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Amitabh Bachchan Biography - Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline

                • Amitabh Bachchan is a celebrated Indian film actor, known mainly for the cult movies ‘Sholay’, ‘Zanjeer’, and ‘Deewar’.

            Read on for detailed information about his childhood, profile, career and timeline.
            Just when people thought his National Award winning performance in Black (2005) was the greatest performance of his career, he astounded everybody by his performance in Paa (2009). Even today, he is not only busy as ever, but also shows the same energy and enthusiasm for his work which is commendable. There are no two ways about it Legends like Amitabh Bachchan come but once in a lifetime. At sixty plus, Amitabh Bachchan is a greater icon than he was at the height of his popularity three decades ago.

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    Nick Name
    Big B, Munna, Angry Young Man, Bollywood's Shahenshah, Amith, AB Sr.
    Also Known As
    Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, Amitabh Harivansh Srivastav, Amitabh, Shri Amitabh Bachchanji, Shri.
    Mr. Amitabh Harivansh Rai Srivastava, more popularly known as Big-B, is one of those personalities who has tasted all the phases of life but conquered them all to achieve the stardom that he holds today. His life is an inspiration for all those struggling yet ambitious youth, who want to achieve great heights in their career.

    Amitabh Bachchan, Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Padmashree Amitabh Bachchan, AB Sr., Mun
    Famous as
    Film actor
    Indian Famous Indian Men
    Born on
    11 October 1942 AD
    11th October Famous 11th October Birthdays
    74 Years
    Sun Sign
    Libra Libra Men
    Born in
    Grouping of People
    Harivanshrai Bachchan
    Teji Bachchan
    Ajitabh Bachchan
    Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan
    Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda
    Jnana Prabodhini, Kirori Mal College, Sherwood College, Boys' High School & College, University of Delhi
    Net worth
    $400 Million
    Humanitarian Work
    Associated with ‘PETA’, ‘UNICEF’ polio eradication campaign
    Padma Vibhushan - 2015
    Filmfare Award for Best Actor - 2010-2006-1992
    Padma Bhushan - 2001
    More Awards
    Padma Shri Awards - 1984
    Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - 1991
    National Film Award for Best Actor - 2010-2007-1991
    Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - 2001-1974-1972
    Stardust Award for Star of the Year - Male - 2010-2006
    Star Guild Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role - 2006
    Stardust Award for Best Actor - 2009
    Zee Cine Award for Best Actor - 2006
    IIFA Award for Best Actor - 2010-2006
    Indian Telly Award for Best Anchor/s - 2012-2005-2002
    Stardust Award for Star of the Century -2013
    Filmfare Superstar of the Millenium Award - 2000
    Filmfare Power Award - 2004
    IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor - 2001
    Filmfare Special Jury Award - 2011
    Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor - 2006-2002
    ITA Achiever Of The Year Award - 2011
    Asian Film Award for Lifetime Achievement - 2010
    Stardust Award for Lifetime Achievement - 2003
    Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement - 2003
    Bollywood Movie Award - Critics Award Male - 2001
    ITA Award for Best Anchor - 2001
    Indian Telly Award for Best Television Personality - 2001
    Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actor - 2006
    Screen Award for Jodi No. 1 - 2003
    ITA Award for Laurel For 'Ultimate Eminence' - 2007
    Stardust Award for Pride of Film Industry - 2011
    ITA Award for Best Anchor - Talk/Chat Show - 2010
    ITA Award for Best Anchor - Game/Quiz Show - 2013-2006-2005
    Bollywood Movie Award - Most Sensational Actor - 2003
    Star Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement - 2010
    Asianet Film Award for Lifetime Achievement - 2011
    Star Guild Award for Special Honour For Films of 2009 - Best Actor - 2011
    BIG Star Complete Entertainer of The Decade - 2010
    BIG Star 92.7 Big FM Hit The Hit Rahenge Award - 2014
    STAR Parivaar Award for Pitamah of STAR Parivaar - 2003
    BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Role - Male - 2013-2011
    Stardust Award for International Icon - 2014
    CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Entertainment - 2011
    Stardust Award for Best Artists of the Millennium - 2001
    Zee Cine Golden Grade Award - 2004
    Stardust Special Award - 2005
    star Guild Award for Cinematic Excellence in Television - 2012
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    Amitabh Bachchan is a famous Indian actor, who started out by starring in Hindi movies, and gradually moved on to act in Malayalam and English movies. With stellar performances in movies like 'Deewar' and 'Zanjeer', he came to be known as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema. He gained so much popularity during his career that famous French director, François Truffaut, named him a "one-man industry". Not only has he acted in serious action movies, but has also essayed a variety of roles, in comedies and dramas.

