Amitabh Bachchan Biography


Birthday: October 11, 1942 (Libra)

Born In: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India

Amitabh Bachchan is a famous Indian actor, film producer, TV host, and former politician. He is best known for appearing in Hindi movies or Bollywood. With stellar performances in movies like ‘Deewaar’ and 'Zanjeer,' he came to be known as the ‘angry young man’ of Hindi cinema. He gained so much popularity at the peak of his career that famous French director François Truffaut called him a ‘one-man industry.’ Not only has he acted in action movies, but has also essayed a variety of roles in comedies and dramas. The actor has showcased versatility throughout his career. An example of his versatility is his portrayal of a spurned lover in the movie 'Parwana.' Though he went through struggling times in his career, the talented actor managed to bounce back with solid performances in several hit films. He has the honor of having received four 'National Film Awards,' the highest by an Indian actor. The government of India has conferred upon him several awards like the 'Padma Shri,' 'Padma Bhushan,' and 'Padma Vibhushan' for his exceptional contribution to Indian cinema. He is best known for his movies like ‘Sholay,’ ‘Amar Akbar Anthony,’ ‘Agneepath,’ 'Kabhi Kabhie,' ‘Silsila,’ ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar,’ ‘Lawaaris,’ and ‘Satte Pe Satta.’ He has also received accolades for films, such as ‘Black,’ ‘Baghban,’ ‘Sarkar,’ and ‘Paa.’

Quick Facts

Indian Celebrities Born In October

Nick Name: Big B, Angry Young Man

Also Known As: Inquilaab Shrivastava

Age: 81 Years, 81 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jaya Bachchan (m. 1973)

father: Harivanshrai Bachchan

mother: Teji Bachchan

siblings: Ajitabh Bachchan

children: Abhishek Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda

Born Country: India

Humanitarian Actors

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

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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

  • 1

    What was Amitabh Bachchan's first major film role?

    Amitabh Bachchan's first major film role was in the movie "Zanjeer" released in 1973, where he played the character of Inspector Vijay Khanna.
  • 2

    Has Amitabh Bachchan ever worked in Hollywood films?

    Yes, Amitabh Bachchan has worked in Hollywood films such as "The Great Gatsby" (2013) where he played the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.
  • 3

    What is Amitabh Bachchan's favorite genre of films to work in?

    Amitabh Bachchan has often expressed his love for working in intense and dramatic roles, making him a versatile actor in the industry.
  • 4

    Has Amitabh Bachchan ever been involved in any charitable work or social causes?

    Yes, Amitabh Bachchan has been actively involved in various charitable works and social causes, including campaigns for polio eradication and promoting education for underprivileged children.
  • 5

    How does Amitabh Bachchan maintain his fitness and health at his age?

    Amitabh Bachchan follows a disciplined routine that includes regular exercise, yoga, and a balanced diet to maintain his fitness and health even at his age.
Childhood & Early Life

Amitabh Bachchan was born Inquilaab Srivastava, on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad, United Provinces, British India, to Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. Amitabh has a younger brother named Ajitabh.

He pursued his primary and secondary education at ‘Sherwood College,’ Nainital. He graduated from 'Kirori Mal College,' which is affiliated with the 'University of Delhi.' Amitabh holds two master's degrees.

Though Amitabh’s surname was Shrivastava, Harivansh’s pen name ‘Bachchan’ became the surname of his immediate family.

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In 1969, after being urged by his mother, Amitabh debuted in Hindi cinema as a voice narrator in director Mrinal Sen's project 'Bhuvan Shome.' The movie, starring famous actor 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, he played a supporting role in Rajesh Khanna-starrer 'Anand.' His portrayal of a pessimistic doctor was critically acclaimed. He went on to act in movies like ‘Reshma Aur Shera’ and ‘Parwana.’ He also played a cameo in Jaya Bhaduri-starrer ‘Guddi.’

