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Amitabh Bachchan, Indian Actor
Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor and made an era in Bollywood. He gained popularity as the ‘Angry Young Man’. He is the biggest star in the history of the Indian Film Industry.
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 Amitabh Bachchan, Indian ActorAmitabh Bachchan, also known as Amitabh Harivansh Rai Bachchan is arguably the biggest star in the history of the Indian Film Industry, better known as Bollywood. He is the most prominent figure in the history of Indian cinema.

Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film-actor who was named "Superstar of the Millennium" by the BBC. Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942 in the city of Allahabad, India. His father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a well-known poet. The original last name of the family was "Srivastav"; "Bachchan" was in fact a pen name used by his father. However, when Bachchan entered films in the late 1960s, he did so under his father's pen name

Early Life of Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan attended Allahabad's Boys' High School, followed by Nainital's Sherwood College, where he gained a degree in arts. He later went on to Delhi University earning a degree in science. When he was in his twenties, Bachchan gave up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Kolkata, to pursue a career in acting. In 1984, Amitabh Bachchan briefly entered politics in support of long-time family friend Rajiv Gandhi. He contested Allahabad's Parliament seat against H. N. Bahuguna, a well-known politician, and won by a large margin (68.2% of the vote). His political career, however, was short-lived.

Film Career of Amitabh Bachchan
Bachchan's first film, Saat Hindustani - his only black-and-white film - was released in 1969. He did win a Film Fare Award for "Best Supporting Actor" for his work in Anand, but this did not translate into the kind of fame that brought audiences into theatres just to see his face again.

Amitabh Bachchan, Indian ActorTwo 1973 films are said to have launched Bachchan as a star. In Abhimaan, he played a singer who succumbs to jealousy. His real chemistry with Jaya Badhuri brought crowds to the theatres. Also in 1973, director Prakash Mehra cast Bachchan as Inspector Vijay Khanna in the film Zanjeer. He was not even the director's second choice: the role is said to have been offered to Dev Anand, who turned it down because of lack of songs for the main character.

Amitabh's personna as an "angry young man", cemented further by movies like Deewar, Muqaddar Ka Sikander and Shakti. Zanjeer was a great success. After that, Bachchan's name on the marquee could be counted on to pull crowds into the theatres; he had at least one major hit every year for the next decade.

The 1975 film Deewaar was one of his biggest hits. This time the writing team of "Salim-Javed" made him the crook rather than the cop. However, he was a different kind of crook: a tough man who refuses to tolerate disrespect, dedicated to making it despite huge obstacles, but nonetheless a man with a heart, who loves his mother and stands up for the "little people" who are getting a raw deal from a corrupt establishment. In the same year he also starred in one of Bollywood's biggest hits Sholay which also had Amjad Khan appear opposite him for the first time. Khan went on to play his nemesis in many more films.

Amitabh Bachchan, Indian ActorIn addition to being an "angry young man", he also becomes known for his comedy roles. One of his most popular characters was the genial, street-smart Anthony from the 1978 Amar Akbar Anthony. Yash Chopra collaborated with him on many films such as Kabhie Kabhie, and Silsila which showed that he could also convince in romantic roles too. Bachchan appeared in many other great films during the 70s and 80s, often filming them concurrently, as is still Bollywood practice.

During the late 1980s, after his brief stint in politics, Bachchan's films became less and less successful. In 1990 he regained some success with his power-packed performance in Agneepath and the following year he starred in Hum which was a huge hit.

His films such as Major Saab, Sooryavansham, and Laal Baadhshah are worthy to notice.

In 2005, he appeared in the film Black, in which he played the teacher of a deaf and blind woman played by Rani Mukherjee went on to be a massive hit. And more importantly re-affirmed his tremendous acting ability.

Amitabh Bachchan, Indian ActorIn the same year he co-starred with his son Abhishek in the films Bunty Aur Babli and Sarkar both of which were hits at the box office. He is once again appeared with Abhishek in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna which released in 2006.

He showed his tremendous acting ability in the film Paa in 2009. In the recent years he has done beautiful job in the films like Rann, Teen Patti, Kandahar, Department, Bbuddah... Hoga Tera Baap and in Aarakshan.

Bachchan gained huge popularity hosting 'Kaun Banega Crorepati?' a quiz show in the year 2000. The show was a hit. Currently he is hosting the show for Sony TV.

