This week, in Fragrance of Yesteryears
brings to the spotlight a multifaceted television personality - an
actor, an anchor and a producer. This individual is none other than
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
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;
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,
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,
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
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.
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.
BollyCurry thanks this living legend for his contribution to the industry and eagerly awaits to see him back at his best in Bhoothnath Returns, releasing next month!
Writer: Fariha L.
Editors: Khushi P. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Komal P.