Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, India. He was first named "Inquilaab", meaning revolution, inspired by the phrased "long live revolution" during the Indian independence days. Later on, his father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, changed his name to Amitabh, which means "the light that never dies". Bachchan lost his father in 2003, and his mother in 2007.
Bachchan's debut on the big screen was as a voice narrator in the 1969 film Bhuvan Shome. The same year, he made his appearance on the screen in Khwaja Ahmad Abbas' Saat Hindustani. The film that became his rise to stardom was the 1973 Zanjeer; it also gave him the title of Bollywood's "angry young man". It was for this film that Bachchan was nominated in the Filmfare Best Actor category for the first time. That same year, Bachchan married Jaya Bahaduri, and starred alongside her in Abhimaan, which was a box office hit. Next followed Namak Haraam. For this film, Bachchan won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award.
After these hits, Bachchan's success only escalated with films such as Sholay, Deewar, and Coolie. In 1982, he took a break from acting and entered politics for a short term of three years. In 1996, Bachchan started his own production company, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (A.B.C.L.). The first film under this production company was Tere Mere Sapne, which was a box office failure. Subsequent other films under the production banner failed to do well at the box office too.
In the year 2000, Bachchan returned to the big screen as the strict professor of Gurukul in Yash Chopra's Mohabbatein. He continued to perform patriarchal roles in Ek Rishta: The Bond of Love (2001), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Baghban (2003).
This legendary actor has also worked magic on television as the anchor for the popular reality quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), which started in 2000 and its second season followed in 2005. Bachchan recently hosted its sixth season in September, 2012.
Bachchan is currently the proud grandfather of Aaradhya Bachchan, daughter of actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Did you know?
- Amitabh Bachchan was awarded as the Superstar of the Millennium at the Filmfare Awards in 2000.
- In June 2000, Bachchan became the first living Asian to have been modeled at the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London.
- He's the winner of over 14 Filmfare awards and has been nominated for over 30 awards.