born on December 6, 1997. Jaya Bachchan wanted to name her Garima.
Starred in Raju Patel's shelved film "Tandoor".(2005). Starring Amitabh Bachchan as NRI gourmet chef in New York. He was to star opposite a Hollywood actress who was going to play a lawyer. The film was to be directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The film got shelved due to disagreement on the films budget between Nagesh and Raju Patel.
Aishwarya Rai was to pair opposite Ajay Devgan in a film that was to be produced by Amitabh Bachchan's production company ABCL. The yet untitled project was be based on a family oriented subject with Jaya Bachchan playing Ash's mother. It is learnt that actor Vinod Khanna and Mrs Bachchan play a separated couple in the movie. Amitabh Bachchan himself was not be seen acting in this film that was be produced by ABCL in association with Spice Team Entertainment. Sharbani Deodhar was directing the film. Amitabh Bachchan himself chose not to enact the lead role opposite Jaya because the two elderly characters in the movie are not shown married to one another. Vinod Khanna's name for the role was suggested by the Big B only. The film was likely to go on floors in September 2005. It was be shot in Mumbai and London. The film was shelved after announcement.
Actress Tillotama Shome married his nephew Kunal Verma (Rita Bhaduri and Rajeev's son).
When Kamaal Amrohi wanted to research about the film Razia Sultan ,he found the book about Raziia Sultan. in Paris, France, This film took 8 years to complete. After Pakeezah Kamal Mmrohi started the film and also he was the producer of this film, Amitabh Bachchan was to play Dharmendra's role and Kabir Bedi Vijendra's role. Then A. K..Mishra became the producer of the film and the shooting started with Dharmendra. After 8 years when Kamal Amrohi went to Hollywood for the special effects of the film. Kabir Bed was surprised to see Kamal there and to know the film not completed yet.
In 1969, he was engaged with a air hostess for British Airways. Her name was Maya.
Producer Debesh Ghosh, director Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Amitabh Bachchan worked a lot together. The same team before had made ' Jurmana' and Bemisaal together. The same team were to make the 3rd film together. It was launched in 1982 and it was titled ' Auqaat ' with Amiitabh Bachchan, Jaya Pradha & Anita Raaj, but was then shelved due to Amitabh's accident on ' Coolie' sets.
Ramesh Sippy had launched a film titled Laadla with Amitabh Bachchan and Sangeeta Bijiliani (Replaced Amrita Singh), Produced by A.G. Nadiadwala. Sadly then the film was shelved after Ramesh Sippy and Nadiadwala had a falling out over money and later after some years the tittle Laadla was used for this Anil Kapoor film.
Paternal grandparents names were Pratap Narayan Shrivastava and Saraswati Devi Shrivastava .
Maternal grandparents name was Khazan Singh Suri and Amar Kaur Sodhi .
Maternal great grandfather name was Sunder Singh Suri.
Paternal great grandfather name is Munshi Ishwari Prasad . (Amitabh's grandmother's father).
Paternal uncle name is Shaligram Shrivastava .He wrote the famous book "Prayag Pradeep" in 1937. It was based on the political history of Allahabad.
Granduncle name is Bindeshwari Prasad . He was the brother of Saraswati Devi Shrivastava (Harivansh Rai Bachchan's mother).
Great grandfather name is Bhola Nath Shrivastava. He was the father of Pratap Narayan Shrivastava (Amitabh's grandfather).
Tulsa Shrivastava was the sister of Amitabh's grandfather Pratap Narayan Shrivastava.
Great grandfather name was Bhola Nath Shrivastava (Grandfather of Harivansh Rai Bachchan).
Great Great grand father name was Mithu Lal (Harivansh Rai Bachchan great grandfather).
Amitabh Bachchan's grand uncle's (Harivansh Rai Bachchan's dad's brother's) names were Ganesh (Ganes) Prasad ( Had no children), Jagganath Prasad (Died in early adulthood, Had one son Shiv Prasad), Murlidhar Prasad (Died in early adulthood, Had one daughter), Mohan Lal ( Had one son Thakur Prasad and a daughter who married a doctor named Brij Bihari Lal).
"The Big B Shuffle" by Botown was a song done by the band as a tribute for Amitabh Bachchan.
The song "Chota Sa Aadmi Hoon, Amitabh Nahin Hoon" from the film Chotta Aadmi (1986), mentions Amitabh's name in the song.
Starred in the shelved film "Bandhua" (1989) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Waheeda Rehman, Naseeruddin Shah,Pooja Bedi ( replaced Shilpa Shirodkar), Produced and Directed by J.P. Dutta.
Amitabh was involved with a girl named Karuna in college. His best friend Raj Saroagi was involved with Karuna's sister. Years later in 1985, Amitabh bought a house from Raj Saroagi in Delhi.
Daughter Shweta's birth name is " Shvetambara". This means .Saraswati, The Godess of Learning.
Amitabh Bachchan sang a song titled " Mehenga Rupaiya" in his album with Aby Baby with Bally Sagoo. Amitabh first performed the song in his album "Amitabh Bachchan with Kalyanji Anandji - Live Tonight" in 1982.
Amitabh had came to Bombay in the late 60's to meet producers and hopefully get a screen test. After that he would return to his job at Bird & Company in Calcutta. He was screen tested by Mohan Segal on yhe sets of Sajan. Amitabh had impressed Manoj Kumar. Manoj was able to get Amitabh the role of Nutan's husband in Yaadgar. But by then Amitabn had left back for Calcutta. Manoj decided to cast Amitabh years later when he made Roti Kapda Makaan.
Amitabh had sent his pictures to the Filmfare Madhuri contest. Amitabh' pictures were rejected, but Mr.Arvind Kumar of Madhuri was confident that this was a face of a star. He sent the pictures to Suni Dutt's office Ajanta Arts. Suni Dutt was impressed with the pictures and passed them around to his colleagues to get their opinion. They all responded in negative. Many criticized his face and height. But Suni Dutt felt that Amitabh had something special in him.
Amitabh starred in a unreleased Assamese film, titled "Sonti", was directed by Amit Mitra in 1975 and Amitabh Bachchan played a key role in the action-packed movie. While shooting for the film was almost complete, it was never released due to a clash between the producers, director and distributors."The shots were taken in then Calcutta (now Kolkata) and the film was almost complete but due to a clash on a financial issue among the producers, director and the distributor, the film was not released. Amitabh Bachchan played a positive character in 'Sonti'. The Assamese audience has missed a good opportunity of watching Amitabh Bachchan portraying a character in an Assamese movie," Eastern Chronicle quoted Dinesh Das, who had also acted in the movie. Actor Nipon Goswami, who was also part of the movie, added, "Sonti's story was based on the novel 'Oliver Twist' or 'The Parish Boy's Progress' by Charles Dickens. It was a story about an orphan boy and his struggle of life. It was a good experience working with Amitabh Bachchan who was then one of the superstars of Bollywood. I will cherish it forever." The unreleased movie, "Sonti", was reportedly an action film that also featured Assamese actors Akhil Deka, Dilip Choudhury, Ila Kakoti and Parag Patra.
In 1969, Sawan Kumar Tak was going to launch a film titled Mirza Ghalib. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan and Leena Chandarvarkar. The film got shelved due to lack of finances.
Starred in the shelved film Chanakya- Chandragupt (1977). Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, directed by Prakash Mehra. the film's incomplete script was the reason the film was shelved.
Starred in the shelved film " Aasman" (1977). Starring Waheeda Rehman, Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha. Directed by Mohan Kumar.
Starred in the shelved film "Ghazab" (1978). Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Rekha, Directed by Manmohan Desai. The film was shelved due to being over budget.
Starred in the shelved film Shiva (1978) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Romesh Sharma, Produced by Prakash Mehra, Directed by Rakesh Kumar. Boxing legend Muhammed Ali was going to have a guest appearance in the film.The film's script being incomplete was the reason the film was shelved.
Starred in the shelved film "Aar Paar" (1978) Starring Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan,Zeenat Aman, Neetu Singh, Sulakshna Pandit.Prouduced by Mushir Riaz, Music by Rahul Dev Burman. Directed by Shakti Samanta.
Starred in the shelved film Sarfarosh (1979) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Rishi Kapoor. Directed by Manmohan Desai. The film was shelved due to many problems in the script. It was restarted with Amitabh and Anita Raj in 1984. Once again it got shelved again.
Starred in the shelved film "Tiger" (1980) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Rekha, Waheeda Rehman, Produced Prakash Mehra, Directed by Rakesh Kumar.
Starred in the shelved film "Gulli Danda" (1982) Starring Amitabh Bachchan,Vinod Mehra, Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. The film was shelved due to Amitabh's Coolie accident.
