Amitabh Bachchan Biography

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.

Amitabh Bachchan
Quick Facts

Nick Name: Big B

Birthday: October 11, 1942

Nationality: Indian

Famous: Quotes By Amitabh Bachchan Humanitarian

Age: 77 Years, 77 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Inquilaab Shrivastava

Born in: Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (present-day Uttar Pradesh, India)

Famous as: Film actor

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan

father: Harivanshrai Bachchan

mother: Teji Bachchan

siblings: Ajitabh Bachchan

children: Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda

City: Allahabad, India

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education: Jnana Prabodhini, Kirori Mal College, Sherwood College, Boys' High School & College, University of Delhi

Humanitarian Work: Associated with ‘PETA’, ‘UNICEF’ polio eradication campaign

awards: Padma Vibhushan - 2015
Filmfare Award for Best Actor - 2010-2006-1992
Padma Bhushan - 2001

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. 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. 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. 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’

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Amitabh Bachchan
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.
  • 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.
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  • 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’.
  • 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.
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  • 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'.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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. 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.
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  • Throughout his career, this actor has provided voice-over for movies like 'Balika Badhu', 'Lagaan', 'Parineeta', 'Jodhaa Akbar', 'Kahaani', and 'Krrish 3'.
Major Works
  • ‘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.
  • 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.
Awards & Achievements
  • 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'.
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  • 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.
  • 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'.
  • 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.

1. Anand (1971)


2. Deewaar (1975)

  (Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action)

3. Sholay (1975)

  (Musical, Comedy, Adventure, Action, Thriller, Drama)

4. Don (1978)

  (Crime, Action, Thriller)

5. Chupke Chupke (1975)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)

6. Abhimaan (1973)

  (Drama, Musical)

7. Trishul (1978)

  (Action, Romance, Drama, Musical)

8. Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

  (Drama, Family, Romance)

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