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Amitabh Bachchan: A Profile

Amitabh Bachchan is the older of the two sons born to Teji Bachchan and Harivansh Rai Bachchan , the acclaimed Hindi poet. He was born In Allahabad. He was educated at Sherwood College, a boarding school in Nainital, from where he moved to Delhi University for his Arts degree. His first film `Saat Hindustani’ sank without a trace. He was introduced to Success by `Zanjeer’, and he was instantly accepted (and adored) in the role of the `Angry Young Man’ -- an image that became his calling card. `Deewar ‘ followed and further reinforced it. He became the hero who filled people’s hearts with hope. In his films, he fought the corrupt system and the power brokers – a situation that appealed to the youth of the early-seventies; frustrated with unemployment status and the poor quality of life. Amitabh emerged as a different kind of an action hero, as a Messiah, a Superhero, who seemed like an answer to all people’s problems. Analysing this actor’s impact on society would probably need a thesis by itself.

Amitabh Bachchan has appeared in over 130 films, many of them, particularly those from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, were huge hits. He married Jaya Bhaduri, herself an accomplished actresses, at the peak of her career.

Due to his enormous popularity, not to mention the close association with the Gandhi, family, he was elected to parliament with a huge majority from his home city of Allahabad. But his stint in politics came to an abrupt end when he was embroiled in some political scandals. He gave up his seat in parliament, swearing off politics forever. His name was later cleared from the controversy.

He took a sabbatical from films for a few years. In this period, the actor grew a beard, flaunted his grey hair and floated his company ABCL. The exercise caused him more pain than gain. After five years, he announced his return to the 36mm but the magic had faded. He was no longer the `Angry Young Man’ As an actor, he cannot be faulted, yet `Suryavansham’, `Bade Miyan Chotte Miyan’, `Lal Badshah’, `Mrityudand’, `Major Saab’ each one of them crashed at the BO.

Recently, Amitabh took on a new role, as a host of the television show `Kaun Banega Crorepati’ and created history once again. He is back where he belonged. In people’s hearts. In their homes of people four times of week, charming them in that deep baritone of his. The Big B on the Small screen. Magic, all over again.

Real Name - Amitabh Bachchan

Date of Birth - 11 October 1942

Place of Birth - Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Star Sign - Libra

Occupation - Model, Actor

Father - Harivansh Rai

Mother - Teji

Married to - Jaya Bachchan, an accomplished actress in her own right.

Children - (2) Shweta and Abhishek

Fan Mail : Pratiksha, 10th Rd, J.V.P.D. Scheme, Mumbai 400049.


Waxing of the Reigning Superstar




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