Bollywood is far more than a film industry in India that produces numerous films each year. Movies, just like cricket, are a religion in India, and actors and actresses are among the most admired, idolized, and respected persons in the country. This article will discuss the biography of one of the most well-known Bollywood actors, who has performed many critical roles since his youth and is still engaged in television shows and film productions at the age of more than 60. We’ll strive to learn all there is to know about him, including his early life, career, net worth, etc.

Who Is Amitabh Bachchan?

Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian actor, filmmaker, television personality, and former politician who rose to prominence in the 1980s. He is well recognized for his roles in Hindi or Bollywood films. He is regarded as the “Angry young man” of Hindi cinema due to his standout performances in films like Deewaar and Zanjeer. He has not just been in action films but also in comedy and dramas. During his career, the actor has demonstrated his flexibility. Despite several setbacks in his career, this dynamic actor was able to rebound with stellar performances in several successful films.

He has earned four National Film Awards, the highest accolade given to an Indian actor. He has received various honors from the Indian government, including the ‘Padma Bhushan, ‘Padma Shri,’ and ‘Padma Vibhushan,’ for his outstanding contributions in the development of the film industry. Amar Akbar Anthony, Sholay, Agneepath, Silsila, Lawaaris, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, and Satte Pe Satta are among his most well-known films. He has also won awards for many movies like Baghban, Black, Paa, and Sarkar.

Early Life

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amitabh-bachchan early life

Bollywood’s ultimate ‘Shehenshah’, Amitabh Bachchan, is a well-known Indian and global celebrity. On 11th October 1942, he was born in Allahabad, India, to Teji and Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He attended Jnana Prabodhini and Boys’ High School in Allahabad before enrolling in Sherwood College in Nainital, specializing in the arts stream. He then acquired a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Delhi’s Kirori Mal College.

Bachchan had been working in Calcutta for more than two years when he made the decision to leave. He decided to go to Bombay and pursue a career in the film industry. At that time, the Indian film industry was also growing, and young, skilled actors were in demand.

Career

amitabh bachchan Career
amitabh bachchan Career

Amitabh Bachchan made his acting debut in the movie Saat Hindustani, which was lucky for him. He felt overjoyed as he had succeeded in drawing the attention of directors, and then after, the film offers started flowing in. Bachchan went to stardom after acting in the film Zanjeer.

Amitabh Bachchan acted in almost 100 films between the 1970s and the 1980s and worked with some of India’s most recognized filmmakers, including Prakesh Mehra. His great career as a gorgeous actor continued with films such as Naseeb, Jadugar, Coolie No 1, Sooryavansham, Sholay, Sharabi, and Laawaris.

 

He participates actively in addressing social issues. Another reason for his success is that he hosts a tv show called ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati,’ which is the Indian edition of the television series ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?.’ Shahenshah of Bollywood, Angry Young Man, Star of the Millennium, and Big B are some of his other nicknames.

Amitabh Bachchan Marriage

Amitabh Bachchan Marriage
Amitabh Bachchan Marriage

Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri tied the knot with each other on 3rd June 1973. They have two children, Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan. However, Amitabh Bachchan’s name was associated with three well-known Bollywood heroines before his marriage. The late actress Parveen Babi and Amitabh Bachchan’s connection focused on several speculations. Also, it is well known to most that Amitabh collaborated with Parveen Babi on several blockbuster films, including Loving Akbar Anthony and Namak Halal. Apart from that, Amitabh’s name was also linked to the famous actress Zeenat Aman, even though Amitabh refused to recognize any connection with her.

The list still does not end here. It is also said that Amitabh had also been linked to Rekha, Bollywood movie’s most attractive and well-known actress, with rumors that both had married, that also got lots of controversies, but the fact is that they never officially acknowledged their relationship. Even his wife, Jaya Bachchan, refused to work with Rekha due to the rumors. Later with time, everything settled, but also, it can’t be ignored that Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan were an extremely well-liked unmarried couple in Bollywood. Amitabh and his wife Jaya Bachchan are now extremely happy despite ups and downs.

Amitabh as a Film Director

Amitabh Bachchan has worked as an actor as well as a filmmaker in the film industry. Big B established the Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited.

