Amitabh Bachchan: A post-mortem
The range of superlatives to describe Amitabh Bachchan has been long exhausted by his fans. From a gawky young man who entered Bollywood more than three decades ago to the superstar status he enjoys today, the journey to being a legend has been a remarkable one.
Amit Shrivastava (Amitabh's birth name) was born in Allahabad on Octorber 11, 1942. The boy was destined to be India's biggest superstar ever. Today he is famous all over the world as the Big B of Bollywood.
Son of well known poet Late Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan and married to Jaya Bhaduri, Amitabh is father of two children - Shweta and Abhishek.
Before coming into acting he had worked as a stage actor, radio announcer and freight company executive in Kolkata.
Saat Hindustani in 1969 launched him in the Hindi Cinema. From there he worked hard to succeed and finally became a superstar with Zanjeer in 1973. Zanjeer made him famous as the Angry Young Man.
Succeeding inbecoming the personification of the angst that wracked Indian society in the 1970s, his acceptance by the masses reached unprecedented levels. That he was India's best known figure became apparent when he was hurt in an accident in 1982, an event that had millions of fans praying for his recovery.
A roght patch later, today he owns a commercial enterprise Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL) which is engaged in production, distribution and all other aspects of the movie industry. Big B has also presented the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire called Kaun Banega Crorepati on television.
He is also the first Asian actor with a wax model of his likeness displayed at Madame Tussaud's in London. He is also the highest paid Bollywood actor starting with Rs 5000 in Saat Hindustani (1969) and today charging $1,000,000!
Some of his recent hits include Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Baghban (2003), Khakee (2004), Sarkar (2005) , Bunty Aur Bubly (2005), Virudh (2005), Waqt (2005), Black (2005), Baabul (2006), Eklavya (2007), Cheeni Kum (2007). The actor shows no signs of slowing down even at the age of 66.