    By the early 1970s, Bachchan had garnered popularity with audiences as the "angry young man" in a series of successful Hindi feature films. His starring role in Zanjeer was particularly instrumental in launching him to stardom as an action-movie hero. Bachchan's performances in films like Laawaris, Coolie, Naseeb, Silsila, Shaarabi and Jaadugar continued to enamor fans of the tall and handsome action hero, and also landed him multiple Fanfare Awards. From the 1970s through the early '80s, the swashbuckling Bachchan appeared in more than 100 films. He seized opportunities to work with India's most acclaimed directors, such as Prakash Mehra, and dominated the silver screen with films like Trishul, Sholay and Chashme Buddoor. In addition to acting, Bachchan's roles often required him to sing.

    The actor has displayed immense versatility and a glowing example of the same is his portrayal of a spurned lover, in the movie 'Parwana'. Though he did go through struggling times in his career, the talented actor managed to come back with solid performances in more recent times, with several hit films.
    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.

    He shares the honour of having received three 'National Film Awards', with Tamil and Hindi film actor Kamal Hassan, and Malayalam actor Mammootty. The Government of India has conferred upon him awards like the 'Padma Shri', 'Padma Bhushan' and 'Padma Vibhushan', for his exceptional contribution to world cinema.
    Amitabh excelled in all types of scenes be it action, drama, song and dance or comedy and consequently his films began to be a one man variety entertainment show. He won the National Award for his portrayal of an underworld kingpin in Agneepath (1990). In 2001, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian Cinema.

    He is best known for his movies like ‘Sholay’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Agneepath’, 'Kabhie Kabhie', ‘Silsilay’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, ‘Lawaris’, and ‘Satte Pe Satta’. More recently, he has received accolades for films like ‘Black’, Baghban’, ‘Sarkar’, and ‘Paa’

    Childhood & Early Life
    • Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan was born to Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachhan and his wife Teji, on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad, India.
  • Amitabh is the eldest of two brothers, his younger sibling being Ajitabh.
    Mr. Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942 to renowned poet Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan and teji Bachchan, in Allahabad and was their second son. He was originally named “Inquilab” but later was renamed as “Amitabh”. He completed his schooling from “Sherwood College, Nainital” and later pursued his graduation from ‘Kirorimal College, DU’ and has two masters degree to his name.

  • He pursued his primary and secondary education from 'Sherwood College, Nainital'. He graduated from the 'Kirori Mal College', affiliated to the 'University of Delhi', and has two master's degrees.
  • Though their family name was Shrivastav, the young boy’s father used the pseudonym ‘Bachchan’, which was later used by the next generations as their surname.
    In 1969, after being urged by his mother, the young man debuted in Hindi cinema, by lending his baritone voice in famous director Mrinal Sen's project 'Bhuvan Shome'.
  • The movie, starring acting stalwart Utpal Dutt won the prestigious ‘National Award’.
    Bachchan went to Sherwood College boarding school before enrolling in Delhi University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Once he graduated, he became a freight broker in Calcutta. After a few years in Calcutta, Bachchan was ready for a change. He decided to move to Bombay and take a stab at Bollywood show business. By this time, India had been independent for nearly two decades, and Hindi cinema was thriving.

