Arguably the biggest actor there ever has been in Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan turns 78 years old today.
The megastar, who has ruled the silver screen for almost five decades, has faced a challenging year with many members of his family testing positive for the novel coronavirus, including himself. Fortunately, everyone recovered in quick time and were back in each other’s company at home
Often referred to as ‘Big B‘ or the ‘Shahenshah of Bollywood’, the 78–year-old has appeared in over 200 Indian films in his career, making him one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian Cinema.
Amitabh Bachchan was born to famous poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan in Allahabad on 11 October, 1942. He is married to actress Jaya Bachchan. The couple is parents to daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda and son Abhishek Bachchan. While Shweta chose to stay away from showbiz, Abhishek followed the footsteps of his parents. He is married to actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
He was the most influential commercial actor in the Indian film industry during the 70s and 80s with French director François Truffaut calling him a “one-man industry”.
In his illustrious career, he has won several accolades like the Dadasahleb Phalke Award, four National Film Awards as Best Actor, and as many as 15 Filmfare Awards.
The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
For his exceptional career in the world of cinema, the Government of France honoured him with its highest civilian honour, Knight of the Legion of Honour, in 2007.
Big B’s influence is not just limited to the silver screen. He has been the face of many brands for several years. On television, he is widely popular as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati for nearly 20 years.
Big B has an interesting line up of films coming up for release and over the years, the legendary actor has starred in several blockbuster movies and has been associated with several projects. He is dedicated to his craft. At 78, too, Amitabh Bachchan motivates his fans and industry colleagues with his work.
1969’s Saat Hindustani was Big B’s debut Hindi film and since then, there has been no looking back for him. He is one of the greatest and most influential actors of Bollywood.
Some of his memorable movies are Deewar, Sholay, Zanjeer, Don, Mard, Coolie, Silsila, Muqaddar ka Sikandar, Agneepath, Sarkar, Kaala Patthar, Laawaris, Black, Paa, Piku and several others.
Amitabh Bachchan was last seen in Gulabo Sitabo and he has Jhund, Brahmastra, Chehre and an untitled film with Prabhas and Deepika Padukone coming up. As of now, the megastar is entertaining his fans on Kaun Banega Crorepati 12.