Amitabh Bachchan is not just a name, but an Era. An Era that never seems to be Ending and we never want it to be.
- Name – Amitabh Harivansh Rai Bachchan
- Father’s Name – Harivansh Rai Bachchan
- Mother’s Name – Teji Bachchan
- Born on – 11th October 1942 in Uttar Pradesh
- Commonly Known as – Angry Youngman, Big-B, Sehenshaah, Star of the Millenium
- Blockbusters – Zanjeer, Sholay, Mohabbatein, Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gum, Baghban, Coolie, Agneepath and many more.
- Awards – National Awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Shri(1984), Padma Bhushan(2001) and Padma Vibhushan(2015).
About Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan – the name that resides in the hearts of millions of people. The name that is constant from more than five decades and the name that gave Indian Cinema new heights.
The trademark deep baritone voice, the tall, brooding persona, and intense eyes, made Amitabh Bachchan the ideal “Angry Young Man” of Indian Cinema. His performances revolutionized the image of protagonists in the industry.
Originally named Inquilab Shrivastava, Amitabh Bachchan was born in British-ruled India. His name was later changed to Amitabh and he adopted his father`s pen name “Bachchan” as his surname. Five years later, he was blessed with a younger brother, Ajitabh.
Amitabh Bachchan attended the Sherwood College in Nainital. Followed it up with a bachelor`s of arts degree from the Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. After working as a freight broker in Calcutta where he worked for the shipping firm Shaw and Wallace. The ambitious young man decided to move to Bombay and take a shot at the booming Bollywood industry.
During his early days in the industry, Amitabh Bachchan struggled when he came to Bombay and even spent a few nights on a bench at Marine Drive. The lanky, dark, and intensely brooding persona did not go down well with directors who were looking for wise-cracking, fair person – the trademark of the Indian hero in the 1960s. He considered “too dark” to play a protagonist in Bollywood by many.
Starting with the low key Saat Hindustani, Bachchan struggled through many roles and was relegated at times to doing voice-overs and in one instance playing a deaf-mute. The public first took notice of the 6`1″ actor when he played a doctor alongside Rajesh Khanna in the movie Anand and bagged a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Amitabh Bachchan set the industry on fire with his lead role in Prakash Mehra`s 1971 hit film Zanjeer. His stunning performance as an angry inspector was in stark contrast to the prevalent romantic heroes that dominated the protagonists` roles in Bollywood. He earned the title “the angry young man of India” and his rise to the top was well underway.
The actor went on to star in numerous successful movies across various genres and earned awards for several of them. In 1975, the superstar featured in two blockbusters, widely considered to be two of the greatest films in the history of Indian cinema- Deewar and Sholay.
Amitabh Bachchan went on to become the most dominant actor in the Indian movie scene during the 1970s–1980s and was dubbed the Superstar, sharing that title with Rajesh Khanna, from 1975 until the mid 1980s. After that, the whole world has witnessed what Amitabh has achieved.
He never stopped, never looked back and continued to become the Star of the Millenium. Even at the age of 75+, Amitabh Bachchan is a greater icon than he was at the height of his popularity.
Great People has great sayings. Let’s inspire ourselves with great thoughts and quotes of our most beloved Superstar.