Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Deewar and Zanjeer, and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. He has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades.
He is married to fellow actor Jaya Bachchan (nee Bhaduri). The couple has two children, Sweta (married in the industrialist Nanda family) and Abhishek who is married to beauty queen-turned-actor Aishwarya Rai.
Being friends with Rajiv Gandhi, got him to decide to run for seat in the Congress from his hometown but had to leave midterm because of controversies, particularly after Rajiv and he were implicated in the now infamous “Bofors” case along with the U.K. based Hinduja Brothers.
In 1969, Bachchan made his film debut in Saat Hindustani. Although the movie tanked at the box office, Bachchan still managed to capture the attention of directors. Soon enough, the offers started rolling in.
Bachchan bolsters his earnings as the longstanding host of India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” (“Kaun Banega Crorepati”), which aired its eighth season in 2014.
Currently, he is one of the most busiest actors and singers in Bollywood as well as on TV, as can be seen from the commercials that he appears on. Looks like there are no limits for this super-star and once the “Angry Young Man” of Bollywood.
Awards won: Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour from the Government of India. 3 National Film Awards For Best Actor; 1 National Film Award For Best Newcomer. 5 Filmfare Best Actor Awards; 3 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Awards; 2 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance; Filmfare Superstar of the Millennium
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