Hailed as one of the greatest actors that the Indian Film Industry has ever produced, The Superstar, The Angry Young Man, Big B, The Shahenshah of Bollywood, The Living Legend, The Star of the Millennium, yes Amitabh Bachchan is a name that needs no introduction.
Amitabh Bachchan has ruled the Indian Film Industry for than four decades. He was such a dominant force in the Indian Cinema in the 1970s and 1980s that he was referred as a “one-man industry.”
Bachchan’s rise to stardom started with the 1973 Hindi film “Zanjeer”. His acting career now spans more than four decades during which he has acted in more than 180 films.
Bachchan has won numerous awards in his acting career.
He has been honored with four National Film Awards for Best Actor and has won as many as fifteen Filmfare Awards including Life-Time Achievement Award.
He has also been honored with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan Award from the Government of India for his outstanding contributions to the Indian Cinema.
Apart from acting, Amitabh Bachchan has also worked as a playback singer, television presenter, and film producer. He has also acted in the Hollywood movie, The Great Gatsby (2013). He had also joined politics for a short period in the 1980s.
Amitabh Bachchan Age
Amitabh Bachchan was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, on 11th October 1942. His is seventy-four years of age (as of 2016). His father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a famous Hindi Poet and his mother Teji Bachchan was a Punjabi Sikh.
Bachchan did his early schooling from Allahabad and later went to Sherwood College in Nainital. He then graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi.
In his late twenties, he decided to give up his job as a freight broker in a shipping company, Bird, and Co. in Kolkata and came to Bombay (now Mumbai) to pursue his career as an actor.
Amitabh Bachchan Family
Amitabh Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bachchan. The couple has two children – Shweta Bachchan Nanda and actor Abhishek Bachchan. Shweta Bachchan is married to Nikhil Nanda. She has two children, son Agastya Nanda and daughter Navya Naveli Nanda. Abhishek is married to actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. They have a daughter named Aaradhya Bachchan.
Amitabh Bachchan House
Amitabh Bachchan lives in Mumbai. He owns two massive and beautiful houses named “Jalsa” and “Pratiksha”. He also has an office building named “Janak”. Both of his houses and office building are at a convenient walking distance from each other in Juhu, Mumbai.
Amitabh Bachchan Film Career
Amitabh Bachchan started his film career in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s film Bhuvan Shome.
His first role as an actor was in the film Saat Hindustani which was directed by Khwaja Ahmed Abbas. Though this film was not a box-office hit, he won the National Award for the Best Newcomer.
His early phase as an actor which saw him acting in films of the likes of Anand, Parwana, Reshma Aur Shera, Guddi, Bombay to Goa and others though were appreciated but did not meet the much-needed box office success.
However, all this changed from 1973 with Amitabh Bachchan playing the lead role in Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer which was a huge hit at the box office.
This film established Amitabh Bachchan in the Hindi Film Industry and gave him the title of “Angry Young Man.”
It was the year when he got married to actress Jaya Bhaduri.
Amitabh Bachchan then went on to become the Super Star of the Hindi Film Industry. He gave several box office hits like Deewar, Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Don, Chupke Chupke, Trishul, Dostana, Ram Balram, Shaan, Lawaris, Kaalia, Silsila, Shakti, Kala Pathar, Satte Pe Satta, Sharabi, Mard, and many others.
In 1983 he met with a serious accident while shooting for the film Coolie in which he was injured seriously. He recovered from this injury and went on to complete the shooting of the film. The film “Coolie” was also a huge success at the box office.
The period from 1984 to 1987 saw him entering in the political arena when he was elected as an MP from Allahabad. But he quickly realized that politics was not for him and again started acting giving smashing hits with the films of the likes of “Shahanshah” and “Akhari Raasta.”
After this, he saw a mixed period with some hits and flops. Amitabh Bachchan’s major films during this period included Hum, Agneepath, and Khuda Gawah. He won the National Award for the
Best Actor for his acting in the film Agneepath.
Amitabh Bachchan Television Career
Bachchan came to prominence with the TV Quiz Show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” in which he performed as the host of the show. This show became a huge success with the Indian audience. He also hosted the third season of the reality show “Bigg Boss.” He has played the lead role in the TV series titled “Yudh.”
Amitabh Bachchan Online Presence
Bachchan is highly active on social media sites. He has a huge fan following on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. He has also released his official blog.
Bachchan is still actively working in films. Some of his latest releases being Paa, Aarakshan, Budda Hoga Tera Baap, Department, Satyagraha, Bhootnath Returns, Shamitabh, Piku, Wazir, Te3n, etc. “Pink” is his forthcoming film.
Amitabh Bachchan is truly the greatest superstar of the Indian Film Industry.