Amitabh Bachchan


Artist Birtday : 11/10/1942 (Age 81)
Born In : Allahabad
Occupation(s) : Actor, Producer, Singer, Television Presenter
Web Site : Official blog

Amitabh Bacchan is a well-known Hindi-language actor, producer, host, occasional playback singer, and former politician from India. He is regarded as one of the most important actors in Indian film history. He dominated the Indian film business from the 1970s to the 1980s, earning the French director François Truffaut the moniker “one-man industry.”

Bachchan was born in Allahabad in 1942 to social activist Teji Bachchan and Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He received his education at Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi, and Sherwood College, Nainital. As a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s movie Bhuvan Shome, he launched his film career in 1969. He first became well-known in the early 1970s for performances in movies like Zanjeer, Deewaar, and Sholay, earning the moniker “angry young man of India” for his portrayals in Hindi movies. In allusion to his 1988 film Shahenshah, he is referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Sadi ka Mahanayak (Hindi for “Greatest Actor of the Century”), Star of the Millennium, or Big B. Since then, he has made appearances in more than 200 Indian movies throughout his career.

With 42 total nominations, he is the performer with the most in any significant acting category at Filmfare and has won sixteen Filmfare Awards. Bachchan has worked as a playback vocalist, film producer, and television host in addition to acting. He has hosted multiple seasons of the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. He briefly entered politics in the 1980s as well.

In recognition of his contributions to the arts, the Indian government awarded him the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. His extraordinary career in film and beyond earned him the highest civilian honour bestowed by the French government, the Knight of the Legion of Honor, in 2007. Additionally, Bachchan appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 Hollywood production The Great Gatsby as Meyer Wolfsheim, a non-Indian Jewish character.

He developed a sizable South Asian diaspora fan base outside of the Indian subcontinent in countries like Africa (South Africa, Eastern Africa, and Mauritius), the Middle East (especially the UAE and Egypt), the United Kingdom, Russia, the Caribbean (Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago), Oceania (Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand), Canada, and the United States.