He directed the movie Tere Mere Sapne in 1996; however, it was not a hit movie and was a flop on the big screen. Despite this, he did not lose up and went on to direct numerous other movies.

Amitabh as a singer

Amitabh Bachchan was once turned down for a job in radio because his voice was deemed too thick. His voice, on the other hand, has remained his identifier throughout the years. He has sung many songs and has been in several films. “Rang Barse Bhige Chunar Wali,” a well-known song that he has sung, is still a famous song played on the occasion of Holi.

Brand Ambassador

Brand Ambassador
Brand Ambassador

As he is recognized as a top Bollywood superstar, every corporation intends to make him the face of their brand so that their brand comes in highlight. Thus, Amitabh Bachchan has been a brand ambassador for Maruti Suzuki car, Tanishq Jewellers, Cadbury, Navratna Oil, Kalyan Jewelers, ICICI Bank, and many other companies. He also gives out free promotions for Pulse Polio and Gujarat Tourism.

Political Career

Political Career
Political Career

Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. During this period, Rajiv Gandhi persuaded Amitabh Bachchan to leave the film industry and embrace politics.

When Bachchan first began campaigning, the excitement among his fans drew a growing crowd. Simultaneously, the Election Commission performed an unbiased role, ordering Doordarshan not to broadcast Amitabh Bachchan’s films during the Election Code of Conduct.

Despite the prohibition, Bachchan won the elections at that time, beating Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, a former Congress member and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister who joined the Bharatiya Lok Dal.

Considering the terrible demise following the Bofors scandal, Amitabh Bachchan left politics after hitting a height in his career, and that is when he ultimately went back down with Stardust’s MD, Nari Hira, and clarified the matter, bringing an end to the fifteen-year movie restriction.

Despite the fact that Amitabh had lost his “hero” image in Bollywood, he continued to succeed again with blockbusters such as Hum, Agneepath, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, and Mohabbatein, His roles in these movies were not as substantial as in the 1970s when he was the sole furious young guy.

Controversies

  1. The film Zanjeer, released in 1973, pushed Amitabh to unprecedented levels of fame. It is alleged that fame got to Amitabh’s head once he became famous, and he began acting rudely with other performers and people, treating them as small-class citizens in his presence. Many performers from that time frame, including Kader Khan, talked about it.
  2. Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan had numerous blockbusters together, including Naseeb, Kala Patthar, Shaan, and Dostana, but their friendship was explosive rather than strong. Amitabh tried to embarrass Shatrughan Sinha multiple times. According to Shatrughan Sinha’s autobiography and numerous interviews, he claimed that Amitabh didn’t want to watch Big Stars with him. Thus, he discarded Shatrughan Sinha from several projects.
  3. Amitabh Bachchan was known for his stunning co-star Rekha. Even though Big B was married to Jaya Bhaduri, their bond with the family became stronger. Jaya eventually intervened and talked directly to Rekha and told Amitabh that they should never work together again or have any connection. His marriage was only saved due to her decision.
  4. Because of his connections with the Gandhi family during his political career, Amitabh Bachchan’s name was also drawn into the Bofors scandal. The actor had gone to court for his alleged involvement in the scandal, and during the trial, he was given dispensation, and his name was cleared.
  5. Amitabh Bachchan faced criticism for sending Kumar Vishwas a legal notice. He was unhappy when Vishwas copied Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poetry and posted it on YouTube in his speech. Kumar then responded by sending Amitabh Rs 32 that he got through YouTube for that post.
  6. Former Miss India Sayali Bhagat had accused Amitabh Bachchan of sexual assault on social media, mentioning several stars. The actor filed a complaint, and it was later claimed on Sayali’s behalf claiming her account was hacked, and she had not made the post.

Achievements

Throughout his career, Amitabh Bachchan has received various honors. He has received 16 Filmfare Awards and has been the most acclaimed performer in any major acting genre, with 42 nominations altogether. He has also received 11 Screen Awards. In his career, Amitabh has won several honors, including four National Film Awards for Best Actor, the Dada Sahib Phalke Award for Lifetime Achievement, and various accolades from international film festivals and award events.