Amitabh Bachchan

The angry young man

The picture above is a famous photo of Amitabh Bachchan's character in Don (1978).

Early Life

Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad, India to Dr. Harvinash Rai ,a well-known poet in India, and Teji Bachchan, a Sikh socialite. He is the oldest of two children, and his brother is named Ajitabh. Amitabh attended Sherwood College (boarding school) and later earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Delhi University. He became a freight broker for a few years in Calcutta, before moving to Bombay and to start his Bollywood film career.


Amitabh Bachchan is married to Jaya Bhaduri, and they have two children, Abishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda. Abishek is married to Aishwarya Rai and like his parents, they are both famous Bollywood stars.

Start of Film Career

In 1969, Amitabh Bachchan made his film debut in Saat Hindustani (1969), and won the National Film Award for Best Newcomer. He went on to star in many more movies such as Zanjeer (1973) and Sharaabi (1983). These roles helped him earn the nickname "the angry young man," since many of the characters were action-heroes. He received many Filmfare awards as well. During the 1970's and early 1980's, Amitabh performed in over 100 movies. Some of his most famous performances were in Don (1978) and Coolie (1983). The unique part about Bachchan's roles was that he was often required to sing, which was also one of his talents. In 1982, Amitabh Bachchan was seriously injured in an accident while filming Coolie (1983). He was to jump off a table and fall to the ground, but when he fell, the table's corner jabbed into his abdomen. This resulted in a loss of blood, and he was in critical condition for several months.


Accident and Comeback

Once he recovered, he decided to shift careers, and engage himself more in politics. For a few years, Amitabh helped his friend Rajiv Gandhi, who was the prime minister at the time. He ran for a seat in India's parliament, and won by a landslide! Three years later, he resigned as a result of a controversy, and chose to go back to acting. Amitabh Bachchan's acting career restarted in 1997, when he starred in the Amitabh Bachchan Corporation , Ltd.'s production of Mrityudaata (1997). In 2000, he was invited to host a game show named "Kaun Banega Crorepati." This was the Indian version of the classic game show, "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" He hosted the show until 2005, when he started acting in many more movies. Since 2000, some of Amitabh's movies include Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Baghban (2003), and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). He is set to appear in The Great Gatsby (2013) and Bombay Talkies (2013).
The picture above shows Amitabh Bachchan hosting the Indian game show, "Kaun Banega Crorepati."


Amitabh Bachchan starred in Sholay (1975), is the second-longest running movie in Indian theaters. It ran for around 5 years in a theater in Bombay. As a comparison, Titanic (1997), ran in theaters for about 9 months.


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