The Angry Young man of Bollywood

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Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, 11 October 1942. Started his carrier in bollywood in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s film Bhuvan Shome.

After 7 non stop flop movies from 1969 to 1973, when he appeared in Zanjeer, Bollywood got its first Angry young man in 1973.

Just after this super hit, he got married to Jaya Bachhan and had two kids Abhishek and Shweta.

In 1975, he starred in a variety of film genres from the comedy Chupke Chupke, the crime drama Faraar to the romantic drama Milli. 1975 was also the year when Bachchan appeared in two films regarded as important in Hindi cinema history. He starred in the Yash Chopra directed film Deewar  earning him a Filmfare nomination for Best Actor. The film became a major hit at the box office in 1975, ranking in at number 4. Indiatimes Movies ranks Deewaar amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.Released on 15 August 1975 was Sholay, which became the highest grossing film of 1975 and also of all time in India, earning Rs. 2,364,500,000 equivalent to US$60 million.

1977, he won his first Filmfare Best actor award for his performance in Amar Akbar Anthony. On 26 July 1982, while filming Coolie  in the University Campus in Bangalore, Bachchan suffered a near fatal intestinal injury during the filming of a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar and recovered after a long time.

The film was released in 1983, and partly due to the huge publicity of Bachchan’s accident, the film was a box office success and the top grossing film that year.

The director,Manmohan Desai, altered the ending of Coolie after Bachchan’s accident. Bachchan’s character was originally intended to have been killed off but after the change of script, the character lived in the end. It would have been inappropriate, said Desai, for the man who had just fended off death in real life to be killed on screen. Also, in the released film the footage of the fight scene is frozen at the critical moment, and a caption appears onscreen marking this as the instant of the actor’s injury and the ensuing publicity of the accident.

In 1984, Bachchan took a break from acting and briefly entered politics in support of long-time family friend,Rajiv Gandhi . He contested Allahabad’s seat and won by one of the highest victory margins. His political career, however, was short-lived: he resigned after three years, calling politics a cesspool. The resignation followed the implication of Bachchan and his brother in the ” BOFORS SCANDAL” by a newspaper, which he vowed to take to court. Bachchan was eventually found not guilty of involvement in the ordeal.

In 1988, Bachchan returned to films, playing the title role in Shahenshah, which was a box office success. In 1992, Bachchan went into semi-retirement for five years.

Bachchan turned producer during his temporary retirement period, setting up Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (ABCL) in 1996, but this company was a biggest failure and because of this Mr. Bachhan has to mortgage his bungalow ‘Prateeksha’ and two flats till the pending loan recovery cases of canara bank were disposed off.

In 1998 he came back with Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and Sooryavansham (1999).

In 2000, Bachchan hosted the first season of Kaun Banega Crorepti (KBC) . His carrier took a boom from 2000 and since then he has given a lot of super hits from Mohabbatein, Paa to Sarkar and bhootnath retunrs.

Amitabh Bachchan has been involved in many social works and donated crores of ruppes for the same.

He is also having stake in Just dial, Stampede Capital, Meridian Tech and Ziddu.com.

We wish all the luck to Mr. Bachchan.

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