  • The same year, he acted alongside Utpal Dutt, Jalal Agha, Anwar Ali, and Madhu, in the movie 'Saat Hindustani'.
  • In 1971, the talented actor played a supporting role to the more popular Rajesh Khanna, in the movie 'Anand'. His portrayal of a pessimistic doctor was critically well-received, and he went on to act in movies like 'Reshma aur Shera', 'Parwaana', and a cameo in the Jaya Bhaduri starrer 'Guddi'.
  • S. Ramanathan's film 'Bombay to Goa', released in 1972, saw Bachchan acting in a comic role for a change.
  • In 1973, 'Zanjeer', directed by Prakash Mehra was released, where the budding actor played the protagonist's role, as Inspector Vijay Khanna. He was paired opposite Jaya Bhaduri, and was well-supported by Pran.
  • The movie was a big hit and established Amitabh as Bollywood's "angry young man".
  • His portrayal as the friend of Rajesh Khanna's character, in 'Namak Haraam', directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, once again won him many accolades.
  • During the next two years, the brilliant actor starred in box-office hits like 'Majboor', which was a take on the Hollywood movie 'Zig Zag', 'Chupke Chupke', 'Mili', and 'Faraar'. Acting in movies of all genres, he proved to the world of cinema that he had arrived to stay.
  • The year 1975 proved to be an important one in his career, with the release of two cult movies, 'Deewar' and 'Sholay'. 'Deewar' co-starred Shashi Kapoor, Neetu Singh and Nirupa Roy, while 'Sholay' had an ensemble cast including Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Jaya Bachchan. 'Sholay' grossed box-office earnings of INR 2,364,500,000.
  • In 1976, he acted in the Yash Chopra's movie 'Kabhie Kabhie', where for a change he played a romantic character, which falls in love with a woman who eventually marries another man. This love-triangle also starred Rakhee and Shashi Kapoor, both great actors of the time.
  • The following year, his portrayal of Anthony Gonzalvez in 'Amar Akbar Anthony', alongside Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna, sealed the movie's fate as the highest earning movie.
  • A baritone voice, considered to be Bachchan's most important asset, caught the attention of 'Academy Award' winning Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Ray used the former as a narrator for his movie 'Shatranj Ke Khiladi', released in 1977.
  • During the next few years he played lead roles in successful movies including 'Muqaddar Ka Sikandar', 'Trishul', 'Kasme Vaade', and 'Don'. 'Don' and 'Kasme Vaade' saw the exceptional actor playing double roles, where the former had been the biggest hit. He also acted in 'Suhaag', 'Kaala Patthar', 'Mr.
  • Natwarlal', and 'The Great Gambler'.
    Bachchan married movie actress Jaya Bhaduri in 1973. The couple have two children, a daughter and a son. Their daughter, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, is married to industrialist Nikhil Nanda, whose grandfather was the film director Raj Kapoor. Bachchan and Bhaduri’s son, Abhishek Bachchan, is also an actor and is married to actress Aishwarya Rai.

  • During 1980-82, Amitabh delivered impressive performances in films like 'Dostana', 'Silsila', 'Lawaaris', 'Desh Premee', 'Naseeb' and 'Satte Pe Satta'.
  • On July 26, 1982, during the shooting of an action sequence in 'Coolie', Bachchan got badly hurt, and lost a lot of blood after rupturing a spleen in the abdomen. After taking a break, he shot the rest of the film, and it released the following year.
  • 'Coolie' was well-received and became the most popular movie of the same period.
  • In 1983, he started suffering from Myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease, which hampered his work as an actor. During this time, he took a break from acting and dabbled in politics for the next few years.
  • In 1984, the actor ventured into politics, as a supporter of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He won the eighth Lok Sabha elections from the Allahabad constituency, but retired from the political scene three years later.
  • Amitabh returned to movies with the leading role in 'Shahenshah' in 1988. Though the movie was a hit, it was followed by a string of flops like 'Toofan', 'Jaadugar', and 'Main Azaad Hoon'.
  • From 1990-92, he acted in movies like 'Agneepath', 'Khuda Gawah' and 'Hum', but quit acting for a second time thereafter. He became a producer with his company called 'Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd.
  • ' ('ABCL'). The company produced a few box-office failures, including Arshad Warsi and Simran starrer, 'Tere Mere Sapne', and suffered heavy losses.
    He presently resides in his mansion Jalsa situated in Mumbai and his family includes wife Jaya Bachchan, children Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Nanda, their spouses and his grandchildren. This charming star has evolved out of many struggles and is a perfect example of hard work and perseverance. He has personified his name “amitabh” which means “immeasurable splendor”.

  • The period 2000-2005 saw Bachchan's comeback in Bollywood cinema, with blockbusters like 'Mohabbatein', 'Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...', 'Baghban', 'Khakee', 'Bunty Aur Babli', and 'Black'.
  • 'Black' depicted the complex relationship between a deaf-mute-blind girl and her teacher, portrayed by the Amitabh.
  • During the same period, the gifted actor presented a TV show called 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' ('KBC'), which proved to be one of the most-viewed television programmes in India. The show was adapted from the English game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' hosted by TV broadcaster Chris Tarrant.
  • In 2005, he gave the voice-over for 'Academy Award' winning French documentary titled 'March of the Penguins', by Luc Jacquet.
  • The next few years, the exceptional performer acted in movies like 'Sarkar', 'Baabul', 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna', 'Nishabd', 'Cheeni Kum', and 'Shootout at Lokhandwala'. 'Sarkar' was loosely based on Mario Puzo's bestselling novel, 'The Godfather'.
  • In 2007, the celebrated actor was cast in Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh's English movie 'The Last Lear'. The movie, as well as his performance was critically acclaimed at the 'Toronto International Film Festival'.
  • The popular actor was cast alongside Johnny Depp, in Mira Nair's 'Shantaram', due for filming in 2008. The movie however, has not seen the light of the day yet.
  • The same year, he appeared in 'Bhootnath', portraying the role of a ghost.
    Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, India. In 1969, he debuted in Saat Hindustani. His role in 1972's Zanjeer made him an action movie star. In the 1980s, Bachchan held a seat in the Indian Parliament. In the '90s, he started his own production company. He returned to acting in 1997, with Mrityudaata. In 2000, he began hosting the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.

