Amitabh Bachchan: The Shehenshah of Bollywood
The Big B as he is called by his fans and followers, Amitabh Bachchan is an Indian film actor who rose to prominence in the early 70’s. A daunting voice, tall and dark persona, talkative eyes, and an acting flair made him one of the best actors to grace the Bollywood fraternity. Such was his ability to bring characters to a reality that one of the French directors called Bollywood a one-man industry. Working in over 200 films in a career spread across 4 and a half decades, Amitabh Bachchan has engraved his name in one of the most celebrities in the world.
Amitabh Bachchan Age, Height, and Other Numbers
The tall dark guy who started his Bollywood career from a scratch reigned the industry with his angry young man stature. Here’s a complete trump card that will acquaint you with all his physical attributes in details.
Age: 74 years (as of 1st April 2017)
Height: 6 feet 2 inches, 188 centimeters
Weight: 80kg, 176 pounds
Chest: 42 inches
Biceps: 13 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Hair Color: Grey and Black with the growing age
Eye Color: Black
Amitabh Bachchan Biography
Amitabh Bachchan Childhood & Early Life
Amitabh Bachchan was born in Allahabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh on 11th October 1942. He completed his pre-university education from the Sherwood College in Nainital. He completed his degree studies from the Kiroi Mal College which is affiliated with the Delhi University. Later, he moved to Bombay to persuade a career in the Bollywood. His mother, a theater actress, played an influential role in getting Amitabh to look at acting as a career option. And the rest is history.
Amitabh Bachchan Family
The veteran actor was born to the Famous Poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. Teji Bachchan was a keen actress of her time but ignored a role in a Bollywood film to look after homely duties. Amitabh was named Inquilab, getting inspired from the slogan of freedom fighters, Inqilab Zindabad. But was changed to Amitabh after Sumitranandan Pant who was also a poet suggested that name to Harivansh Rai. Their ancestral surname was Srivastava which was later changed to Bachchan as a pen name for Harivansh Rai’s writings. The family later adopted the pen name as their last name and the legacy has continued ever since.
Amitabh is the eldest child in the family with a younger brother, Ajitabh on the back. The veteran’s father died in 2003, and his mother passed away in 2007. He is married to his fellow co-star in many films Jaya Bhaduri and has two children, Shweta Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan. Shweta is married to the businessman Nikhil Nanda, while Abhishek got married to the actress, Aishwarya Rai.
To the Bollywood’s Biggest Throne
Bachchan stepped into the Bollywood realm in 1969 as a voice narrator for the film Bhuvan Shome. The film directed by Mrinal Sen won a national award. Amitabh Bachchan’s first movie as an actor was Saat Hindustani where the actor played the role of one of seven protagonists. The prolific actor cemented his place in the industry with a solid performance in Anand alongside Rajesh Khanna. The film garnered him with his First Filmfare award for his performance in the supporting role. Soon after Big B featured in several films including Guddi, Bawarchi, Parwana, and Bombay To Goa but the films couldn’t meet the expected success.
Beyond The Epitome Of Success
The decade from 1973-1983 witnessed a star in the making. Film after film, Bachchan endured his dominance in the film industry. Zanjeer brought him the much-needed recognition. Amitabh’s role in the film outclassed every other character people had seen on the screen till date. Zanjeer was just the beginning, though. The prolific actor started to prove his prominence with every release. He acted in several movies that garnered him a river full of recognitions and rewards. Movies like Trishul, Sholay, Kaala Patthar, Mr. Natwarlal, Kabhie Kabhie, Shakti, Lawaris, Shaan, Dostana, and Silsila all turned out be commercial hits of their time. Also, Amit Ji played several double roles in the period acting in movies like Desh Premi and Satte Pe Satta. Amitabh dancing in the red Coolie dress still gives a reminiscent of the past.
Such was his aura that he made a big room in people’s heart. He ruled the entire industry single-handedly. People were crazy about the Angry Young Man who had succeeded in crossing all the boundaries of superiority.
Big B enjoyed a successful stint in the Bollywood amidst several obstacles. He got into voluntary retirements a couple of times but came back stronger to star in the successful films. He has been a box office sensation throughout his career, and with age, he has only grown as an actor. Amitabh Bachchan has featured in several films in his falling age, yet proves his prominence in the role. Here’s a complete list of super-hit films of Amitabh Bachchan that you cannot miss on.
Amitabh Bachchan Superhit Movies
- Zanjeer (1973)
- Dewaar (1973)
- Sholay (1975)
- Agneepath (1990)
- Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
- Baghban (2013)
- Anand (1971)
- Paa (2009)
- Satte Pe Satta (1982)
- Coolie (1983)
- Shahenshah (1988)
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
- Black (2005)
- Sooryavansham (1999)
- Namak Haraam (1973)
- Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
The list goes on and on and on. Amitabh proved his mettle in each of 200+ movies he has acted in. Some didn’t go well with the audience, but many films made a special place in the heart of the audiences. With so many unforgettable performances, Amitabh also dazzled into some legendary songs. Chumma Chumma still gets the masses grooving even after 2 decades since its inception. This is one such legendary song, but Amitabh Bachchan was a part of many such iconic songs that reign the hearts of Bollywood fanatics. Here’s a list of few iconic songs from the biggest superstar of the last three decades.
