Born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Amitabh Bachchan hails from a Hindu-Sikh family. His father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a well-known Hindi poet, while his mother, Teji Bachchan was a Sikh-Punjabi from Faisalabad.
He completed his education from Uttar Pradesh and moved to Bombay to find work as a film star.
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-to-be Jaya Bhaduri, and since then there has been no looking back.
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 his most recent Khakee (2004), a 60 plus Bachchan is showing no signs of slowing down and proving the critics wrong once again.
In November 2005, Amitabh Bachchan was admitted to Lilavati Hospital’s ICU to undergo surgery for diverticulitis of the small intestine.
Currently he is all set with Prakash Jha’s film Aarakshan which is due for release.
For a better part of his career as a leading man, Amitabh Bachchan could not avoid the unwanted focus that the media trained on his relationships. Of the three lead actresses who figure right at the top of his list of most regular co-stars – Rekha, Parveen Babi and Jaya Bhaduri – his name was romantically linked to two. The Amitabh and Jaya marriage was the culmination of a longish courtship. The rumours of an extra-marital affair swirled around Amitabh until the early 1980s, when Yash Chopra pulled off a major casting coup in Silsila.
His loyalties towards Jaya didn’t bend after his accident on the set of the film Coolie. Their family shares a strong bond now. .
He married Jaya Bhaduri, an actress in her own rights, he has two kids, Shweta and Abhishek. Shweta has been married, lives a non-filmy life and has a child. Abhishek is married to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Awards & Achievements:
Some of the awards won by Amitabh Bachchan Includes:
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Anand (1971)
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Namak Haraam (1973)
Filmfare Best Actor Award for Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Filmfare Best Actor Award for Don (1978)
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (First Recipient 1990)
Filmfare Best Actor Award for Hum (1991)
Filmfare Best Actor Award for Black(2005)
Filmfare Best Actor Award for Paa (2010)
Superstar of the Millennium 2000
National Film Award for Best Newcomer for Saat Hindustani in 1970
National Film Award for Best Actor for Agneepath (1991)
National Film Award for Best Actor for Paa (2010)
Other Awards & Honors:
Padma Shri (1984)
Padma Bhushan (2001)
Actor of the Century (2001)
Honorary Citizenship Deauville (2003)
The Knight of the Legion of Honour (2007)
Honorary Doctorate (Jhansi University, Delhi University, De Montfort University)
Lifetime Achievement Award (Asian Film Award 2010)
Amitabh Bachchan Filmography:
Some of the blockbuster Amitabh Bachchan movies were Zanjeer, Sholay, Deewar, Yaarana, Trishool, Kabhi Kabhi, Amar Akbar Anthony, Don, Muqadar Ka Sikandar, Shehenshah, Coolie, Agneepath, Khuda Gawaah, Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan, Baghban, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Bunty Aur Babli, Black, Sarkar and many more. Other notable Amitabh Bachchan films include Silisila, Kaala Paththar, Cheeni Kam, Anand, Satte Pe Satta, Chupke Chupke, Namak Haraam, Namak Halaal, Majboor, Mili, Naastik, Kasme Vaade, Dostana, Shaan and Laawaris. If you include other Amitabh Bachchan movies, Amitabh Bachchan filmography would cross 50 films mark.
Besides, Amitabh Bachchan films, Amitabh Bachchan profile would include his career as a politician, singer, television presenter, film producer and many more roles in his life. Amitabh Bachchan biography can be extended to:
Politics: 1984-1987 (contested election from Allahabad for Lok Sabha Seat and won by a record margin. His victory margin of 68.2 % is still the highest victory margin in general elections.)
Producer: 1996-1999 (As a producer, A.B.C.L. produced Tere Mere Sapne, which marked the acting career debut for Arshad Warsi and South Star Simran, 1996 Miss World Pageant, Mritydaat)
Television Presenter: 2000-2005 (Hosted game show Kaun Banega Crorepati – Season 1 and Season 2. Also hosted Junior KBC)
Playback Singer: Sang in many Hindi movies like The Great Gambler, Mr. Natwarlal, Laawaris, Naseeb, Silisila, Mahaan, Pukar, Sharaabi, Toofan, Jaadugar, Khuda Gawah, Major Saab, Sooryavansham, Aks, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Aankhen, Armaan, Baghban,Dev, Aitbaar, Baabul, Nishabd, Cheeni Kum, and Bhoothnath.