Amitabh Bachchan is also set to appear in a remake of his own 1975 blockbuster Sholay and will play the role of Gabbar Singh, a role that was made famous by Amjad Khan in the original

Bachchan is known for his deep, baritone voice. He has been a narrator, a playback singer and presenter for numerous programmes.

Filmography of Amitabh Bachchan
Movie Names
1969 Saat Hindustani
1969 Bhuvan Shome
1970 Bombay Talkie
1971 Parwana
1971 Anand
1971 Reshma Aur Shera
1971 Pyar Ki Kahani
1971 Sanjog
1972 Bansi Birju
1972 Ek Nazar
1972 Raaste Kaa Patthar
1972 Bombay to Goa
1973 Bandhe Haath
1973 Zanjeer
1973 Gehri Chaal
1973 Abhimaan
1973 Saudagar
1973 Namak
1974 Kasauti
1974 Benaam
1974 Roti Kapda Aur Makaan
1974 Majboor
1975 Chupke Chupke
1975 Faraar
1975 Mili
1975 Deewaar
1975 Zameer
1975 Sholay
1976 Do Anjaane
1976 Kabhie Kabhie
1976 Hera Pheri
1977 Alaap
1977 Amar Akbar Anthony
1977 Adalat
1977 Immaan Dharam
1977 Khoon Pasina
1977 Parvarish
1978 Besharam
1978 Ganga Ki Saugandh
1978 Kasme Vaade
1978 Trishul
1978 Don
1978 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
1979 The Great Gambler
1979 Jurmana
1979 Manzil
1979 Mr. Natwarlal
1979 Kaala Patthar
1979 Suhaag
1980 Do Aur Do Paanch
1980 Dostana
1980 Ram Balram
1980 Shaan
1981 Naseeb
1981 Barsaat Ki Ek Raat
1981 Lawaaris
1981 Silsila
1981 Yaraana
1981 Kaalia
1982 Satte Pe Satta
1982 Bemisal
1982 Desh Premee
1982 Namak Halaal
1982 Khud-Daar
1982 Shakti
1983 Nastik
1983 Mahaan
1983 Pukar
1983 Coolie
1984 Inquilaab
1984 Sharaabi
1985 Geraftaar
1985 Mard
1986 Aakhree Raasta
1988 Shahenshah
1988 Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati
1989 Toofan
1989 Jaadugar
1989 Main Azaad Hoon
1990 Agneepath
1990 Aaj Ka Arjun
1991 Hum
1991 Ajooba
1991 Indrajeet
1991 Akayla
1992 Khuda Gawah
1994 Insaniyat
1997 Mrityudaata
1998 Major Saab
1998 Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
1999 Lal Baadshah
1999 Sooryavansham
1999 Hindustan Ki Kasam
1999 Kohram
2000 Mohabbatein
2001 Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love
2001 Aks
2001 Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...
2002 Aankhen
2002 Hum Kisise Kum Nahin
2002 Kaante
2003 Armaan
2003 Boom
2003 Baghban
2004 Khakee
2004 Aetbaar
2004 Dev
2004 Lakshya
2004 Deewaar
2004 Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...
2004 Hum Kaun Hai?
2004 Veer-Zaara
2004 Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo
2005 Black
2005 Waqt: The Race Against Time
2005 Bunty Aur Babli
2005 Paheli
2005 Sarkar
2005 Viruddh...Family Comes First
2005 Dil Jo Bhi Kahey
2005 Ek Ajnabee
2006 Family - Ties of Blood
2006 Darna Zaroori Hai
2006 Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
2006 Baabul
2007 Eklavya: The Royal Guard
2007 Nishabd
2007 Cheeni Kum
2007 Shootout at Lokhandwala
2007 Aag
2008 Bhoothnath
2008 Sarkar Raj
2008 The Last Lear
2008 God Tussi Great Ho
2008 Yaar Meri Zindagi
2009 Aladin
2009 Paa
2010 Rann
2010 Teen Patti
2010 Kandahar
2011 Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap
2011 Aarakshan
2012 Department
2013 The Great Gatsby
2013 Satyagraha
2013 Mahabharat 3D Film
2014 Bhoothnath Returns
2015 Shamitabh
2015 Piku

Personal Life of Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bhaduri (now Bachchan). The couple have two children: daughter Shweta and son Abhishek. Abhishek Bachchan has also entered the Bollywood film industry and is married to Aishwarya Rai. Amitabh has two grandchildren: Navya Naveli and Agastya Nanda.

(Last Updated on : 10/10/2015)
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