Starred in the shelved film "Jaahil' (1984) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Pradha, Directed by Kader Khan, The film was shelved due to Amitabh's accident in Coolie. Years later some scene's were later used in the film Agneepath. The scene when the little boy carries his dead father's body to the cremation place. The film was later launched with Sunil Shetty and Raveena Tandon in 1995. It was once again shelved.
Starred in the shelved film Fauladi (1986) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Amrita Singh.Directed by Prayag Raj. the film was shelved due to Amitabh going into politics.
Starred in the shelved film "Kartoos" (1987) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Amrita Singh. Produced by Firoz Nadiadwala, Directed by Mahesh Bhatt. The film was shelved due to the financiers and distributors not liking the idea of Amitabh playing a negative role. Years later Nadiadwala started Kartoos with Sanjay Dutt but with a different script.
Starred in the shelved film Alishaan (1988) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia.Kimi Katkar. Kimi's ole was offered to Anu Aggarwal but she did not want to act in films at this point. The film was produced by Habib Nadiadwala,Directed by Tinnu Anand,The film got shelved when Amitabh and Tinnu decided to make the offbeat Main Azaad Hoon. The script of Alishaan was then leaked out and made years later as "Rajkumar" with Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit.The two other heroines roles were finally scrapped.
Starred in the shelved film Rudra (Mahakaal) (1988) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapdia, Directed by S Ramanathan. The film was shelved due to Amitabh's health issue.
Starred in the shelved film Shanaakht (1988) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Madhavi. Directed by Tinnu Anand. The film was shelved due to many similarities with Ganga Jamuna Saraswati.
The film Duniya Ka Mela was started under the name "Ek Tha Chander Ek Thi Sudha" (Apna Paraya) and starred 'Amitabh Bachchan' and Rekha. After a month long shooting, Amitabh was replaced by the director. The director's reasoning was due to Amitabh's then flop status, no distributors were buying the film. Amitabh even shot for a song with Rekha . Amitabh was replaced with Sanjay Khan and the title of the film was changed to "Duniya Ka Mela". The film flopped and Amitabh's Zanjeer became a blockbuster. The song shot from Ek Tha Chander Ek Thi Sudha with Amitabh can be seen on YouTube.
Starred in the shelved film "Patthar Ke Log" (1980) Starring Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan,Shatrughan Sinha, Hema Malini, Reena Roy,Poonam Dhillon, Ranjeeta Kaur, Kanwaljeet, Produced by Romu Sippy, Directed by Raj .N. Sippy. The film was shelved due to its high budget. Plus Raj Sippy decided to make Satte Pe Satta. Years later actor, producer Rajan Sippy wanted to revive the script and make the film.
Starred in the shelved film Gotrantar (1971) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhadhuri, Produced by Arun Kaul, Directed by Mrinal Sen. The film was based on Subodh Gosh's short story. The film was restarted as " Ek Adhuri Kahani" with Shekhar Chaterjee,Aarati Bhattacharya.
Starred in the shelved film "Devaa" (1987) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Raaj Kumar, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Shammi Kapoor, Ila Arun, Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal,Directed by Subhash Ghai. The film was shelved due to Amitabha and Subahsh Ghai having several ego clashes. Plus Boney Kapoor kept advising Ghai that Devaa would be too expensive a film and would not recover its money. He should start Ram Lakhan with Anil Kapoor as that would be more financially a better film.
Prakash Mehra had a script with him for many years. He started a film in the 1980' s as the much hyped " Kaayar" with Amitabh Bachchan, Anita Raaj and Raj Babbar. The film was shelved because it was too similar to Manoj Kumar's Sanyasi. Prakash Mehra then restarted Kaayar with a different subject with Sanjay Dutt and Akshay Kumar. Akshay agreed to the film, but asked Prakash Mehra to replace Sanjay Dutt. Akshay told Ptakash he would not be comfortable to work with Sanjay Dutt due to his problems during the making of Amaanat. Prakash Mehra decided to replace Akshay with Puru Raajkumar. Sanjay Dutt also left the film and Jeetendra was signed. Again he had to shelve the film because the second half of the film was the exact same as the Rishi Kapoor, Nana Patekar film Hum Dono. Prakash Mehra then decided to make a new film. He chose the subject of Bal Brahmachari and decided to launch Puru Raj Kumar in a solo hero film.
Chetan Anand first conceived a project in the 1970s as Salim-Anarkali with his muse, Priya Rajvansh, as the courtesan and the then rising star, Amitabh Bachchan, as Salim. The music was to have been scored by Madan Mohan, but he died in 1975 while working on the soundtrack. Anand subsequently shelved the film. He tried to revive it in the 1990s as Mallika-e-Hind with Madhuri Dixit, but this project too did not take off.
Starred in the shelved film Ram Ki Seeta Shyam Ki Geeta (1989) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sri Devi (Both in double roles). Directed by Ramesh Sippy. The song Jhooma Chumma was originally recorded for this film. When the film got shelved, Mukul Anand requested he use the song for Hum.
Starred in the shelved film "Captain "(1990). Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jackie Shroff, Aamir Khan,Amrita Singh, Sonu Walia, Produced and Directed by Rakesh Roshan.
In 1990, Mahesh Bhatt wanted to make a film with Amitabh Bachchan and Anu Aggrawal. The film did not take off.
There was talk of Amitabh to do a small role in Siddhartha. That did not work out.
Indian adult film actor "Ameatabh Bachan" took this screen name as he is a huge fan of the legend.
Dev Anand was going to produce a film titled "Godfather" with Amitabh in the lead,directed by Anil Sharma. Dev was not going to act in the film. The film was eventually shelved. This was in 1989.
Prior to Amitabh's accident in Coolie, Amjad Khan was going to make a film with Amitabh titled " Lambai Chaudai" ( Bud Spencer-Terrence Hill type of film). Amitabh then later went into politics and the film was shelved.
Afted Meri Jung Subhash Ghai had announced a film titled Sher Bahadur with Amitabh. The film was shelved due to Amitabh's sudden illness.
Prior to Ram Lakhan Subhsh Ghai had shelved the film "Devaa" (1987) Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Raaj Kumar, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Shammi Kapoor, Ila Arun, Music by Laxmikant Pyarelal, Produced and Directed by Subhash Ghai. The film was shelved due to Amitabh and Subahsh Ghai having several ego clashes. Subhash Ghai felt Amitabh was not being professional. He would keep arriving late on the sets,then leave saying he felt ill. amitabh was indeed feeling ill and Ghai could see that. Amitabh would promise to make up for the missed time the next day but would back out from his promise. The next day Habib Nadiadwala called Subhash Ghai and yelled at him for making Amitabh shot while being sick. Ghai did not like this and had enough. Amitabh's secretary Sheetal would deal and talk to Subhash Ghai. Ghai hated this. Subhash Ghai wanted to deal with Amitabh directly. Then Amitabh would shoot only a few days then cancel the other dates given. Subhash Ghai felt Amitabh was not concentrating properly on the film. Subhash felt this film was a once in a lifetime film and needed proper attention. Subhash Ghai also was very upset with the film's joint producer Habib Nadiadwala. Habib would constantly speak on Amitabh's behalf and yell at Ghai for making Amitabh shoot for the film despite Amitabh being very ill. Subhash stated that Amitabh canceled some dates and had given them to other producers.He would not have minded but felt Amitabh was not being fully honest. Subhash felt a certain distance with Amitabh and felt they did not bond well. Subhash needed a family like atmosphere. Subhash finally flew down to Madras where Amitabh was shooting for Shahenshah and broke the news to him. Amitabh felt that maybe Ghai was shelving the film due to the Bofors scandal . Ghai denied this and said he was shelving it due to the stress he was going thru while shooting the film. Amitabh on the other hand did not like Ghai's attitude and was not happy with his working style. Plus Boney Kapoor kept advising Ghai that Devaa would be too expensive a film and would not recover its money. He should start Ram Lakhan with Anil Kapoor as that would be more financially a better film.
Had signed Prakash Mehra's Ghar Ka Bhedi in 1988. The film starred Amitabh Bachchan,Madhuri Dixit. The film was shelved after the announcement.
Ketan Desai had signed Amitabh for the film Ramaiya in 1988. It got shelved.
Had signed the film Lambu Dada with Rekha in 1978. The film was shelved after a short while. It was revived in 1990 with Kabir Bedi and Madhavi .
He has done dual roles in 15 movies (including a triple role in Mahaan (1983)), six of which are of father and lookalike sons.
He has won the National Award for Best Actor four times for 'Agneepath', 'Black', 'Paa' and 'Pink'.