Amitabh Bachchan Superhit Songs
- Yeh Kaha Aa Gaye Hum, Silsila (1981)
- Apni Toh Jaise Taise, Laawaris (1981)
- Rang Barse, Silsila (1981)
- Khaike Paan Benaras Wala, Don (1977)
- Oh Saathi Re, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
- Jooma Chumma De De, Hum (1981)
- Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shaayar Hu, Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
- Mach Gaya Shor Saari Nagri Mein, Khud-dar(1982)
- Pag Ghungroo Baaje, Namak Halaal (1982)
- Kabhie Kabhie, Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
- Ae Dosti Hum Nahi Chodege, Sholay (1975)
- Tere Jaise Yaar Kaha, Yaarana (1981)
- Jahan Teri Ye Nazar Hain, Kaaliya (1981)
Apart from a string of successful movies and songs, Amitabh performed brilliantly at many stage shows and TV commercials. But to attain the level of accomplishment, Amitabh underwent many stages of hardships. Yet every time, till date, he has foreseen his ship sail to the right shore. The hurdles have made him think twice about appearing on the big screen, but nothing seems to stop the Big B.
A Decade Full Of Setbacks
From 1982, Amitabh suffered blows after blow for an entire span of ten years. He not only attained physical injuries during this time but at one point of time also decided to put a stay on his acting career. He also tried to grow his empire with a production company in the span but was met with no success. Big B also tried to try his luck in politics. His political career lasted for the maximum span of 3 years. The enticing actor walked out of the politics calling it a complete sink of the mess.
The Fatal Injury
During the shoot of the movie Coolie, Amitabh suffered a major injury after getting hit in the abdomen area during a fight scene. That resulted in a stream of blood for the actor. The actor was rushed to the hospital and remained under medical emergency for the upcoming months. Amitabh stayed at the hospital in a critical stage for months. The injury’s seriousness had reached up to that extent that the actor escaped death several times. The entire injury saga disheartened his fans. The fans would gather around the hospitals and temples for the well-being of the actor.
The film resumed after Amitabh was rehabilitated from the hospital. Coolie was an instant hit amongst the fans that garnered tremendous publicity due to Bachchan’s injury.
U-Turn from Politics
The injury had taken a large chunk of enthusiasm and zeal from the actor. Therefore, the actor chose to call it quits and shift his attention towards politics. After winning the general assembly election of the 8th Lok Sabha with a record-breaking margin of 68.2 %, Amitabh resigned from his post owing to the complications in the subject.
The actor shifted to mainstream acting with a series of flops. With only two hits in a span of 4 years, many thought that the star value had subsequently reduced. But somehow, Bachchan managed to cling on to his first national award amidst his poor spell.
After being slammed time and again at the Box office, Bachchan started a production company, ABCL. The company was a huge failure and ended the talented actor in a financial turmoil. The Bombay High Court even ruled Amitabh to sell his mansion and other property investments to repay the huge debts ABCL had taken in the past.
The actor tried to make desperate measures to shine as an action hero again, but growing age and the stardom had deceased. Finally, in the early 2000’s, the actor accepted his fading angry young man status and started accepting films which required him to play older roles. Amitabh met the roles with enormous conviction and was critically applauded for his roles.
Likes, Dislikes, and More
Favorite Food: Jalebi, Kheer, Lady Fingers
Favorite Superstars: Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman
Favorite Movie: Gone with the wind, Godfather, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Pyaasa, Black, Scarface
Favorite Book: Madhushala by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Favorite Destination: Switzerland, London
Favorite Color: White
The Shehenshah of Controversies as well
Amitabh reached the ultimate summit in his career, but couldn’t stay away from the controversies. And frankly, the industry doesn’t spare superstars, especially someone as huge as Big B. The angry young man was driven into controversies throughout his career. Rekha, Parveen Babi, politics, and monetary losses, all played a huge part in getting the Bollywood Tabloids spark fierce rumors about the actor. Here’s a list of controversies we wish Big B had refrained from getting into.
Amitabh Bachchan Controversies
- The International Gangster Allegations
Parveen Babi, the alleged ex-girlfriend, and co-star of Amitabh accused the actor of being an international gangster. She said it in an interview that the actor was behind her life and would send his goons to kidnap her. It was then deemed that the actress was mentally ill and her comments weren’t taken seriously by the media.
- The Bofors Scam
Politics greeted Big B with disgust. Just after a short spell as a member of parliament in the Lok Sabha, Amitabh was accused of being in the Brofos Scam. The multi-million scam raged tremendous annoyance in the country. As a result, Rajiv Gandhi Government was pulled down in the next elections. Also, he was alleged with Crime against Humanity for 1984 Riots. The actor troubled with the false allegations and cruel politics resigned from his post and shifted his attention towards acting.
