Amitabh Bachchan


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Amitabh Bachchan, beloved Bollywood actor, producer, singer and television host, was born on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad. Amitabh’s father was a Hindi poet and his mother was a Punjabi Sikh who encouraged his acting career.  He made his acting debut in the 1969 film ‘Saat Hindustani’.  In 1971, Amitabh won a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award for ‘Anand’.  Amitabh became a star doing the first of his ‘angry young man’ roles in ‘Zanjeer’ (1973). In 1975, he starred in Yash Chopra ‘Deewaar’ and ‘Sholay’, both of which show up on “Best of Bollywood” lists. ‘Sholay’ holding the record as the highest grossing film for many years. In 1977, Amitabh won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, a comedy about  three children who get separated and are raised as a Muslim, a Christian, and a Hindu. Other highly successful films during this time period were: ‘Don’ (1978), ‘Trishul’ and ‘Mr. Natwarlal’ (1979), ‘Kaala Patthar’ (1979), ‘Silsila’ (1981), and ‘Coolie’ (1983). In 1990, Amitabh won a National Film Award for Best Actor for ‘Agneepath’.  He was semi-retired from acting in during the 1990’s and started his own entertainment company called ABCL. The company never did well and eventually went bankrupt.  Returning to acting, he starred in ‘Mohabbatein’ (2000) with SRK, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001), ‘Black” (2005), winning his second National Film Award for Best Actor, ‘Sarkar’ (2005), ‘Paa’ (2009) his third National Film Award for Best Actor. This year, Amitabh starred with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan in the highly praised domestic comedy ‘Piku’.  Over the course of his career, he has appeared in 180+ films, winning many awards and honors. Amitabh has been married to actress Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan since 1973 and his son, Abhishek Bachchan is also an actor.


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