Amitabh Bachchan is a well-known Indian actor, playback singer, and TV host who is recognized as the ‘Shahenshah’ of the Bollywood film industry since the 1970s. He faced lots of challenges during his acting career from physical to financial which broke him deeply, but due to his hard work and determination, he now has become a Bollywood megastar. His role in Zanjeer, Deewaar, and Sholay made him an action movie star. Amitabh Bachchan also held a seat in the Indian Parliament in the 1980s. Beyond the Indian subcontinent, Amitabh Bachchan also has a large overseas following in markets including the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Russia, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and parts of the United States.
Amitabh was born in a Kayastha Hindu family on 11 October 1942 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. His real name is Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava. He was born to a Hindu father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and Sikh mother, Teji Bachchan. Shyama is his step-mother. Initially, Amitabh was named Inquilaab, inspired by an Urdu phrase Inquilab Zindabad but his father changed his name to Amitabh on the suggestion given by his father’s fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant. His surname was Shrivastava, but his father replaced it with the pen name Bachchan. He has a younger brother Ajitabh Bachchan.
Amitabh had a short fling with some Indian actresses Parveen Babi, Rekha, and Jaya Bhaduri. On 3 June 1973, he got married to Jaya Bhaduri, and the couple has a daughter Shweta Bachchan and a son Abhishek Bachchan, who is also an actor.
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Amitabh Bachchan completed his schooling from Jnana Pramodhini, Boys High School, Allahabad, and graduation (B.Sc.) from Kirori Mal College, New Delhi, India. Initially, he wanted to become an engineer and was keen to join the Indian Air Force. During his college days, he was a good athlete and won the 100, 200, and 400-meter races. At the Sherwood in Nainital, he also won a Boxing Championship. After completing his studies, he started working with Shaw Wallace. He later started working as a freight broker for the shipping firm Bird and Co.
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.’ Later, he made his first break as an actor in the Bollywood film Saat Hindustani in which he played the role of Anwar Ali.
Amitabh Bachchan Net Worth
As per several reports, Amitabh Bachchan’s net worth is estimated to be somewhere around Rs 3714 crore. ($455 Million) Amitabh Bachchan’s net worth is apprehensive of his innumerable brand endorsements. Amitabh, known to portray commendable characters on-screen, is touted to be one of the highest-paid stars in Bollywood today. The 81 years-old is actively a part of many films, projects, and shows even today.[table id=2052 /]
- His name appeared in the Bofors scandal in which he was later declared not guilty.
- He was indicted for submitting false documents to prove that he is a farmer.
- Stardust imposed a 15-years ban on him during his peak acting years. According to his blog, he brought the idea of a National Emergency and a ban on Media. So, media took that otherwise and banned Amitabh Bachchan: means no interviews, no mention or pictures, etc.
- In 1996, he had to face a legal battle for organizing the Miss World competition inappropriately.
- In 2007, a Faizabad court ruled that Amitabh Bachchan was anything but a farmer – a secret most of India would have guessed but one that has landed the superstar in trouble over two messy land deals. According to the court, the actor had got himself certified a farmer by forgery; so that he could hold on to a 24-acre plot he had bought near Lonavla in Pune in the mid-1990s. Since Maharashtra laws allow only a farmer to buy agricultural land, the actor showed the Pune district authorities a certificate from the then Barabanki district magistrate, Ramashankar Sahu, saying Amitabh was a farmer because he owned farmland in the district. The court ruled that the 1993 Barabanki land transfer in Amitabh’s name was illegal.
In 1971, he played a supporting role in Rajesh Khanna starer ‘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 starer ‘Guddi.’ S. Ramanathan’s film ‘Bombay to Goa,’ which released in 1972, Bachchan played 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’ 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.
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 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 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 former 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-starer ‘Tere Mere Sapne.’ Subsequently, the company suffered heavy losses.
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.
In 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 has 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.
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 Badhu,’ ‘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.’
