Amitabh Bachchan Movies & News
Amitabh Bachchan Movies & News

Amitabh Bachchan

  • Actor

Oct 11, 1942

Born on 11th October 1942, Amitabh Harivansh Rai Bachchan is one of the most iconic film stars in the history of Indian cinema. Instantly recognizable courtesy of his unparalleled 'baritone' voice and imposing frame, the superstar is an integral part of Bollywood and Indian television history. Originally from Uttar Pradesh, the actor took the Bollywood industry by storm in the 1970s and early 80s with movies like Anand, Zanjeer, Deewar, and Amar Akbar Anthony. His performances revolutionized the image of protagonists in the industry and Amitabh Bachchan, due to his movie roles, was popularly referred to as the angry young man of India.

Bachchan continues to be one of Bollywood's most prominent figures and even made his Hollywood debut in The Great Gatsby, in 2013.
Did you Know?
- Amitabh Bachchan's first salary was a reported INR 500 and his first Bollywood acting salary was INR 1,000 (for Saat Hindustani).

- Amitabh Bachchan was originally named Inquilab Shrivastava.

- Before he made it to Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan spent several nights on a bench at Marine Drive. He fondly points out to that very bench each time he drives by.

- Legendary film director Satyajit Ray used Amitabh Bachchan's voice in his 1977 film Shatranj Ke Khiladi.

- Amitabh Bachchan plays a character called 'Vijay' in over 20 films.

- Amitabh Bachchan is the master of double roles and has played it more than any other Indian actor, as on 1st January, 2016.

- Several songs and poems in Amitabh Bachchan's movies were written by his father, the late Hindi poet Harivanshrai Bachchan.

- Amitabh Bachchan is a vegetarian. He doesn't drink or smoke.

- Amitabh Bachchan's children Abhishek and Shweta weren't too keen on their father coming to visit them in school as it caused a great deal of chaos.

On the 26th of July, 1982, Amitabh Bachchan was critically injured while shooting for the movie Coolie. During a fight scene with co-star Puneet Issar, the Bollywood hero mistimed his jump onto a table and his abdomen met with the edge of the table. The actor suffered a severe internal abdomen injury and was rushed to the hospital where he was actually declared clinically dead for a couple of minutes. The superstar's condition stabilized but he was, however, critical for the next few months and prayers for him were heard in every corner of the country, and abroad. Almost miraculously, the superstar recovered and continued to shoot for Coolie. In fact, he was originally supposed to die in the movie but director Manmohan Desai decided to re-write the end of the film as it would be unfair and insensitive to kill Bachchan in the movie just months after he nearly died in real life. The film went on to be a mega-hit.




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