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I have never really been confident about my career at any stage.
Everyone must accept "that we will age and age is not always flattering".
I wish I had time to learn all the languages of our country, I wish I knew how to play a musical instrument. There are many things that I feel I have missed out on.
(Referring to Abhishek Bachchan) "Like any other father I feel proud to see my son on the silver screen."
The amount of things I have been through and the remarkable ways in which the body has reacted is just phenomenal. No wonder I became religious, because you don't know why something's happening to you and you don't know how you bounced back.
His thoughts on working in Hollywood: "You don't see Indians in Hollywood films around which a story can revolve. As soon as we have a social presence in your society, I am sure there will be many actors from our part of the world that will be acting in Hollywood films. I have always been a great admirer of Marlon Brando, Al Paccinno, Robert De Niro. I would love to walk into the frame, hold their briefcase!"
(2000) Whether it was in sets of Anand or Namak Haram, we never bickered or argued or tried to upstage one another in any manner. On the contrary Kaka does'n know this, but when I was working in Calcutta and keen to join films, the inspiration to join was Mr. Rajesh Khanna. Kaka had succeeded in Filmfare contest and I said "My God, here is an excellent opportunity where somebody is actually auditioned and here this gentleman who has made it and is doing so well." Then wonder of wonders in 2 years Hrishida asked to work with Kaka. It was a dream come true for me.
(1991) It was a dream come true for me because of there was this great admiration for Kaka and his phenomenal success. The hysteria that he evoked was witnessed for first time in Hindi Films. And we were all part of that hysteria that followed Kaka. I got famous purely because I was working with Rajesh Khanna. People came and asked me questions like "How does he look?" So I became very important, thanks to Kaka. I have always maintained that person who is my senior will always remain senior. I have never argued about billings because I don't think they mean anything. And I have had always greatest respect for Kaka.
Rajesh Khanna for me will remain the only superstar in true sense. He appeared in 153 films by 1991 - that is in a span of 25 years which already included 101 solo hero films and did only 21 multi star-cast films. Everyone knows his involvement in music of his films.He was so hardworking that each year he had minimum 3 films releasing and still managed to give 95 jubilee hits!! Hats off to him. My achievements are no-where near him. In-fact I did more multi star-cast films and less solo hero films than him. Once i got success in angry young man genre I had to stick to it and whenever I tried to do something different it was a failure so I stayed away from experimenting much. But Khanna never bothered about such things. In-spite of not working much after 1991 he has done 180 films and Am far behind him. I have highest regards for him since the 1965 when I heard about him then my respect only increased when I worked with him and till date I regard him as a greater actor.