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Facts About Amitabh Bachchan
- Does Amitabh Bachchan drink alcohol?: No (quit drinking in the early 1980s)
- Does he smoke?: No (quit smoking in the early 1980s)
- His mother, Teji Bachchan, was a Sikh and hailed from Lyallpur (now, in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan).
- In 1983, his left hand was burnt during Diwali.
- Amitabh, known for his Baritone voice, was once rejected by All India Radio.
- Before the success of ‘Zanjeer,’ he was a part of 12 consecutive flop films.
- Amitabh shared a close bond with the late actor Mehmood Ali who used to call him Danger Diabolic.
- Reportedly, he was paid Rs. 1 lakh for his role as Jai in the iconic Indian film- Sholay (1975).
- In 2017, during one of the episodes of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC), he spoke about his tryst with Hepatitis B. He said that he had lost 75% of his liver due to late diagnosis of the disease, which he contracted through a blood transfusion after the Coolie accident. He also said that he was infected with Tuberculosis (TB) on the set of KBC in 2000. However, after proper treatment, he is now free from Tuberculosis (TB). Amitabh was also appointed the UNICEF ambassador of the hepatitis B awareness campaign.
- After the box-office failure of his film- Insaniyat (1994), he didn’t appear in any film for 5 years.
- In June 2000, he became the First living Asian whose statue was modeled at London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
- He can write evenly well with both of his hands.
- In 2017, All Bengal Amitabh Bachchan Fans’ Association unveiled the life-size statue of Mr. Bachchan in Tiljala, a neighborhood of South Kolkata. Crafted by Subrata Bose, the statue has given Bachchan’s ‘Sarkar’ avatar.
- In April 2020, he shared a throwback picture on his social media account, reminiscing his first photo-shoot for a film magazine – ‘Star & Style.
- On 11 July 2020, he was tested positive for COVID-19 and had been admitted to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai. The actor announced the news on his Twitter handle.
Their love story began on the sets of film Do Anjaane (1976) when Amitabh was a married man. During the initial days of their secret relationship, the couple used to meet in a bungalow that belonged to Rekha’s friend. Nobody knew about this affair between already married Amitabh and Rekha. Everything was a smooth sail until an incident happened. During the shoots of Ganga Ki Saugandh (1978), Big B reportedly lost his temper on a co-actor who was misbehaving with Rekha. After this, their affair came into the limelight and grabbed the media attention. The two denied the affair, but it is loud and clear that the two were dating each other. In one of the interviews, Silsila director, Yash Chopra confirmed their relationship. After this incident, Jaya Bachchan invited Rekha home for dinner and told her candidly that she would never leave her husband whatever may happen. And likewise, Jaya kept her promise until the very end. Rekha finally realized that she either wants to be Mrs. Bachchan or stay single.
Amitji earned huge respect for his humbleness. When his co-stars or others from the film industry (or even commoners in his show KBC), try to touch his feet, he immediately picks them up and hugs them. No more actor of his age is as determined as he is. He put all his energy into his movie. I sometimes think that ho he managed to gain such energy. He never give up, at a moment, rejection became a part of his life but, his ability to stand and fight became an example for others to follow because now, Sir Amitabh Bachchan is a leader.
Both are superstars of different eras. Amitabh Bachchan was the biggest superstar of Bollywood in the era 1973–1992 and Shah Rukh Khan is the biggest superstar of the era 1993–2017. So comparing them on their superstardom and popularity would be wrong as both belong to different time-lines. Hence the only point of comparison between Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan lies in their acting. And in terms of acting, Amitabh Bachchan is better than Shah Rukh Khan, hands down.
As an actor, his best performance came in the movie Sharaabi and then comes Agneepath and Baghbaan. By watching only these 3 movies you can see the versatility of this actor and how easily he gets into the character.
No, Of-course not. He has been acting very well in movies. Some of the examples are Aarakshan, Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap, Department(Even though this movie was not a hit but his acting was good) and also Bol Bachchan.