Though he is almost seventy-year-old, Amitabh Bachchan is still considered to be one of the most popular actors in Indian cinema. He is also acknowledged as the legendary actor in Bollywood. To his fans he is also known as Big B.
He was born to Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a well-known Hindi poet, and Teji Bachchan, a social activist. His initial name was Inquilaab which was taken from the famous phrase Inquilab Zindabad. However, his name was changed to Amitabh suggested by poet Sumitranandan Pant. Amitabh means “the light that would never go off”. He was the eldest of Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s two sons.
As a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome, he made his entrance into the Indian cinema in 1969. He made his debut as an actor with the film, Saat Hindustani, directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. He played the role of one of the seven male lead roles in this film. The film was not commercially successful but it helped him to get his first National Film Award for Best Newcomer.
He did not get popularity as an actor until the release of Zanjeer in 1973. With this film, he created an “angry young man” image of Hindi cinema. In his film, he starred opposite his future wife, Jaya Bhaduri. It was a box office hit and brought a big breakthrough in his career.
Some of his blockbuster hit films are- Sholay, Silsila, Chupke Chupke,Abhiman, Natwarlal, Lawaris, Namak Haram etc. During his career, he has won fourteen Filmfare Awards along with four National Film Awards. With 36 nominations overall, he has also become the most nominated performer in any major acting category.
Besides acting, he also made his debut as a playback singer. He was also given the Filmfare Best Male Playback Awards for the film Mr. Natwarlal. He was also film producer and television presenter.
In 2000, he started his career as host with a game show Kaun Banega Crorepat, which is the Hindi version of the British television game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He was also the host of the third season of the reality show Bigg Boss in 2009.
His career was full of ups and downs, but because of his courageous behavior he could come out of all problems and gained huge popularity.
However, this great actor will always be remembered for his unique dancing skill and salient dialog speaking style.