S. Ramanathan's film 'Bombay to Goa,' which was released in 1972, saw Bachchan playing a comic role.

In 1973, the action crime film 'Zanjeer,' directed by Prakash Mehra, was released. In the movie, he played ‘Inspector Vijay Khanna,’ the protagonist's role. 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 of ‘Vikram’ in 'Namak Haraam,' which was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, won him many accolades.

During the next two years, the brilliant actor starred in box-office hits like 'Majboor,' which was inspired by the Hollywood movie 'Zig Zag.' He also did movies like 'Chupke Chupke,' 'Mili,' and 'Faraar.' By acting in movies of different genres, he established himself in the Indian film industry.

The year 1975 proved to be an important one in his career as two of his cult movies, namely ‘Deewaar’ and 'Sholay' were released that year. ‘Deewaar’ co-starred Shashi Kapoor, Neetu Singh, and Nirupa Roy, while 'Sholay' had an ensemble cast of Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, and Jaya Bachchan. 'Sholay' was a huge box office success and earned INR 350 million.

In 1976, he acted in Yash Chopra's movie 'Kabhi Kabhie,' where he played a romantic role. In the movie, his character falls in love with a woman who eventually marries another man. This love triangle also starred Rakhee and Shashi Kapoor, both popular actors at the time.

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The following year, his portrayal of ‘Anthony Gonsalves’ in 'Amar Akbar Anthony,' alongside Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna, was appreciated by many. 'Amar Akbar Anthony' became one of the highest-grossing movies.

Bachchan's voice, which is considered to be his most important asset, caught the attention of the popular Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Ray cast him as a narrator in his movie 'Shatranj Ke Khilari,' which was 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 him playing double roles. 'Don' went on to become one of the most successful movies in his career. 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, while filming an action sequence for '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, which was released the following year. 'Coolie' was well-received by the audience and became one of the most popular movies at the time.

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.

In 1984, the actor ventured into politics and supported the then-Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. He won the eighth ‘Lok Sabha’ elections from the Allahabad constituency but retired from politics three years later.

Amitabh returned to movies with the leading role in 'Shahenshah' in 1988. The movie was a hit. However, he followed it up with a string of box-office duds, such as 'Toofan,' 'Jaadugar,' and 'Main Azaad Hoon.'

From 1990 to 1992, he acted in movies like 'Agneepath,' 'Khuda Gawah,' and 'Hum.' Thereafter, he once again took a break from acting. He became a producer by launching his company, 'Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd' (ABCL). The company produced a few box-office failures, including Arshad Warsi and Simran-starrer 'Tere Mere Sapne.' Subsequently, the company suffered heavy losses.

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The period between 2000 and 2005 saw Bachchan's comeback as an actor as he played prominent roles in blockbuster movies 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 Amitabh.

During the same period, the gifted actor presented a TV show called 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC), which became one of the most-viewed television shows in India. The show was adapted from the English game show 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,' hosted by TV broadcaster Chris Tarrant.

In 2005, he lent his voice to the Academy Award-winning French documentary 'March of the Penguins,' which was directed by Luc Jacquet.

The next few years, he 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 director Rituparno Ghosh's English language movie 'The Last Lear.' The movie and his performance were critically acclaimed at the 'Toronto International Film Festival.'

The popular actor was cast alongside Johnny Depp in Mira Nair's 'Shantaram.' However, the movie has not seen the light of day yet. In 2008, he appeared in 'Bhoothnath,' portraying the role of a ghost. He was also cast in 'Sarkar Raj,' a sequel to 'Sarkar.'

The following year, he presented 'Bigg Boss,' a national television reality show. He also starred in a successful movie titled 'Paa,' where he 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,' alongside famous actor Mohanlal.

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In 2013, he portrayed the character of ‘Meyer Wolfsheim’ in the Hollywood movie 'The Great Gatsby' where he appeared alongside Toby Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. The next year, he acted in a Hindi TV series titled 'Yudh,' essaying the character of a businessman.

Throughout his career, this actor has lent his voice to movies like 'Balika Vadhu,' 'Lagaan,' 'Parineeta,' 'Jodhaa Akbar,' 'Kahaani,' and 'Krrish 3.'