    He was also cast in the sequel to 'Sarkar', titled 'Sarkar Raj', co-starring son Abhishek.
  • The following year, the film star presented 'Bigg Boss', a national television reality show. He also starred in a successful movie, 'Paa', where the 67-year old actor played the role of a 12-year old kid suffering from a rare degenerative disorder called ‘Progeria’.
  • In 2010, he starred in his first Malayalam movie, 'Kandahar', along with famous actor Mohanlal.
  • Three years later, in 2013, he portrayed the character of Meyer Wolfsheim, supporting Toby Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Hollywood movie 'The Great Gatsby'. The next year, he acted in a Hindi TV serial, 'Yudh', essaying the character of a businessman.
  • Throughout his career, this actor has provided voice-over for movies like 'Balika Badhu', 'Lagaan', 'Parineeta', 'Jodhaa Akbar', 'Kahaani', and 'Krrish 3'.
    ‘Sholay’, directed by Ramesh Sippy, where Amitabh played the role of ‘Jai’, became a benchmark of popularity in Hindi cinema. The movie, released in 1975 is loved and watched repeatedly, even by the new generations, mainly for the unconditional friendship between Jai and Veeru.
  • The character of Veeru was portrayed by Dharmendra.
    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.

  • The movie star is also known for his recent role in ‘Paa’, directed by R. Balakrishnan. The actor plays the role of a young school boy, and the movie stars his son Abhishek as his father and Vidya Balan as the mother.
  • The Government of India has felicitated him with prestigious honours like the 'Padma Shri', the 'Padma Bhushan', and the 'Padma Vibhushan'.
  • The actor has received the 'National Film Award' for movies like 'Agneepath', 'Black', and 'Paa'. He has also won Filmfare Awards for several movies including 'Anand', 'Amar Akbar Anthony', 'Aks', and 'Don'.
  • In 2001, he was named the 'Actor of the Century' at Egypt's 'Alexandria International Film Festival'.
  • In 2007, the government of France has awarded him the 'Knight of the Legion of Honour', which is the country's most prestigious title.
  • The famous actor has also received honorary doctorates from esteemed universities like the 'University of Delhi', India, 'Academy of Arts', Egypt, 'Leeds Metropolitan University' and 'De Montfort University', UK, and 'Queensland University of Technology' Australia.
    Personal Life & Legacy
    • In 1973, the “angry young man” of Bollywood got married to Jaya Bhaduri, a famous actress in her own right, who was popular even before her husband shot to fame.
  • The couple have a son, Abhishek, and a daughter Shweta.
    He gave major hits with the then superstars and endowed us with evergreen movies like “Anand”, “Deewar”, “Don”, etc. His sonorous voice and serious acting got him the title “Angry Young Man”. Apart from acting, he also tried his hands in business and politics but could not do well in those fields, owing to which he had a major blow back and his career started to drown. But this man of strong will power did not give up and returned back through the small screen. And since then there is no stopping him.

  • Shweta is married to business magnate Nikhil Nanda, while Abhishek is married to former Miss World and actress Aishwarya Rai. Abhishek and Aishwarya have a daughter, Aradhya.
  • In 2000, Madame Tussaud sculpted Bachchan's wax statue at her museum, making him the first Asian to have the honour. Other regions like New York, Hong Kong and 'Washington D.C. too house his statues.
  • In 2003, the French city, Deauville, presented the Indian celebrity an Honorary Citizenship.
  • This actor is known for his philanthropic activities, including his monetary help of 11 and 30 lakhs to farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra respectively.
  • The UNICEF chose him as the ambassador in their crusade for polio eradication in India, in 2002. Even today, he appears in all their TV campaigns, urging young mothers to vaccinate their infants with the life-saving polio drops.
  • Recently, India was declared a polio-free nation by the 'World Health Organization'.
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  • Recently, in 2013 he established the 'HRB Memorial Trust', named after his father. The actor also advocates the 'Save Our Tigers' movement, and is a regular supporter of 'People for Ethical Treatment of Animals' ('PETA').
  • Net Worth
    • This Bollywood star has an estimated net worth of 400 million dollars.
    • This popular Bollywood actor was initially named ‘Inquilab’ (‘Revolution’), by his poet father, but the name was later changed to what he is known by today.

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