of lndian cinema was born to well-known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and
Bachchan in Allahabad on October 11, 1942. Amitabh went to Sherwood
boarding school in Nainital, and then to Karori Mal College in Delhi
where he earned a double MA. He was a former stage actor, radio
freight company executive in Shaw Wallace, Calcutta, before coming to
of Dreams, Bombay in 1968.
Bachchan had to struggle a
in Bollywood because of his odd looks and height. At 6'3", he was
considered far too tall by the filmmakers. Surprisingly, despite having
baritone voice, Bachchan failed in an audition at the All India Radio!
of struggle followed. He even played a mute role in one of his early
'Reshma Aur Shera' (1971). Ultimately, it was K. A. Abbas who gave
first break in 'Saat Hindustani' [Seven Indians], in 1969.
Bombay to Goa,
Haram are his best films. The year 1975 saw the release of Amitabh's
biggest hits till date-Ramesh Sippy's 'Sholay' and Yash Chopra's
excelled in all types of roles, be it action, drama, song and dance or
and, consequently his films began to be a one-man variety entertainment
During the shooting of the movie Coolie (1982), he sustained a life
injury during a stunt scene. Tens of thousands of fans prayed for
has appeared in
100 films. Many were box office blockbusters. Bachchan has always been
crowd-puller in India. He is also the lone star to have had a universal
that cut across geographical boundaries and age. 'Big B' launched his
ABCL-Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited, which released many
films; it was the principal sponsor of the 1996 Miss World Contest,
Bangalore. Unfortunately, ABCL met its traits, and his films flopped
at the box-office. And he was again 'written off' by the industry.
July 1999, he was
the Super-star of the Millennium by the BBC online poll where he
Hollywood legends, and then in the summer of 2000 he changed the face
show business when he became an anchor of the Quiz show: Kaun Banega
(KBC 1 and 2).The show instantly became a record-breakingh, historical
and his wife Jaya
(student of Poona Film Institute) have two children, Shweta and
Abhishek Bachchan has also ventured into Hindi cinema recently. A
actors like the Kapoors, he enjoys an excellent career and great family
Bachchan is at present
on a project aimed at helping AIDS parients. The proceeds from the
will, of course, go towards helping the misery of the patients. During
three decades of the 20th century and continuing into the 21st,
he has reigned supreme on Indian silver screen and in the process,
standards of excellence in acting and professionalism. A quote from the
“Amitabh is Amitabh.”
“There's no one like Amitabh.”
“Nobody can match Amitabh Bachchan's
it that made
different from the others? The range, which Bachchan has portrayed in
performances, remains unmatched even today. In June 2000, Bachchan
first living Asian to have a statue erected in his honour at London's
prestigious Madame Tussauds Museum.
this Big B turned 60,
family presented him with a book about his life and movies, entitled
'To Be or
not to Be'. His string of awards began way back in 1969 as the best
for Saat Hindustani, and in 1991 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
1999 – BBC Superstar of the Millennium; the list seems to be
January 26, 2001 he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution
Indian Cinema. His commitment, sincerity, dedication and diligence
with a halo of popularity among millions of fans all over this planet.
is Amitabh! Timeless with a global
personality. His salary to act in the film Anand was just Rs.
owns a fleet of nine cars. Though Bentley is his favourite, his option
No. 1 is
to drive Lexus SUV. To treat him in 1982, when doctors made 14 holes in
abdomen Amitabh asked, "why not make 18 holes and play golf?".