Amitabh Bachchan life and biography

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Amitabh Bachchan biography

Date of birth : 1942-10-11
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Allahabad, British India
Nationality : Indian
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2010-11-01
Credited as : Bollywood actor , and film producer,

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Amitabh Bachchan born on October 11, 1942 in Allahabad, United Provinces of British India. Amitabh Bachchan hails from a Hindu-Sikh family. His father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a well-known Hindi poet, while his mother, Teji Bachchan was a Sikh-Punjabi from Faisalabad (now in Pakistan). Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired from the famous phrase Inquilab Zindabad, during the Indian independence struggle, but was re-christened Amitabh which means, "the light that would never go off." Though his surname was Shrivastava, his father had adopted the pen-name Bachchan, under which he published all his works. It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films, and, for all public purposes, it has become the surname of all members of his current family.

He completed his education from Uttar Pradesh and moved to Bombay to find work as a film star, in vain though, as film-makers preferred someone with a fairer skin, and he was not quite fair enough. But they did use one of his other assets - his deep baritone voice - which was used for narration and background commentary. He was successful in being cast in Saat Hindustani. He got his break in Bollywood after a letter of introduction from the then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi, as he was a friend of her son Rajiv Gandhi. This is how Amitabh made an entry in Bollywood, starting with Zanjeer, co-starred with his future wife-to-be Jaya Bhaduri, and since then there has been no looking back.

Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bhaduri. They have two children, Shweta Nanda and Abhishek Bachchan. Abhishek is also an actor and is married to actress Aishwarya Rai.

Facts

- The star, who once enjoyed his drink and smoked 200 cigarattes a day, has given it all up!
- He loves gorging on gulab jamuns, especially from Jhama's in Chembur, Mumbai.
- He hates self-service and wants his meals to be served by Jaya. He’d rather not eat than serve himself.
- On a normal day, he works out for an hour-and-a-half starting off at around 5 a.m. Earlier, he used to work out at the JW Marriott. Now he has a hi-tech gym installed in his bungalow.
- His Lexus is bulletproof and has Formula 1 style radial tyres worth Rs 2...5 lakh each. The car's global positioning system keeps him on track!
- He has 11 cars; a Rolls Royce Phantom, a Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes SL500, a Porsche Cayman S, a Range Rover, a Lexus LX470, a Mercedes E 240, a BMW X5, a BMW 7 Series, a Mercedes S320 and a Ford Mondeo.
- Amitabh was a good athlete. He used to often win the 100, 200 and 400 metre races, besides the broad jump... He also won a boxing championship once in Sherwood, Nainital. Remember how Jaani wins the boxing bouts in Naseeb?
- In 1983, he burnt his left hand during Diwali and had to get it reconstructed, wrist upwards.

Producer

1996 Tere Mere Sapne
1997
Ullasam
Mrityudaata
1998 Major Saab
2001 Aks
2005 Viruddh
2006 Family - Ties of Blood

Playback singer

1979
The Great Gambler
Mr. Natwarlal
1981
Lawaaris
Naseeb
Silsila
1983
Mahaan
Pukar
1984 Sharaabi
1989
Toofan
Jaadugar
1992 Khuda Gawah
1998 Major Saab
1999 Sooryavansham
2001
Aks
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
2002 Aankhen
2003
Armaan
Baghban
2004
Dev
Aetbaar
2006 Baabul
2007
Nishabd
Cheeni Kum
2008 Bhoothnath
2009
Aladin
Paa

Filmography

2006
Family - Ties of Blood
Darna Zaroori Hai
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
Baabul (2006 film)
2007
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
Nishabd
Cheeni Kum
Shootout at Lokhandwala
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag
Om Shanti Om
2008
Jodhaa Akbar
Bhoothnath
Sarkar Raj
God Tussi Great Ho
The Last Lear
2009
Delhi-6
Aladin
Paa
2010
Rann
Teen Patti
Shoebite (Post-production)
Kandahar

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