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Amitabh Bachchan

Bachchan in 2013

BornInquilaab Srivastava[1]
(1942-10-11) 11 October 1942 (age 75)
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
ResidenceJalsa, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India[2]
NationalityIndian
Other namesAngry Young Man, Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium, and Big B
Alma materSherwood College, Nainital
Kirori Mal College, Delhi University[3]
OccupationActor, producer, singer, television presenter
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)Jaya Bhaduri (m. 1973)
ChildrenShweta Bachchan Nanda, Abhishek Bachchan
Parent(s)Harivansh Rai Bachchan (father)
Teji Bachchan (mother)
RelativesSee Bachchan family
AwardsPadma Vibhushan 2015
Padma Bhushan 2001
Padma Shri 1984
WebsiteOfficial blog
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Amitabh Bachchan (pronounced [əmɪˈtaːbʱ ˈbətʃːən]; born 11 October 1942) is an Indian film actor, producer, television host, and former politician. 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. Referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Star of the Millennium, or Big B,[4][5][6] he has since appeared in over 190 Indian films in a career spanning almost five decades.[7] Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema as well as world cinema.[8][9][10][11][12] So total was his dominance on the Indian movie scene in the 1970s and 1980s that the French director François Truffaut called him a "one-man industry."[13]

Bachchan has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor 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 had a stint in politics 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.

Early life and family

Further information: Bachchan family

Bachchan was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, in north central India.[14] His ancestors on his father's side hailed from a village called Babupatti, in the Raniganj tehsil, in the Pratapgarh district, in the present-day state of Uttar Pradesh, in India.[15] His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a well-known Awadhi dialect-Hindi poet and a Hindu, while his mother, Teji Bachchan, was Sikh.[16] Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired by the phrase Inquilab Zindabad popularly used during the Indian independence struggle. In English, Inquilab Zindabad means "Long live the revolution." However, at the suggestion of fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant, Harivansh Rai changed the boy's name to Amitabh, which, according to a Times of India article, means "the light that will never die."[17][a] Although his surname was Shrivastava, Amitabh's father had adopted the pen name Bachchan ("child-like" in colloquial Hindi), under which he published all of his works.[18] It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films and for all other practical purposes, Bachchan has become the surname for all of his immediate family.[19] Bachchan's father died in 2003, and his mother in 2007.[20]

Bachchan is an alumnus of Sherwood College, Nainital. He later attended Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.[21] He has a younger brother, Ajitabh. His mother had a keen interest in theatre and was offered a feature film role, but she preferred her domestic duties. Teji had some influence in Amitabh Bachchan's choice of career because she always insisted that he should "take the centre stage."[22]

The actor who Bachchan credits as having the biggest impact on him was Dilip Kumar. In particular, Bachchan says he learnt more about acting from Kumar's Gunga Jumna (1961) than he did from any other film. Bachchan was particularly impressed by Kumar's mastery of Awadhi, expressing awe and surprise as to how “a man who’s not from Allahabad and Uttar Pradesh” could accurately express all the nuances of Awadhi.[23] Bachchan adapted Kumar's style, reinterpreting it in a contemporary urban context,[24] adopting some of Kumar's method acting,[25] and sharpening the intensity, resulting in his famous "angry young man" persona.[26]

Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bhaduri.[27] The couple have two children, Shweta Bachchan (later after marriage, known as Shweta Nanda wife of businessman Nikhil Nanda) and Abhishek Bachchan (actor and husband of actress Aishwarya Rai).

Acting career

Early career (1969–1972)

Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome.[28] His first acting role was as one of the seven protagonists in the film Saat Hindustani,[29] directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and featuring Utpal Dutt, Anwar Ali (brother of comedian Mehmood), Madhu and Jalal Agha.[30][31]

Anand (1971) followed, in which Bachchan starred alongside Rajesh Khanna. His role as a doctor with a cynical view of life garnered Bachchan his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award. He then played his first antagonist role as an infatuated lover-turned-murderer in Parwana (1971). Following Parwana were several films including Reshma Aur Shera (1971). During this time, he made a guest appearance in the film Guddi which starred his future wife Jaya Bhaduri. He narrated part of the film Bawarchi. In 1972 he made an appearance in the road action comedy Bombay to Goa directed by S. Ramanathan which was moderately successful.[32][33][34] Many of Bachchan's films during this early period did not do well, but that was about to change.[35]

Rise to stardom (1973–1974)

Bachchan was struggling, seen as a "failed newcomer" who, by the age of 30, had twelve flops and only two hits (as a lead in Bombay to Goa and supporting role in Anand). Bachchan was soon discovered by screenwriter duo Salim-Javed, consisting of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar.[36] Salim Khan wrote the story, screenplay and script of Zanjeer (1973), and conceived the "angry young man" persona of the lead role. Javed Akhtar came on board as co-writer,[37] and Prakash Mehra, who saw the script as potentially groundbreaking, as the film's director. However, they were struggling to find an actor for the lead "angry young man" role, which was turned down by a number of actors due to it going against the "romantic hero" image dominant in the industry at the time.[36] Salim-Javed soon discovered Bachchan and "saw his talent, which most makers didn’t. He was exceptional, a genius actor who was in films that weren’t good."[38] According to Salim Khan, they "strongly felt that Amitabh was the ideal casting for Zanjeer".[36] Salim Khan introduced Bachchan to Prakash Mehra,[37] and Salim-Javed insisted that Bachchan be cast for the role.[36]

