Actor of the millennium, the famous “angry young man”, a living legend of Indian cinema – this is how Amitabh Bachchan is called all over the world. In the last ten years, they love to compare him with wine – the strength of the spirit and the quality of his work is increasing every day. What is the key to his success not only in his homeland but also far beyond the “banks of the Ganges”?
|DOB||11 October 1942|
|Age||79 Years ( in 2021 )|
|Birth Place||Allahabad, United Provinces, British India (now, Uttar Pradesh, India)|
|Education||Bachelor of Science|
|Net worth ( $ )||$ 400 million|
|Net worth ( ₹ )||₹ 2800 Crores|
At the time when Amitji was born (as fans from all over the world respectfully call him), there was still a division into castes in India. Bachchan was born in one of the higher castes – in a family of writers and politicians (date of birth October 11, 1942). The father of the Harivansh family, Rai Srivastav, was a famous poet, publicist and translator. Teiji Suri’s mother is a public figure, for some time she was a confidant of Indira Gandhi.
Harivansh and his family lived in the city of Allahabad, where Amitabh and his younger brother Ajitabh were born. The father used the pseudonym given to him by his mother – Bachchan (which means “bull”), and this later became a family tradition.
Apparently, Amitabh Bachchan received his character and the makings of an impeccable upbringing in the family, and not in Sherwood College. And if his mother gave him an example of perseverance and impeccable manners, then from his father the boy inherited his famous “angry” – Harivansh was a famous fighter for equality and freedom.
After college, Amitabh continued his education at the Nainital boarding school and graduated from Kilori Mal College in Delhi.
The boy dreamed of acting in films since childhood. True, after graduating from college, I tried to find a job for some time, tired of employers in interviews with my modesty. In the end, the young man decided to heed the dictates of his heart and left for Bombay to knock the thresholds of film studios.
At first, no one wanted to take him seriously. He was not satisfied with his height and weight, too dark skin, irregular eyebrow arches … The set of claims to the appearance was so extensive that Amitabh’s acting data did not interest anyone. I liked Bachchan’s low soulful baritone, and the young man was hired to work on the radio, and later he was entrusted with the voice acting of films.
And only in 1969, Amitabhu got a lucky ticket – approval for filming in the film “Seven Indians”. The director of the film, Khoja Ahmad Abbas, was looking for a fragile and tall guy who was not known to the general public for the leading role. And despite the fact that all the producers rejected the applicant’s photo, the director himself was happy with the find. This motion picture was a good start for Amitabh – commercial fees were very meager, but Bachchan received his first award as Best Young Actor. The second work in the film “Anand” also did not bring success, but the artist gained one more award – “Best Supporting Actor”.
A real resounding success and the title of “angry young man” accompanying Amitabh Bachchan to this day, came to him after the release of the film “Lingering Reckoning”, filmed in 1973. It was this work that became a turning point not only in the life of Bachchan but in the entire film industry in India as a whole. The decline of the century of Rajesh Khanna began, which by that time had become almost uncontrollable. And the dawn of the era of Bachchan began – the era of punctuality, the artist’s responsibility to the public, justice, and kindness. The image of the hero of the savior, the lonely sufferer, seeking justice has replaced the image of an intellectual who has been bored by the public, who has been broken by life’s troubles. The producers and directors supported Amitabh. In addition to melodramas, detective stories, action films, and thrillers have begun to appear more and more frequently in the Indian film industry.
Turning point in life
Amitabh Bachchan became so loved by the audience and popular at home and far beyond its borders that he became practically a national hero. Unsurprisingly, the trauma that nearly cost Amitabh his life was seen as a nationwide tragedy. On the set of The Porter (1982), in a fight scene, the actor hit the edge of the table hard and damaged his internal organs. Doctors fought for his life for a long time, Amitji survived several operations and spent three weeks in a coma. Crowds of fans besieged the hospital, and the state of the beloved artist was announced on central television in the news. Having come to his senses, this is what Amitabh Bachchan learned in the first place, whose biography experienced a sharp turn.
Despite the fact that the actor’s filmography at that time numbered about two hundred works, and films with his participation were shown with great success in all countries of the civilized world, Amitabh took a break from his career, distracted by politics. Supporting his longtime friend Rajiv Gandhi, he ran for election as an MP from his hometown of Allahabad and won by a huge margin. Later, this victory turned into great losses – Rajiv was killed, and a case was opened against Amitabh Bachchan, in which he, however, was later acquitted. But the seizure of property and a tarnished reputation led the actor to a period of financial shortage. He was helped by his friend Amar Singh and as a gratitude our hero joined Singh’s party “Samajvati Party”.
In 1994, the most famous Indian actor announced his retirement from the cinema and went into business in partnership with his younger brother. However, he did not last long, and already in 1997 his film “Our Dreams with You” (“We”) was released. From that moment on, Amit-ji no longer leaves the screens, embodying image after image, becoming more and more interesting and deeper in his acting. In one of the interviews, he admitted that he does not see his life without a shooting environment and is ready to play any role, even in the crowd scene, while he lives and breathes.
Friend and support
Cinematography has always occupied the main place in his life. When his career was just beginning, there was only one Amitabh Bachchan. Personal life appeared immediately after the breakthrough. Starting from the first meeting on the set of the movie “Lingering Reckoning”, Jaya Bhaduri has forever taken the place of Amitabh’s life comrade-in-arms. The marriage of the young took place in June 1973, and the next year the couple had a beautiful daughter, Shweta. Two years later, Jaya gave her husband a son, Abishek Bachchan. For the sake of her husband’s career, Jaya Bhaduri gave up active filming and returned to the set when their children became completely independent.
Amitabh Bachchan himself deeply respects his wife and never misses an opportunity to thank her for her loyalty and loyalty, for her strong rear and strong worldly wisdom. She survived all the ups and downs of her husband, stayed by his side during his tumultuous romance with Rekha, tirelessly was on duty at the hospital bed during coma and during the recovery period.
The famous couple are now reaping the bountiful rewards of their physical and emotional work. Son Abhishek followed in the footsteps of his parents and successfully starred in films. He is married to the beautiful Miss World 1994, actress Aishwarya Rai . In 2011, the couple had a daughter, Aaradhia. Shweta is also married, her husband is from the family of Raj Kapoor, a successful businessman. Shveta is a housewife, like her mother, and has two daughters.