Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan is a legendary  Indian film actor, filmmaker, television host, humanitarian, social activist and a politician. He gained popularity as one of the most popular and unique film actors of India.

Amitabh Bachchan was born on 11 October 1942 in Allahabad. His father’s name was  Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He was an Awadhi Hindu of Kayastha caste. He was a poet. His mother, Teeji Bachchan was a social worker. Amitabh Bachchan took his early education in local schools and then went to Sherwood College, Nainital. Later he studied at Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. He found an artistic environment at his home and with the passing of time, he developed his interest in acting and became a film actor. He has a younger brother named Ajitabh. Amitabh Bachchan married Jaya Bhaduri in 1973 and had two children, Shweta and Abhishek Bachchan by her.

He gained popularity in the early 1970s for films such as Zanjeer, Dewar and Sholay and was dubbed India’s “angry youth” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. He has since acted in about 200 films in a career spanning nearly fifty years. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. Apart from the Indian subcontinent, he has huge popularity in South Africa, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Russia and parts of the United States.

Bachchan has won several awards in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and several awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated artist in any major acting category at Filmfare. Apart from acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, filmmaker and television presenter. He has hosted several seasons of the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, a version of India’s game show franchise, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He also entered politics for a time in the 1980s.

For his contribution to the Indian cinema industry, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. The Government of France awarded him its highest civilian honour, Knight of the Legion of Honor, in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema.

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