Amitabh Bachchan

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NicknameThe Big B
11.10.1942 *
Place of BirthAllahabad

Amitabh Bachchan is the son of the renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. After a small appearance in the movie Saat Hindustani Amitabh Bachchan became known all over India acting in Hrishikesh Mukherjee's famous movie Anand together with Rajesh Khanna. In the first half of the 1970s Amitabh established himself as the super star of Hindi films. Very often the success of his early years is connected with the role of the angry young man that he played in Zanjeer and Deewar. Though his appearance in these two films was certainly very important for his career, it is too simple to make them the only reason of his success. His early movies Bombay To Goa and Abhimaan, in which his role was quite different from the angry young man image, were very successful, too.

Amitabh's baritone voice is something unique and very soon, he started to sing some tracks for playback songs himself. His most unforgettable songs of the 1970s and early 1980s are "Mere Angane Mein" in Laawaris, "Khaike Pan Banaraswala" in Don, "Rang Barse" in Silsila and "My Name Is Anthony Gonzalves" in Amar Akbar Anthony. In 1995 Bally Sagoo produced the album "Aby Baby", on which Amitabh re-recorded his most famous film songs and some poets penned by his father.

In 1973 Amitabh married Jaya Bhaduri, who was the heroine by his side in Abhimaan, Sholay and Silsila. They have two children: Shweta and Abhishek, who is a well-known Bollywood actor, too. Amitabh's biggest success was India's first 70mm film the legendary Indo western Sholay, which is still among the most successful movies ever made in India.

At the peak of his stardom Amitabh was a living legend. He played himself in the comedy Golmaal and Yash Chopra's Silsila released in 1981 was more or less a film on the rumours about his private life, evoling around his marriage with Jaya Bachchan and an affair with the female movie star of the early 1980s the actress Rekha.

In the 1980s Hindi cinema was in a crisis. One of Amitabh's remarkable films was Coolie. When Amitabh was injured during its shooting and had to be sent to hospital millions of fans prayed for his recovery and his injury was a headline item. The scene in which he was injured was marked by a freeze frame with an insert and cannot be missed.

After the assassination of Indira Gandhi Amitabh decided to support his friend Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress party and contested in an election for the Lok Sabha. He was elected, but resigned during the term. After acting in Khuda Gawah Amitabh withdrew from the screen. Though the movie Insaniyat was only released in 1994 Amitabh did not do any acting from 1993 to 1996.

He made his comeback with Mrityudata in 1997, but the film flopped at the box office. His comeback as a star was in 2000, when he moderated the famous TV quiz "Kaun Banega Crorepati?". In the movie world it was Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham that brought Amitabh back to the top. Since then Amitabh has been very busy acting in up to tern releases a year. His latest hit is the charming comedy Cheeni Kum, in which his play a 64 year old restaurant owner, who falls in love with a 34 year old woman played by Tabu.