Zanjeer was a crime film with violent action,[36] in sharp contrast to the romantically themed films that had generally preceded it, and it established Amitabh in a new persona—the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema.[39] He earned his first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor, with Filmfare later considering this one of the most iconic performances of Bollywood history.[35] The film was a huge success and one of the highest-grossing films of that year, breaking Bachchan's dry spell at the box office and making him a star.[40] It was the first of many collaborations between Salim-Javed and Amitabh Bachchan; Salim-Javed wrote many of their subsequent scripts with Bachchan in mind for the lead role, and insisted on him being cast for their later films, including blockbusters such as Deewaar (1975) and Sholay (1975).[38] Salim Khan also introduced Bachchan to director Manmohan Desai with whom he formed a long and successful association, alongside Prakash Mehra and Yash Chopra.[37] Eventually, Bachchan became one of the most successful leading men of the film industry. Bachchan's portrayal of the wronged hero fighting a crooked system in circumstances of deprivation in films like Zanjeer, Deeewar, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, Shakti, resonated with the masses of the time, especially the youth who harbored a simmering discontent owing to social ills like poverty, hunger, unemployment, corruption, social inequality and the brutal excesses of The Emergency (India). This led to Bachchan being dubbed as "angry young man", a journalistic catchphrase which became a metaphor for the dormant rage, frustration, restlessness, sense of rebellion and anti-establishment disposition of an entire generation, prevalent in 70s India .[41][42][43][44]

The year 1973 was also when he married Jaya, and around this time they appeared in several films together; not only in Zanjeer but in films such as Abhimaan which followed and was released only a month after their marriage and was also successful at the box office. Later, Bachchan played the role of Vikram, once again along with Rajesh Khanna, in the film Namak Haraam, a social drama directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and scripted by Biresh Chatterjee addressing themes of friendship. His supporting role won him his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award.

In 1974, Bachchan made several guest appearances in films such as Kunwara Baap and Dost, before playing a supporting role in Roti Kapda Aur Makaan. The film, directed and written by Manoj Kumar, addressed themes of honesty in the face of oppression and financial and emotional hardship and was the top earning film of 1974. Bachchan then played the leading role in the film Majboor, released on 6 December 1974, which was a remake of the Hollywood film Zig Zag. The film was a success at the box office.[45]

Superstardom (1975–1982)

In 1975, he starred in a variety of film genres, from the comedy Chupke Chupke and the crime drama Faraar to the romantic drama Mili. 1975 was also the year when Bachchan starred in two films regarded as important in Hindi cinema history, both written by Salim-Javed, who again insisted on casting Bachchan.[38] The first was Deewaar, directed by Yash Chopra, where he worked with Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, and Neetu Singh, and earned another Filmfare nomination for Best Actor. The film became a major hit at the box office in 1975, ranking in at number four.[46] In Deewaar, a contemporary urban reinterpretation of Dilip Kumar's Gunga Jumna (1961) as well as Mehboob Khan's Mother India (1957),[47] Bachchan sharpened and reinterpreted Dilip Kumar's intensity as Gunga in a contemporary urban context reflecting the changing socio-political climate of 1970s India.[24]Indiatimes Movies ranks Deewaar amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[48] The other, released on 15 August 1975, was Sholay, which became the highest-grossing film ever in India at the time,[49] in which Bachchan played the role of Jaidev. Deewaar and Sholay are often credited with exalting Bachchan to the heights of superstardom, two years after he became a star with Zanjeer, and consolidating his domination of the industry throughout the 1970s and 1980s.[50][51] In 1999, BBC India declared Sholay the "Film of the Millennium" and, like Deewar, it has been cited by Indiatimes Movies as amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.[48] In that same year, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards awarded it with the special distinction award called the Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years.

In 1976, he was cast by Yash Chopra in the romantic family drama Kabhie Kabhie. Bachchan starred as a young poet named Amit Malhotra who falls deeply in love with a beautiful young girl named Pooja (Rakhee Gulzar) who ends up marrying someone else (Shashi Kapoor). The film was notable for portraying Bachchan as a romantic hero, a far cry from his "angry young man" roles like Zanjeer and Deewar. The film evoked a favourable response from critics and audiences alike. Bachchan was again nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award for his role in the film. That same year he played a double role in the hit Adalat as father and son. In 1977, he won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Amar Akbar Anthony where he played the third lead opposite Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor as Anthony Gonsalves. The film was the highest-grossing film of that year. His other successes that year include Parvarish and Khoon Pasina.[52]

He once again resumed double roles in films such as Kasme Vaade (1978) as Amit and Shankar and Don (1978) playing the characters of Don, a leader of an underworld gang and his look-alike Vijay. His performance won him his second Filmfare Best Actor Award. He also gave towering performances in Yash Chopra's Trishul and Prakash Mehra's Muqaddar Ka Sikandar both of which earned him further Filmfare Best Actor nominations. 1978 is arguably considered his most successful year at the box office since all of his six releases the same year, namely Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Trishul, Don, Kasme Vaade, Ganga Ki Saugandh and Besharam were massive successes, the former three being the consecutive highest-grossing films of the year, remarkably releasing within a couple of months of each other, a rare feat in Indian cinema.[53][54][55][56]

In 1979, Bachchan starred in Suhaag which was the highest earning film of that year. In the same year he also enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success with films like Mr. Natwarlal, Kaala Patthar, The Great Gambler and Manzil. Amitabh was required to use his singing voice for the first time in a song from the film Mr. Natwarlal in which he starred with Rekha. Bachchan's performance in the film saw him nominated for both the Filmfare Best Actor Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer. He also received Best Actor nomination for Kaala Patthar and then went on to be nominated again in 1980 for the Raj Khosla directed film Dostana, in which he starred opposite Shatrughan Sinha and Zeenat Aman. Dostana proved to be the top-grossing film of 1980.[57] In 1981, he starred in Yash Chopra's melodrama film Silsila, where he starred alongside his wife Jaya and also Rekha. Other films of this period like Shaan (1980) and Shakti (1982) which pitted him against the veteran actor Dilip Kumar were not successful at the box office but Ram Balram (1980), Naseeb (1981), Lawaaris (1981), Kaalia (1981), Yaarana (1981), Barsaat Ki Ek Raat (1981) were blockbusters.[58][59][60][61][better source needed][62][63]

In 1982 he played double roles in the comedySatte Pe Satta and actiondramaDesh Premee which succeeded at the box office along with mega hits like actioncomedyNamak Halaal, actiondramaKhud-Daar and the critically acclaimed dramaBemisal.[64]

Coolie injury (1982–1983)

In 1983, he played a triple role in Mahaan, and starred in the top-grossing film of that year, Coolie.[65] Other releases during that year, namely Nastik, Andha Kanoon (in which he had an extended guest appearance) were hits and Pukar was an average grosser.[66]