- Sexual Harassment Accusation from the former miss world
Former miss world, Sayali Bhagat accused Amitabh and Sajid Khan of sexually harassing her during the contest. The comment was baseless and nothing came out of the allegation. The model later also pointed out to Shiney Ahuja for sexual harassment.
- The Unfortunate Love story of Rekha and Amitabh
It is the most talked relationship in the history of the Indian cinema. According to the reports, the duo was madly in love with each other. Both seemed to be dating for a very long time until the twist in the fairy tale came when Big B married Jaya Bachchan. The relationship between Amitabh and Rekha raged many controversies time and again. Both actors have somehow managed to seal their lips on the matter.
- The 15 year Stardust Ban
Things went bitter with Amitabh and Stardust when both the parties indulged in an ugly brawl of might. According to the reports, Amitabh didn’t like his interview circulate through magazines as the main subject. He wanted it to be a complementary interview. The actor used all his might and strength to intervene the magazine release, but with no effect. The magazine was out and running. It is believed that Big B used his Gandhi family connections to shut down the magazine firm. To avenge the efforts of Amitabh Bachchan, Stardust and other few magazines imposed a 15-year ban on the actor. The matter was sorted 15 years later when the director of Stardust and Amitabh had a man to man conversation.
Relationships, Girlfriends, Affairs, And More
The senior Bachchan was quite famous amongst women in his time. The tall dark handsome man was loved by many for his prolific looks and outstanding action sequels. The romanticism that inflicted on his characters in the movies had its effect off -screen as well. The actor was rumored to have many girlfriends before he tied the knot with Jaya Prada.
The actor was allegedly reported of dating Parveen Babi. And who doesn’t know the infamous fling with the actress Rekha? But the entire Amitabh-Rekha episode still remains a mystery as both actors have managed to keep their lips sealed on the topic. The on-screen storyline of Silsila went parallel with their love lives that caused many sparkling rumors in the industry.
200+ movies in Bollywood, other recognitions, brand endorsements and several other sources, Amitabh has certainly built an empire for himself. An empire that is so vast that it would suffice the hunger of an entire Indian state. The biggest superstar of the century has definitely got the biggest funds in the bank.
Amitabh Bachchan Net Worth
According to the reports in 2015, Amitabh’s net worth was estimated to be around $425 million. That number makes him one of the richest actors in the Bollywood. The actor comforts himself in a huge bungalow in Juhu and drives in his wide range of luxury cars. Bachchan also has several property investments in many parts of the word.
The Mighty Cars Collection: Bentley Continental GT, Bentley Arnage R, Lexus Lx 470, Mercedes-Benz SL 500 AMG, Rolls-Royce Phantom, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mini Cooper, BMW 760 Li, Mercedes Benz 600, Mercedes Benz 320, BMW X5, Range Rover XUV, Porsche Cayman S, and Mercedes-Benz E-240.
Awards, Rewards, and Recognitions
Apart from plenty of monetary rewards and gains, Amitabh has also found himself amidst several awards and recognitions. He is one of the finest actors India has ever seen and for all right reasons deserves all the awards that he has won in the supreme span of 4 decades. The actor has stretched his horizon to receive international recognitions for his contributions to the Indian Cinema. Also, Amitabh has had hands on every civilian award given to the Indian nationals. He is the brand ambassador of many Government Schemes considering the influence the actor has on its masses. Here is a list of awards Amitabh has won for his remarkable work in the Indian Cinema.
Amitabh Bachchan Awards
- 3 National Film Awards for the best actor for Piku, Paa, Agneepath, and Black (2015, 2009, 1990, 2005)
- 5 Filmfare Awards for the best actor for Paa, Black, Hum, Amar Akbar Anthony, Don, Piku (2009, 2005, 1991, 1997, 1978, 2015)
- Padma Vibhushan (2015)
- Padma Bhusan (2001)
- Padma Shri (1984)
- 3 Filmfare awards for the best supporting actor for Anand, Namak Haraam, and Ardh Satya (1972, 1974, 1984)
- Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (1991)
- Filmfare Superstar of the Millenium Award (2000)
- IIFA Award for the best actor for Paa and Black (2010, 2006)
- Filmfare special jury award (2011)
- ITA Achiever of the year award (2011)
- Stardust award for the international Icon (2014)
- Asian Film Award for the Lifetime Achievement (2010)
- Stardust award for the best artist of the millennium (2001)
These are just the major ones we have mentioned here. Apart from these, Amitabh won several awards in his inspirational career. The actor’s greatness cannot be calculated with the number of awards. He ruled the masses of a huge nation like India, and that itself is a huge certification of honor.
Social Media Buzz
Amitabh loves the internet, and we love him back. He is an active blogger and loves to spend time on the internet writing about several issues. He is a twitter addict and handles his account by the username @SrBachchan. He has over 25 million followers on twitter. The veteran actor is also proactive on Instagram with a staggering 3.3 million followers. His username on Instagram is amitabhbachchan.
One of the finest actors to grace the Indian Cinema, Amitabh Bachchan is a national icon with supreme powers to influence a complete nation. His acting skills are delectable and his aura is awe-defining. The greatest of all, the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan holds a special place in the heart of the nation.