Amitabh Bachchan is an
Indian actor born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, India.
The eldest son of Harivanshrai Bachchan, a well known contemporary poet, and Teji
Bachchan, he was brought up in the rich tradition of the arts. He did his schooling at
Sherwood College in Nainital and went on to Delhi University to earn an arts degree.
His first film was called Saat Hindusthani and he has since made over a hundred films in a
career that included such box office successes as Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay and Amar Akbar
Anthony. Amitabh Bachchan is most famous for introducing into Hindi cinema, the character
of the "angry young man" in stark contrast to the more romantic characters being
played by his contemporaries.
Amitabh Bachchan retired from the film industry to briefly enter politics by winning a
seat in parliament from his hometown of Allahabad. However, his political career was short
Amitabh returned to Bollywood by founding his own production company called Amitabh
Bachchan Corporation Limited which produced several films such as Mani Ratnam's Bombay and
Shekar Kapoor's Bandit Queen. The company burst into the limelight in 1996 when it was
responsible for bringing to India, the Miss World Pageant but was then mired with
controversy when the company was not able to pay its dues.
In 1997 at the age of 55, Amitabh Bachchan made his comeback to cinema with the film
Mrityudata. In in a BBC Online Poll, Amitabh Bachchan was named the Superstar of the
Millennium ahead of the likes of Alec Guinness and Marlon Brando. In June, 2000 he became
the first living Asian to have a wax statue erected in his honour at Madame Tussaud's.
In the same year, Amitabh Bachchan once again re-entered Indian popular culture by
anchoring the hugely popular quiz program Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Amitabh Bachchan married Jaya Badhuri, a film star in her own right and they have two
children, Abhishek and Shweta. Abhishek Bachchan has already followed his father's
footsteps having starred in such movies as Refugee, Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa, Dhai Askar Prem
Ke, Hain Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, Om Jai Jagdish, Mein Prem Ki Diwani Hoo, Kuch Na Kaho,
Zameen, and L.O.C.
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