On 26 July 1982, while filming Coolie, in the University Campus in Bangalore, Bachchan suffered a near fatal intestinal injury during the filming of a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar.[67] Bachchan was performing his own stunts in the film and one scene required him to fall onto a table and then on the ground. However, as he jumped towards the table, the corner of the table struck his abdomen, resulting in a splenic rupture from which he lost a significant amount of blood. He required an emergency splenectomy and remained critically ill in hospital for many months, at times close to death. The overwhelming public response included prayers in temples and offers to sacrifice limbs to save him, while later, there were long queues of well-wishing fans outside the hospital where he was recuperating.[68]

Nevertheless, he resumed filming later that year after a long period of recuperation. The film was released in 1983, and partly due to the huge publicity of Bachchan's accident, the film was a box office success and the top-grossing film of that year.[69]

The director, Manmohan Desai, altered the ending of Coolie after Bachchan's accident. Bachchan's character was originally intended to have been killed off but after the change of script, the character lived in the end. It would have been inappropriate, said Desai, for the man who had just fended off death in real life to be killed on screen. Also, in the released film the footage of the fight scene is frozen at the critical moment, and a caption appears onscreen marking this as the instant of the actor's injury and the ensuing publicity of the accident.[70]

Later, he was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis. His illness made him feel weak both mentally and physically and he decided to quit films and venture into politics. At this time he became pessimistic, expressing concern with how a new film would be received and stated before every release, "Yeh film to flop hogi!" ("This film will flop").[71]

Career decline and retirement (1988–1992)

In 1988, Bachchan returned to films, playing the title role in Shahenshah, which was a box office success.[72] After the success of his comeback film however, his star power began to wane as all of his subsequent films like Jaadugar, Toofan and Main Azaad Hoon (all released in 1989) failed at the box office. Successes during this period like the crimedramaAaj Ka Arjun (1990) and actioncrimedramaHum (1991), for which he won his third Filmfare Best Actor Award, looked like they might reverse the trend, but this momentum was short-lived and his string of box office failures continued.[73][74] Notably, despite the lack of hits, it was during this era that Bachchan won his first National Film Award for Best Actor for his performance as a Mafia don in the 1990 cult film Agneepath. These years would see his last on-screen appearances for some time. After the release of Khuda Gawah in 1992, Bachchan went into semi-retirement for five years. With the exception of the delayed release of Insaniyat (1994), which was also a box office failure, Bachchan did not appear in any new releases for five years.[75]

Productions and acting comeback (1996–1999)

Bachchan turned producer during his temporary retirement period, setting up Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (ABCL) in 1996. ABCL's strategy was to introduce products and services covering an entire cross-section of India's entertainment industry. ABCL's operations were mainstream commercial film production and distribution, audio cassettes and video discs, production and marketing of television software, and celebrity and event management.[76] Soon after the company was launched in 1996, the first film it produced was Tere Mere Sapne, which was a moderate success and launched the careers of actors like Arshad Warsi and southern film star Simran.

In 1997, Bachchan attempted to make his acting comeback with the film Mrityudata, produced by ABCL. Though Mrityudaata attempted to reprise Bachchan's earlier success as an action hero, the film was a failure both financially and critically.[77] ABCL was the main sponsor of the 1996 Miss World beauty pageant, Bangalore, but lost millions. The fiasco and the consequent legal battles surrounding ABCL and various entities after the event, coupled with the fact that ABCL was reported to have overpaid most of its top level managers, eventually led to its financial and operational collapse in 1997.[78][79] The company went into administration and was later declared a failed company by the Indian Industries board. The Bombay high court, in April 1999, restrained Bachchan from selling off his Bombay bungalow 'Prateeksha' and two flats till the pending loan recovery cases of Canara Bank were disposed of. Bachchan had, however, pleaded that he had mortgaged his bungalow to raise funds for his company.[80]

Bachchan attempted to revive his acting career, and eventually had commercial success with Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) and Major Saab (1998),[81] and received positive reviews for Sooryavansham (1999),[82] but other films such as Lal Baadshah (1999) and Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999) were box office failures.

Return to prominence (2000–present)

In 2000, Amitabh Bachchan appeared in Yash Chopra's box-office hit, Mohabbatein, directed by Aditya Chopra. He played a stern, older figure that rivalled the character of Shahrukh Khan. His role won him his third Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Other hits followed, with Bachchan appearing as an older family patriarch in Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001) and Baghban (2003). As an actor, he continued to perform in a range of characters, receiving critical praise for his performances in Aks (2001), Aankhen (2002), Khakee (2004) and Dev (2004). His performance in Aks won him his first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. One project that did particularly well for Bachchan was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black (2005). The film starred Bachchan as an aging teacher of a deaf-blind girl and followed their relationship. His performance was unanimously praised by critics and audiences and won him his second National Film Award for Best Actor, his fourth Filmfare Best Actor Award and his second Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. Taking advantage of this resurgence, Amitabh began endorsing a variety of products and services, appearing in many television and billboard advertisements. In 2005 and 2006, he starred with his son Abhishek in the films Bunty Aur Babli (2005), the Godfather tribute Sarkar (2005), and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). All of them were successful at the box office.[83][84] His later releases in 2006 and early 2007 were Baabul (2006),[85]Ekalavya and Nishabd (2007), which failed to do well at the box office but his performances in each of them were praised by critics.[86]

In May 2007, two of his films Cheeni Kum and the multi-starrer Shootout at Lokhandwala were released. Shootout at Lokhandwala did well at the box office and was declared a hit in India, while Cheeni Kum picked up after a slow start and was a success.[87][88][89][90] A remake of his biggest hit, Sholay (1975), entitled Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, released in August of that same year and proved to be a major commercial failure in addition to its poor critical reception.[90] The year also marked Bachchan's first appearance in an English-language film, Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear, co-starring Arjun Rampal and Preity Zinta. The film premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival on 9 September 2007. He received positive reviews from critics who hailed his performance as his best ever since Black.[91] Bachchan was slated to play a supporting role in his first international film, Shantaram, directed by Mira Nair and starring Hollywood actor Johnny Depp in the lead. The film was due to begin filming in February 2008 but due to the writer's strike, was pushed to September 2008.[92] The film is currently "shelved" indefinitely.[93]

Vivek Sharma's Bhoothnath, in which he plays the title role as a ghost, was released on 9 May 2008. Sarkar Raj, the sequel of the 2005 film Sarkar, released in June 2008 and received a positive response at the box-office. Paa, which released at the end of 2009 was a highly anticipated project as it saw him playing his own son Abhishek's Progeria-affected 13-year-old son, and it opened to favourable reviews, particularly towards Bachchan's performance and was one of the top-grossing films of 2009.[94] It won him his third National Film Award for Best Actor and fifth Filmfare Best Actor Award. In 2010, he debuted in Malayalam film through Kandahar, directed by Major Ravi and co-starring Mohanlal.[95] The film was based on the hijacking incident of the Indian Airlines Flight 814.[96] Bachchan declined any remuneration for this film.[97]