In 2018, he was cast to play an important role in a film titled ‘Jhund.’ The following year, he was cast to play ‘Amrish Malhotra’ in a family comedy-drama film titled ‘Gulabo Sitabo.’

In 2018, he portrayed ‘Khudabaksh Azaad’ in the period action-adventure film ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. The film was largely panned by critics with criticism mostly drawn towards the screenplay and direction. That same year, he also played the role of ‘Dattatray Vakharia’ in the Umesh Shukla-directed comedy-drama film ‘102 Not Out.’ The film received mixed reviews from critics and holds a 54% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

He next starred in films like ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ (2019), ‘Badla’ (2019), ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ (2019), ‘AB Aani CD’ (2020), ‘Ghoomketu’ (2020), ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ (2020), and ‘Chehre’ (2021). In 2022, he appeared in multiple films including ‘Jhund,’ ‘Runway 34,’ ‘Fakt Mahilao Maate,’ ‘Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva,’ ‘Goodbye,’ and ‘Uunchai.’ He is all set to appear in the upcoming Indian Hindi-language sci-fi action thriller film ‘Ganapath - Part 1.’

Major Works

‘Sholay,’ where Amitabh played the role of ‘Jai,’ became one of the most popular movies in Hindi cinema. The movie, which was released in 1975, is loved and watched even today, for its portrayal of an unconditional friendship between ‘Jai’ and ‘Veeru.’ The character of ‘Veeru’ was played by Dharmendra.

Amitabh is also known for his role in ‘Paa,’ which was directed by R. Balakrishnan. In the movie, where the actor plays the role of a young boy, his real-life son Abhishek plays his father.

Awards & Achievements

The government of India has felicitated him with prestigious honors, such as the 'Padma Shri,' 'Padma Bhushan,' and 'Padma Vibhushan.'

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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.'

In 2007, the government of France presented 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, the 'Academy of Arts,' Egypt, 'Leeds Metropolitan University' and 'De Montfort University,' UK, and the 'Queensland University of Technology,' Australia.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1973, Amitabh Bachchan got married to Jaya Bhaduri, a famous actor in her own right. In fact, she was popular even before Amitabh started hogging the limelight. The couple has a son, Abhishek, and a daughter, Shweta.

Shweta is married to a business magnate named Nikhil Nanda, while Abhishek is married to former Miss World and actor Aishwarya Rai. Abhishek and Aishwarya have a daughter named Aradhya.

In 2000, ‘Madame Tussauds’ sculpted Bachchan's wax statue, making him the first Asian to have the honor. Other regions like New York, Hong Kong, and Washington D.C. also house his statues.

In 2003, the French city of Deauville presented him with honorary citizenship.

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This actor is known for his philanthropic activities, including his monetary help of 11 and 30 lakh rupees to farmers in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra respectively.

In 2002, ‘UNICEF’ chose him as the ambassador for its campaign of educating the people of India about polio eradication. Even today, he appears in all their TV campaigns, urging young mothers to vaccinate their infants. In 2014, India was declared a polio-free nation by the 'World Health Organization.'

Meanwhile, in 2013, he established the 'HRB Memorial Trust,' named after his father. The actor also supports the 'Save Our Tigers' campaign and is an ardent supporter of 'People for Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA).

Facts About Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan is known for his distinctive baritone voice, which has been described as one of the most recognizable voices in India.

He is an avid collector of pens and has a vast collection of pens from around the world.

Amitabh Bachchan is a polyglot and is fluent in several languages, including Hindi, English, Bengali, and Marathi.
Despite his larger-than-life image on screen, he is known to be a humble and down-to-earth person in real life, often showing kindness and generosity towards others.
Bachchan is a passionate blogger and has been actively blogging for over a decade, sharing his thoughts, experiences, and insights with his fans and followers.

Amitabh Bachchan Movies

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. Zanjeer (1973)

  (Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action)

9. Kaala Patthar (1979)

  (Drama, Action, History, Thriller)

10. Kabhie Kabhie (1976)

  (Drama, Family, Romance)

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