Bollywood actor AmitabhBachchan is known for his roles in action movies like Zanjeer, and for hostingthe Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
Amitabh Bachchan wasborn on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, India. In 1969, he debuted in SaatHindustani. His role in 1972's Zanjeer made him an action movie star. In the 1980s,Bachchan held a seat in the Indian Parliament. In the '90s, he started his ownproduction company. He returned to acting in 1997, with Mrityudaata. In 2000, he began hosting the Indian versionof WhoWants to Be a Millionaire?.
Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, best known as Amitabh Bachchan, wasborn in Allahabad, India on October 11, 1942. India was still a British colonyat the time, and would not achieve independence until five years later.Bachchan's father was renowned Hindi poet Dr. Harivansh Rai. His mother, TejiBachchan, was a Sikh socialite. Amitabh Bachchan was his parents' firstborn. Hehas one younger brother, named Ajitabh.
Bachchan went to SherwoodCollege boarding school before enrolling in Delhi University, where he earnedhis Bachelor of Arts degree. Once he graduated, he became a freight broker inCalcutta. After a few years in Calcutta, Bachchan was ready for a change. Hedecided to move to Bombay and take a stab at Bollywood show business. By thistime, India had been independent for nearly two decades, and Hindi cinema wasthriving.
In 1969, Bachchan made his film debut in SaatHindustani. Although the movie tanked at the box office, Bachchanstill managed to capture the attention of directors. Soon enough, the offersstarted rolling in.
By the early 1970s, Bachchan had garnered popularity withaudiences as the "angry young man" in a series of successful Hindifeature films. His starring role in Zanjeer was particularly instrumental inlaunching him to stardom as an action-movie hero. Bachchan's performances infilms like Laawaris, Coolie, Naseeb, Silsila, Shaarabi and Jaadugar continued to enamor fans of the talland handsome action hero, and also landed him multiple Fanfare Awards. From the1970s through the early '80s, the swashbuckling Bachchan appeared in more than100 films. He seized opportunities to work with India's most acclaimeddirectors, such as Prakash Mehra, and dominated the silver screen with filmslike Trishul, Sholay and Chashme Buddoor. Inaddition to acting, Bachchan's roles often required him to sing.
In 1982, Bachchan had a serious accident while filming. Fansprayed for his recovery. Bachchan survived the accident, but it prompted him tochange career paths. In 1984, he traded his Bollywood stardom for a seat in theIndian Parliament. His political aspirations proved to be short-lived; in 1987,he left his seat due to unexpected controversy.
By the 1990s, the limelight surrounding Bachchan had begun tofade. But his decision to start his own entertainment production company,Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited, and make himself CEO, put him back in theheadlines.
Bachchan followed his true calling and returned to the silverscreen in 1997 with the film Mrityudaata, produced byABCL. In 2000, he also started hosting the Indian version of the televisiongame show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.Despite a few box-office failures in the 1990s, in the 2000s, Bachchan climbedhis way back up to stardom as a film actor, earning additional Filmfare andInternational Film Award nominations for his work on films like Baghban (2003), Khakee (2004) and Paa (2009).
Bachchan married movie actress Jaya Bhaduri in 1973. The couplehave two children, a daughter and a son. Their daughter, Shweta Bachchan Nanda,is married to industrialist Nikhil Nanda, whose grandfather was the filmdirector Raj Kapoor. Bachchan and Bhaduri’s son, Abhishek Bachchan, is also anactor and is married to actress Aishwarya Rai.
In addition to being a father and an actor, Amitabh Bachchandevotes his time to charitable causes. In 2003 he was appointed a goodwillambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).