In 2013 he made his Hollywood debut in The Great Gatsby making a special appearance opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. In 2014, he played the role of the friendly ghost in the sequel Bhoothnath Returns. The next year, he played the role of a grumpy father suffering from chronic constipation in the critically acclaimed Piku which was also one of the biggest hits of 2015.[98][99][100] A review in Daily News and Analysis (DNA) summarized Bachchan's performance as "The heart and soul of Piku clearly belong to Amitabh Bachchan who is in his elements. His performance in Piku, without doubt, finds a place among the top 10 in his illustrious career."[101] Rachel Saltz wrote for The New York Times, "“Piku,” an offbeat Hindi comedy, would have you contemplate the intestines and mortality of one Bhashkor Banerji and the actor who plays him, Amitabh Bachchan. Bhashkor’s life and conversation may revolve around his constipation and fussy hypochondria, but there’s no mistaking the scene-stealing energy that Mr. Bachchan, India’s erstwhile Angry Young Man, musters for his new role of Cranky Old Man."[102] Well known Indian critic Rajeev Masand wrote on his website, "Bachchan is pretty terrific as Bhashkor, who reminds you of that oddball uncle that you nevertheless have a soft spot for. He bickers with the maids, harrows his hapless helper, and expects that Piku stay unmarried so she can attend to him. At one point, to ward off a possible suitor, he casually mentions that his daughter isn’t a virgin; that she’s financially independent and sexually independent too. Bachchan embraces the character’s many idiosyncrasies, never once slipping into caricature while all along delivering big laughs thanks to his spot-on comic timing.[103]The Guardian summed up, "Bachchan seizes upon his cranky character part, making Bashkor as garrulously funny in his theories on caste and marriage as his system is backed-up."[104] The performance won Bachchan his fourth National Film Award for Best Actor and his third Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor.

In 2016, he appeared in the women centric courtroom drama film Pink which was highly praised by critics and with an increasingly good word of mouth, was a resounding success at the domestic and overseas box office.[105][106][107][108][109] Bachchan's performance in the film received acclaim. According to Raja Sen of Rediff.com, "Amitabh Bachchan, a retired lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder, takes up cudgels on behalf of the girls, delivering courtroom blows with pugilistic grace. Like we know from Prakash Mehra movies, into each life some Bachchan must fall. The girls hang on to him with incredulous desperation, and he bats for them with all he has. At one point Meenal hangs by Bachchan's elbow, words entirely unnecessary. Bachchan towers through Pink -- the way he bellows "et cetera" is alone worth having the heavy-hitter at play—but there are softer moments like one where he appears to have dozed off in court, or where he lays his head by his convalescent wife's bedside and needs his hair ruffled and his conviction validated."[110] Writing for Hindustan Times, noted film critic and author Anupama Chopra said of Bachchan's performance, "A special salute to Amitabh Bachchan, who imbues his character with a tragic majesty. Bachchan towers in every sense, but without a hint of showboating.[106] Meena Iyer of The Times of India wrote, "The performances are pitch-perfect with Bachchan leading the way.[111] Writing for NDTV, Troy Ribeiro of Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) stated, 'Amitabh Bachchan as Deepak Sehgall, the aged defence lawyer, shines as always, in a restrained, but powerful performance. His histrionics come primarily in the form of his well-modulated baritone, conveying his emotions and of course, from the well-written lines.'[112] Mike McCahill of The Guardian remarked , "Among an electric ensemble, Tapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang give unwavering voice to the girls’ struggles; Amitabh Bachchan brings his moral authority to bear as their sole legal ally.[113]

In 2017, he appeared in the third installment of the Sarkar film series: Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar 3. He is also filming Thugs Of Hindostan with Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh which is set for release in November 2018.[114] He will co-star with Rishi Kapoor in 102 Not Out, an upcoming comedy-drama film directed by Umesh Shukla based on a Gujarati play of the same name written by Saumya Joshi.[115][116][117] This will release in May 2018 and will reunite him with Kapoor onscreen after a gap of twenty-seven years. In October 2017, it was announced that Bachchan will appear in Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra, alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.[118]

Other work

Politics

In 1984, Bachchan took a break from acting and briefly entered politics in support of long-time family friend, Rajiv Gandhi. He contested Allahabad's seat of 8th Lok Sabha against H. N. Bahuguna, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and won by one of the highest victory margins in general election history (68.2% of the vote).[119] His political career, however, was short-lived: he resigned after three years, calling politics a cesspool. The resignation followed the implication of Bachchan and his brother in the "Bofors scandal" by a newspaper, which he vowed to take to court.[120] Bachchan was eventually found not guilty of involvement in the ordeal. He was framed in the scam and falsely alleged. This was cleared by Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom.[121]

His old friend, Amar Singh, helped him during the financial crisis caused by the failure of his company, ABCL. Thereafter Bachchan started supporting the Samajwadi Party, the political party to which Amar Singh belonged. Furthermore, Jaya Bachchan joined the Samajwadi party and represented the party as an MP in the Rajya Sabha.[122] Bachchan has continued to do favours for the Samajwadi party, including appearing in advertisements and political campaigns. These activities have recently got him into trouble in the Indian courts for false claims after a previous incident of submission of legal papers by him, stating that he is a farmer.[123]

A 15-year press ban against Bachchan was imposed during his peak acting years by Stardust and some of the other film magazines. In defence, Bachchan claimed to have banned the press from entering his sets until late 1989.[124]

Bachchan has been accused of using the slogan "blood for blood" in the context of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Bachchan has denied the allegation.[125] In October 2014, Bachchan was summoned by a court in Los Angeles for "allegedly instigating violence against the Sikh community".[126][127][128][129]

Television appearances

In 2000, Bachchan hosted the first season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), the Indian adaptation of the British television game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The show was well received.[130] A second season followed in 2005 but its run was cut short by STAR Plus when Bachchan fell ill in 2006.[131]

In 2009, Bachchan hosted the third season of the reality show Bigg Boss.[132]

In 2010, Bachchan hosted the fourth season of KBC.[133] The fifth season started on 15 August 2011 and ended on 17 November 2011. The show became a massive hit with audiences and broke many TRP Records. CNN IBN awarded Indian of the Year- Entertainment to Team KBC and Bachchan. The Show also grabbed all the major Awards for its category.[134] Bachchan continued to host KBC until 2017.