Filmographie

As Actor/Actress

  1. Departure, 2012
  2. Mr. Bhatti On Chutti, 2012
  3. Aarakshan, 2011
  4. F. A. L. T. U., 2011
  5. Kandahar, 2011
  6. Bhoothnath, 2008
  7. God Tussi Great Ho, 2008
  8. Sarkar Raj, 2008
  9. The Last Lear, 2008
  10. Cheeni Kum, 2007
  11. Eklavya, 2007
  12. Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, 2007
  13. Nishabd, 2007
  14. Om Shanti Om, 2007
  15. Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, 2007
  16. Shoot Out at Lokhandwala, 2007
  17. Zamaanat, 2007
  18. Baabul, 2006
  19. Darna Zaroori Hai, 2006
  20. Family, 2006
  21. Happy New Year, 2006
  22. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, 2006
  23. Amrutha Dhare, 2005
  24. Black, 2005
  25. Bunty Aur Babli, 2005
  26. Dil Jo Bhi Kahe, 2005
  27. Ek Ajnabi, 2005
  28. Paheli, 2005
  29. Ramji Londonwaley, 2005
  30. Sarkar, 2005
  31. Viruddh, 2005
  32. Waqt, 2005
  33. Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo, 2004
  34. Aetbaar, 2004
  35. Bollywood Remixed, 2004
  36. Deewar, 2004
  37. Dev, 2004
  38. Hum Kaun Hai, 2004
  39. Insaaf, 2004
  40. Khakee, 2004
  41. Kyun! Ho Gaya Na ..., 2004
  42. Lakshya, 2004
  43. Ora Kara, 2004
  44. Veer Zaara, 2004
  45. Armaan, 2003
  46. Baghban, 2003
  47. Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, 2003
  48. Aankhen, 2002
  49. Agni Varsha, 2002
  50. Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin, 2002
  51. Kaante, 2002
  52. Aks, 2001
  53. Ek Rishta, 2001
  54. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, 2001
  55. Lagaan, 2001
  56. Mohabbatein, 2000
  57. Biwi No. 1, 1999
  58. Hindustan Ki Kasam, 1999
  59. Lal Baadshah, 1999
  60. Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan, 1998
  61. Major Saab, 1998
  62. Mrityudata, 1997
  63. Ghatak, 1996
  64. Insaniyat, 1994
  65. Khuda Gawah, 1992
  66. Ajooba, 1991
  67. Akayla, 1991
  68. Hum, 1991
  69. Indrajeet, 1991
  70. Aaj Ka Arjun, 1990
  71. Agneepath, 1990
  72. Crore, 1990
  73. Jaadugar, 1989
  74. Main Azaad Hoon, 1989
  75. Toofan, 1989
  76. Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, 1988
  77. Hero Hiralal, 1988
  78. Shahenshah, 1988
  79. Soorma Bhopali, 1988
  80. Jalwa, 1987
  81. Kaun Jeeta Kaun Haara, 1987
  82. Aakhree Raasta, 1986
  83. Aakhri Rasta, 1985
  84. Geraftaar, 1985
  85. Mard, 1985
  86. Inquilaab, 1984
  87. Sharabi, 1984
  88. Andha Kanoon, 1983
  89. Coolie, 1983
  90. Mahaan, 1983
  91. Nastik, 1983
  92. Pukar, 1983
  93. Bemisaal, 1982
  94. Desh Premee, 1982
  95. Khuddar, 1982
  96. Namak Halal, 1982
  97. Satte Pe Satta, 1982
  98. Shakti, 1982
  99. Barsat Ki Ek Raat, 1981
  100. Commander, 1981
  101. Kaalia, 1981
  102. Laawaris, 1981
  103. Naseeb, 1981
  104. Silsila, 1981
  105. Yaarana, 1981
  106. Do Aur Do Paanch, 1980
  107. Dostana, 1980
  108. Ram Balram, 1980
  109. Shaan, 1980
  110. Ahsaas, 1979
  111. Cinema Cinema, 1979
  112. Golmaal, 1979
  113. Jurmana, 1979
  114. Kala Patthar, 1979
  115. Manzil, 1979
  116. Mr. Natwarlal, 1979
  117. Suhaag, 1979
  118. The Great Gambler, 1979
  119. Besharam, 1978
  120. Don, 1978
  121. Ganga Ki Saugandh, 1978
  122. Kasme Vaade, 1978
  123. Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, 1978
  124. Trishul, 1978
  125. Alaap, 1977
  126. Amar Akbar Anthony, 1977
  127. Imaan Dharam, 1977
  128. Khatta Meetha, 1977
  129. Khoon Pasina, 1977
  130. Parvarish, 1977
  131. Shatranj Ke Khiladi, 1977
  132. Adalat, 1976
  133. Do Anjane, 1976
  134. Hera Pheri, 1976
  135. Kabhi Kabhi, 1976
  136. Chhoti Si Baat, 1975
  137. Chupke Chupke, 1975
  138. Deewar, 1975
  139. Faraar, 1975
  140. Mili, 1975
  141. Sholay, 1975
  142. Zameer, 1975
  143. Benaam, 1974
  144. Dost, 1974
  145. Kasauti, 1974
  146. Kunwara Baap, 1974
  147. Majboor, 1974
  148. Roti Kapada Aur Makan, 1974
  149. Abhimaan, 1973
  150. Bada Kabutar, 1973
  151. Bandhe Hath, 1973
  152. Gehri Chaal, 1973
  153. Namak Haram, 1973
  154. Saudagar, 1973
  155. Zanjeer, 1973
  156. Bansi Birju, 1972
  157. Bombay To Goa, 1972
  158. Ek Nazar, 1972
  159. Piya Ka Ghar, 1972
  160. Raaste Ka Patthar, 1972
  161. Guddi, 1971
  162. Parwana, 1971
  163. Pyaar Ki Kahani, 1971
  164. Reshma Aur Shera, 1971
  165. Sanjog, 1971
  166. Anand, 1970
  167. Saat Hindustani, 1969

As Producer

  1. Major Saab, 1998
  2. Mrityudata, 1997

As Singer

  1. Bhoothnath :: Chalo Jaane Do, 2008
  2. Bhoothnath :: Mere Buddy, 2008
  3. Sarkar :: Govinda Beat, 2005
  4. Dev :: Dev Speaks, 2004
  5. Armaan :: Aao Milke Gayen, 2003
  6. Baghban :: Baghban Rab Hai Baghban, 2003
  7. Baghban :: Chali Chali, 2003
  8. Baghban :: Holi Khele Raghuvira, 2003
  9. Baghban :: Main Yahan Tu Wahan, 2003
  10. Aks :: Bhala Bura, 2001
  11. Aks :: Ramleela, 2001
  12. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham :: Say Shava Shava, 2001
  13. Amar Akbar Anthony :: My Name is Anthony Gonzalves, 1977