Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan (born October 11, 1942, Allahabad, India) also known as Big B, is an Indian actor.

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Amitabh's parents, Harivanshrai Bachchan, a well-known poet, and Teji Bachchan, raised him in a cultivated and literary household. He attended Sherwood College in Nainital and went on to Delhi University to earn a science degree.


Amitabh as national icon

His first film was Saat Hindustani (1969). The film was not a hit, but he slowly built up a following and became a sought-after leading man. He broke through to major stardom in 1973, with the hit films Abhimaan and Zanjeer. Zanjeer introduced Amitabh as the "angry young man", driven into revolt by outrageous oppression. Millions identified with both the anger and the idealism. He became a film phenomenon, drawing crowds into the theatres no matter the quality of the films. He did film after film, several in a year, and never seemed to wear out his appeal.

Amitabh's most loved films and characters date from this period. Millions of fans remember him from hits like Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Deewar. However, even his fans will admit that many of his films were forgettable; they were run-of-the-mill masala movies with creaking plots and sub-par production values. When he was a mega-star, none of this mattered, but lack of selectivity may have had something to do with his later career doldrums.

Life-threatening injury

In 1983, Amitabh was filming Coolie, when he was injured in an on-set accident. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. His condition was major news, as millions of avid fans waited for hospital bulletins and prayed for his recovery.

He recovered and resumed making films, but his career seemed to falter after this incident. He made fewer films, and his name on the marquee could no longer guarantee a film's success.

Amitabh's political career

In 1984, he briefly entered politics in support of long-time family friend Rajiv Gandhi. He contested Allahabad's parliament seat, and won. However, his political career was short lived; he resigned after three years, without finishing his term. At the same time, Gandhi's Congress Party government was reeling from accusations of corruption. Amitabh was never implicated in the corruption, and has since distanced himself from the Gandhi family. Some would say that all these events are connected; the Big B will only say that he found politics unpleasant and resigned for personal reasons.

Amitabh's business career

In 1995, Amitabh went into business, starting the Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited, or ABCL. ABCL was to be a media conglomerate, a Hollywood-style entertainment company. Amitabh may have been ahead of his time, or just unsuited to be a business mogul, as the company failed.

Amitabh again a headliner

He had been making films all through the 1980s and 1990s, but few had succeeded. Mrityudatta (1997), failed at the box office. Lal Badshah and Major Saab did little better. Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan and Mohabbatein were hits, but critics credited his co-stars Govinda and Shahrukh Khan, not Amitabh. Industry gossip said that the Big B was finished as an actor.

But despite having been overshadowed by a new king of Hindi cinema--Shah Rukh Khan-- Bachchan still had charisma. In 1999, in a BBC Online Poll, he was named the Superstar of the Millennium ahead of the likes of Alec Guinness and Marlon Brando. In June, 2000 he became the first living Asian to have a wax statue erected in his honour at Madame Tussaud's.

In 2000, he was chosen as the host for a new Indian game show, Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Amitabh was a suave, assured host and the show was an enormous hit. Critics finally admitted that Amtitabh still had box-office magic.

Since his game show success, he has appeared in several hit movies, most notably Baghbaan, Veer-Zaara, and Black.

Most recently, an Amitabh film retrospective was held between April 8 and April 19 2005 at the Lincoln Center in New York. The retrospective featured films starring Bachchan including Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Anand and Abhimaan and Sanjay Bhansali's Black. Amitabh was there for the plaudits; he also took this opportunity to appear on a number of television talk shows.

Family life

After the success of Zanjeer, Amitabh Bachchan married actress Jaya Bhaduri on June 3, 1973 with whom he has co-starred in many films. Some of the films starring Amitabh and Jaya : Zanjeer, Abhimaan, Sholay, Silsila, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

The couple have two children, Abhishek and Shweta. Abhishek Bachchan has already followed his father's footsteps, having starred in such movies as Refugee, Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa, Dhai Askar Prem Ke, Hain Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, Om Jai Jagdish, Mein Prem Ki Diwani Hoo, Kuch Na Kaho, Zameen, L.O.C, Dhoom, Yuva, and Bunty Aur Babli.


Saat Hindustani  
Anand Guddi
Parwaana Pyar Ki Kahani
Reshma Aur Shera (Guest)  
Bansi Birju Bombay to Goa
Ek Nazar Jaban
Piya Ka Ghar Raaste Ka Patthar
Abhimaan Baandhe Haath
Gehri Chaal Haath (Guest)
Namak Haram Saudagar
Benaam Dost (Guest)
Kasauti Majboor
Roti Kapda aur Makaan  
Chhoti si Baat Chupke Chupke
Deewar Faraar
Hera Pheri Mili
Sholay Zameer
Do Anjaane Kabhie Kabhie
Adalat Aalap
Amar Akbar Anthony Imaan Dharam
Khoon Paseena Parvarish
Besharam Don
Ganga Ki Saugandh Kasme Vaade
Gol Maal (Guest) The Great Gambler
Jurmaana Kaala Patthar
Manzil Mr. Natwarlaal
Muqaddar ka Sikandar Suhaag
Anusandhan (Guest) Chashme Baddoor (Guest)
Do aur Do Panch Dostaana
Ram Balraam Shaan
Barsaat ki Ek Raat Kaalia
Lawaaris Naseeb
Silsila Yaraana
Bemisaal Desh Premee
Khuddar Namak Halaal
Nastik Satte pe Satta
Andha Kanoon Coolie
Mahaan Pukar
Inquilaab Sharaabi
Giraftaar (Guest) Mard
Aakhree Rasta  
Hero Hiralal (Guest) Jalwa (Guest)
Shahenshah Soorma Bhopali (Guest)
Ganga Jamuna Saraswati Kaun Jeeta Kaun Haara (Guest)
Jaadugar Main Azaad Hoon
Aaj ka Arjun Agneepath
Krodh (Guest)  
Ajooba Akayla
Hum Indrajeet
Khuda Gawah  
Majorsaab Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan
Lal Baadshah Sooryavansham
Biwi No. 1 (Special) Hindustan Ki Kasam
Ek Rishta--The Bond of Love Aks
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham Lagaan (as Narrator)
Aankhen Hum Kisise Kum Nahi
Agnivarsha Kaante
Armaan Baghban
Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo Veer-Zaara
Hum Kaun Hai? Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na
Deewaar Lakshya
Dev Insaaf: The Justice (as Narrator)
Rudraksh as Narrator Aetbaar
Black Waqt
Bunty Aur Babli  

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