The sixth season was also hosted by Bachchan, commencing on 7 September 2012, broadcast on Sony TV and received the highest number of viewers thus far.[135]

In 2014, he debuted in the fictional Sony Entertainment Television TV series titled Yudh playing the lead role of a businessman battling both his personal and professional life.[136]

Voice-acting

Bachchan is known for his deep, baritone voice. He has been a narrator, a playback singer, and presenter for numerous programmes.[137][138][139] Renowned film director Satyajit Ray was so impressed with Bachchan's voice that he decided to use Bachchan as the narrator in his 1977 film Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players).[140] Bachchan lent his voice as a narrator to the 2001 movie Lagaan which was a super hit.[141] In 2005, Bachchan lent his voice to the Oscar-winning French documentary March of the Penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet.[142]

He also has done voice-over work for the following movies:[143][144][145]

Humanitarian causes

Bachchan has been involved with many social causes. For example, he donated ₹11 lakh (US$17,000) to clear the debts of nearly 40 beleaguered farmers in Andhra Pradesh[149] and ₹30 lakh (US$46,000) to clear the debts of some 100 Vidarbha farmers.[150] In 2010, he donated ₹11 lakh (US$17,000) to Resul Pookutty's foundation for a medical centre at Kochi,[151][152][153] and he has given ₹2.5 lakh (US$3,800) to the family of Delhi policeman Subhash Chand Tomar who died after succumbing to injuries during a protest against gang-rape protest after the 2012 Delhi gang rape case.[154] He founded the Harivansh Rai Bachchan Memorial Trust, named after his father, in 2013.[155]

Bachchan was made a UNICEF goodwill ambassador for the polio Eradication Campaign in India in 2002.[156] In 2013, he and his family donated ₹25 lakh (US$38,000) to a charitable trust, Plan India, that works for the betterment of young girls in India.[157] He also donated ₹11 lakh (US$17,000) to the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund in 2013.[158]

Bachchan was the face of the 'Save Our Tigers' campaign that promoted the importance of tiger conservation in India.[159] He supported the campaign by PETA in India to free Sunder, a 14-year-old elephant who was chained and tortured in a temple in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.[160]

In 2014, it was announced that he had recorded his voice and lent his image to the Hindi and English language versions of the TeachAIDS software, an international HIV/AIDS prevention education tool developed at Stanford University.[161]

Business investments

Amitabh Bachchan has invested in many upcoming business ventures. In 2013, he bought a 10% stake in Just Dial from which he made a gain of 4600 percent. He holds a 3.4% equity in Stampede Capital, a financial technology firm specializing in cloud computing for financial markets. The Bachchan family also bought shares worth $252,000 in Meridian Tech, a consulting company in U.S. Recently they made their first overseas investment in Ziddu.com, a cloud based content distribution platform.[159][162] Bachchan was named in the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, leaked confidential documents relating to offshore investment.[163][164]

Awards and honours

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Amitabh Bachchan

Apart from National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards and other competitive awards which Bachchan won for his performances throughout the years, he has been awarded several honours for his achievements in the Indian film industry. In 1991, he became the first artist to receive the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, which was established in the name of Raj Kapoor. Bachchan was crowned as Superstar of the Millennium in 2000 at the Filmfare Awards.

In 1999, Bachchan was voted the "greatest star of stage or screen" in a BBC Your Millennium online poll. The organisation noted that "Many people in the western world will not have heard of [him] ... [but it] is a reflection of the huge popularity of Indian films."[165] In 2001, he was honoured with the Actor of the Century award at the Alexandria International Film Festival in Egypt in recognition of his contribution to the world of cinema.[166] Many other honours for his achievements were conferred upon him at several International Film Festivals, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Asian Film Awards.[167]

In June 2000, he became the first living Asian to have been modeled in wax at London's Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.[168] Another statue was installed in New York in 2009,[169] Hong Kong in 2011,[170]Bangkok in 2011,[171] Washington, DC in 2012,[172] and Delhi, in 2017.[173]

In 2003, he was conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of the French town of Deauville.[174] The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. France's highest civilian honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour, was conferred upon him by the French Government in 2007 for his "exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond".[175] On 27 July 2012, Bachchan carried the Olympic torch during the last leg of its relay in London's Southwark.[176]

Several books have been written about Bachchan.

  • Amitabh Bachchan: the Legend was published in 1999,[177]
  • To be or not to be: Amitabh Bachchan in 2004,[178]
  • AB: The Legend (A Photographer's Tribute) in 2006,[179]
  • Amitabh Bachchan: Ek Jeevit Kimvadanti in 2006,[180]
  • Amitabh: The Making of a Superstar in 2006,[181]
  • Looking for the Big B: Bollywood, Bachchan and Me in 2007[182] and
  • Bachchanalia in 2009.[183]

Bachchan himself wrote a book in 2002: Soul Curry for you and me – An Empowering Philosophy That Can Enrich Your Life.[184] In the early 80s, Bachchan authorised the use of his likeness for the comic book character Supremo in a series titled The Adventures of Amitabh Bachchan.[185] In May 2014, La Trobe University in Australia named a Scholarship after Bachchan.[186]

He was named "Hottest Vegetarian" by PETA India in 2012.[187] He won the title of "Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian" in a contest poll run by PETA Asia.[188]

Memorials

Amitabh Bachchan Sports Complex in Allahabad managed by UP Sports Directorate is named after him.[189] Also a road is named after him as Amitabh Bachchan Road in his home town, Allahabad.[190] A government senior secondary school in Saifai, Etawah, Amitabh Bachchan Government Inter College, Saifai, established in 1997 is also named after him.[191][192][193]

There is a temple in Kolkata, where Amitabh is worshipped as a God.[194] The tiles of the temple are adorned with the words "Jai Shri Amitabh"; in place of the idol, you see his photo and a pair of white shoes that the actor wore in his movie, Agneepath.[195]

Selected filmography

Main article: Amitabh Bachchan filmography

Bachchan and wife Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan in 2013, the couple got married in 1973, after the release of Zanjeer.
Bachchan during the shoot of 1990 Hindi film Agneepath.
Amitabh Bachchan at KBC-5 Press Meet
Bachchan speaking at a function in 2013.
Amitabh Bachchan with the Olympic flame in London on 27 July 2012

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