Amitabh Bachchan, most famously known by the names ‘Shahenshah’, ‘Angry Young Man’ and ‘Big B’ in Bollywood was born to a Hindu father and a very famous poet – Harivansh Rai Bachchan and a Sikh mother – Teji Bachchan on 11th October 1942 in Allahabad. He completed his graduation from the University of Delhi’s Kirori Mal College.
Amitabh made his debut in the year 1969 as a voice narrator in the movie ‘Bhuvan Shome’. He made his debut as an actor in the film ‘Saat Hindustani’ in the year 1969 and the first Filmfare award for Supporting Actor for the movie ‘Anand’ and then there was no looking back. He went on to act in famous movies such as ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Namak Haraam’ in the year 1973 and ‘Chupke-Chupke’, ‘Faraar’, ‘Deewar’, and ‘Sholay’ in the year 1975 and this era was the transition of Stardom to Superstardom.
During the shooting of movie Coolie in the year 1983, Amitabh met with a life-threatening accident and after a long recovery he came back to films but as his injuries made him quite weak, hence he took a sabbatical from the film industry.
In the year 1992, Amitabh started his own production company ABCL (Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited’, however, the company went bankrupt because of its continuous losses and failures. However, in 2000s Amitabh Bachchan bounced back with the launch of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, he regained his lost stardom when he started to host the show and also worked in some of the box-office hits including ‘Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham’ in 2001, ‘Baghban’ in 2003, ‘Black’ in 2005, and ‘Paa’ in 2009. He once again re-established his acting career.
Till date, he has acted in over 195 movies in a span of five decades and won 4 National Awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, and the received the prestigious ’Padma Shri’ award in the year 1984, Padma Bhushan in the year 2001 and also the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in the year 2015 for his outstanding contribution on the field of Arts.
In 2007, he was awarded the highest civilian honor ‘Knight of the Legion’ by the Government of France for his outstanding achievements in the world of cinema.