Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942. His father, Harvansh Rai Bachchan was a well known poet, while his mother, Teji Bachchan, is a home maker.
No words are enough to describe this legendary actor whose career spans over four decades. He was the most popular actor during his younger days and was always considered bankable enough to give hits. Amitabh introduced the angry young man persona into Bollywood.
Amitabh made his debut in Bollywood with a black and white film called Saat Hindustani, where he plays a Muslim poet who volunteers to free Goa from the Portuguese rule. In 1970 Amitabh won the Best Supporting Actor Award for his role as a doctor in the film Anand. However, true success came to Amitabh in 1973 with the film Abhimaan followed by Zanjeer. The 1975 film about cops and robbers, Zanjeer, established Amitabh as the undisputed star of Bollywood. He went on to have number of hits thereafter.
Besides acting in action films, Amitabh has successfully carried out comedy roles in films like Chupke Chupke and Amar Akbar Anthony. He has acted in romantic films like Kabhie Kabhie and Silsila.
During the making of Coolie in 1982, Amitabh was seriously injured and spent months in the hospital recuperating.
In 1984, Amitabh entered politics to support his friend Rajiv Gandhi. He became a Member of Parliament. However, his political career was short-lived and he resigned after three years without completing his term. Amitabh returned to acting in the late 80s however most of his fared very badly and flopped. Some of these films were produced by his production company ABCL. This put him in deep debts and financial problems. He made his come back in 1998 when he acted in Bade Miyan Chote Miyan opposite Govinda and in 2002 in Mohabbtein opposite Shahrukh Khan and both these films were major success.
Amitabh went on to host the India version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? It was called Kaun Banega Crorepati? This show was a huge success and suddenly Amitabh Bachchan who labeled as a flop was back with a big bang.
In 2005, Amitabh won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his role in Black opposite Rani Mukerji. The same year he acted with his son, Abhishek, for the first time in Bunty Aur Babli and Sarkar. Both these films were major box office successes.
Amitabh has been felicitated internationally and has won many awards both in India and abroad. He was named the Superstar of the Millennium by an BBC online poll where he beat Hollywood legends like Marlon Brando and Charlie Chaplin. Amitabh Bachchan in the UNICEF good will ambassador and has been awarded the highest French civilian award by the Government of France.