Amitabh Bachchan is an infamous Indian film actor. He is one of the greatest actors the Bollywood industry has offered in this century, he is nothing less than a living legend with crazy fans and reach all through the country and more. He was born on the 11th of October 1942. At birth, he was named Amitabh Shrivastav and was birthed by the social activist Teji Bachchan and fathered by the famous Indian poet Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He began his cinema career in the year 1969 when he worked as a narrator in the film Bhuvan Shome by Mrinal Sen.
Amitabh Ji is more than just an actor. He is also a film producer, a television host, a playback singer, and was also formerly active as a politician (as a member of Indian National Congress). His current age is 80, there are many other actors in the age group but their praises and memories largely meddle in our parents’ and grandparents’ memories. The fact that the vast majority of a country with a population of 138 crores remembers and respects him this man is because of his active and phenomenal work in the past as well as the present. He is an actor who shaped himself through the years, presenting the world through different perspectives with the characters he played.
Amitabh Bachchan’s Net Worth
Amitabh Bachchan the man who metaphorically runs and owns the industry has a net worth of $455 million. He makes around 400 crores per annum, that is, nearly 30 crores per month. His main source of income being films and brand promotion plus advertisements. He is only second to Shah Rukh Khan who has a net worth of $690 million on the list of the richest Indian actors. He charges about 6-7 crores per movie and receives 30 crores a month for hosting the reality television show named Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Amitabh Bachchan’s Personal Life
Amitabh Ji was to be named Inquilaab Shrivastav until his parents were talked out of it and suggested the name Amitabh Shrivastav by their poet friend Sumitranandan Pant. Even though his surname was supposed to be Shrivastav Harivansh Rai Bachchan Ji chose to use his pen name Bachchan as he was opposing the caste system. He also has a younger brother whom not many people know about, his name is Ajitabh Bachchan, and is 5 years younger than him.
He underwent his secondary education was at Boy’s High School and College in Akkahabad and a college named Sherwood in Nainital. He graduated from Kirori Mai College around the year 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After he finished his studies his father tried and approached Prithviraj Kapoor hoping to find an opening for his son, which was denied.
It Is not like Bachchan Ji is famous because all of his films were a hit, at the age of 30 he was considered a failure for he had 12 flop films. Irrespective of his failures he did not stop acting he thrived through all of his struggles to reach the top. And now he is termed the Shehenshah of Bollywood and is also tagged as Sadi Ka Mahanayak.
In the year 1973 on the 3rd of June Amitabh Bachchan got married to Jaya Bhaduri a Bengali Brahmin belonging film actress who has worked with Amitabh himself in movies like Sholay. He has two children Abhishek Bachchan a film actor himself and the husband of the infamous celebrity Aishwarya Rai, and Shweta Bachchan Nanda who is a columnist author, and a former model.
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Amitabh Bachchan’s Work
Bachchan Ji’s first debut in the film industry was in the year 1969 as a narrator in Mrinal Sen’s film called Bhuvan Shome. His first debut as a film actor was in a movie named Saat Hindustani. His first notable work was the film named Anand which was released in the year 1971. He was 29 during the release of the film Anand and by the time he was 30 he had 12 flop films weighing him down with only two appreciable works, namely, Bombay to Goa and Anand. He has also played as an antagonist and also had experience with dual roles. Amitabh Ji till the movie Zanjeer was somebody who worked in films with the main genre being romance. The first film where his genre was crime changed the course of his career as a whole. The movie Zanjeer got him the tag of the angry young man.
He then on has left a lasting impression with all of his movies. And for the people who are a part of the millennial generation and also the Gen Z batch know him for multiple works like Sholay, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Sooryavansham, Man, Don, Mohabbatein, Deewar, and many more.
He has made his debut in the hearts of the younger generation with movies like Badla, Brahmastra, Jhund, Piku, Gulabo Sitabo, and so much more. He is an everlasting ever so versatile and genuinely talented artist who breaks bars and sets a new trend with every new work of his being released. He has phenomenally set such a high bar for actors that probably nobody in the coming decades would ever be able to break. Irrespective of the linguistic freedom and vast ideologies the country follows every single one knows him for who he is.
He hosted the infamous reality TV program that airs on Colors TV namely, Bigg Boss, and is the current host of another reality TV program named Kaun Banega Crorepati. He has experienced almost everything he possibly wanted to as he worked as a playback singer, a politician (as a member of the Indian National Congress) who was the Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), a film producer, a host, and what not. The fact is that with everything he has tried he did stand out and was appreciated, for he was that good.
He set up the Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL) during his temporary retirement period so as to produce films and events. He was the main sponsor for the 1996 Miss World Beauty Pageant, Banglore where he lost millions. The first movie he acted in after his temporary retirement was also produced by ABCL which turned out to be a dramatic failure financially and critically. The corporation collapsed in 1997.
One of his most exceptional works was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black with his co-actor Rani Mukherj which was termed to be one worthy of an Oscar.
He is an actor who chose to grow even when he was prone to change. He has been in the industry for literally more than 50 years and has been an actor with whom every generation has connected. He is also somebody who donates money for the betterment of people. He has helped thousands of farmers pay off their debt, he funds multiple foundations that support and help in the betterment of women and kids. He is the founder of Harivansh Rai Bachchan Memorial Trust, a trust which in association with the Urja Foundation powers 3,000 houses in India with electricity. He was chosen to be the UNICEF goodwill ambassador for the polio eradication campaign back in 2002. He was also the face of ‘Save Our Tigers’ campaign.
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Amitabh Bachchan’s Awards
Amitabh Bachchan Ji has won 4 National Awards as the Best Actor, he also won a Dadasaheb Phalke Award as a lifetime achievement award, 16 Filmfare Awards, and 11 Screen Awards. He was crowned as the Superstar of the Millennium at the 2000 Filmfare Awards.
He won 3 Padma Awards namely, a Padma Shri in 1984, a Padma Bhushan in 2001, and a Padma Vibhushan in 2015 which are one of the highest civilian honors of India announced annually on the eve of 26th January (Republic Day of India).
He also received awards internationally, namely, he received an Order of Afghanistan by the president of Afghanistan and a Legion of Honour the highest civilian honor from the Government of France. He was awarded with the Alexandria International Film Festival in Egypt as a recognition for his contribution to the cinema world. He received the Medal of Honor of Morocco and it was given to him by King Mohammed at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
He received about 4 Honorary Awards, namely, the Lifetime Achievement Award, Superstar of The Millennium, Power Award, and a Special Award for completing 40 years in the Indian cinema industry.
The number of awards, recognitions, and honors is a lot more than one can account for and even still it is just not enough appreciation for his efforts and for the person he has been and become through the decades. He has been a complete bliss from the very beginning, irrespective of your career choices or perspectives he is somebody who would inspire you with just his known achievements.
Amitabh Bachchan’s Social Media
Amitabh Bachchan Ji is active on social media. You can follow him on Instagram @amitabhbachchan with 31.6 M followers and on Twitter @SrBachchan with 48 M followers. He posts and shares his film posters, brand endorsements, and appreciation.