Amitabh Bachchan (born October 11, 1942) is an Indian actor. He was born in Allahabad, India.
The eldest son of Harivanshrai Bachchan, a well known contemporary poet, and Teji Bachchan, he was brought up in the rich tradition of the arts. He did his schooling at Sherwood College in Nainital and went on to Delhi University to earn a science degree.
His first film was Saat Hindustani and he has since made over a hundred films in a career that included such box office successes as Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay and Amar Akbar Anthony. Amitabh Bachchan is most famous for introducing into Hindi cinema, the character of the "angry young man" in stark contrast to the more romantic characters being played by his contemporaries.
Amitabh Bachchan retired from the film industry to briefly enter politics by winning a seat in parliament from his hometown of Allahabad. However, his political career was short lived.
Amitabh returned to Bollywood by founding his own production company called Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL), which produced films like Tere Mere Sapne and distributed several films such as Mani Ratnam's Bombay and Shekhar Kapoor's Bandit Queen. The company burst into the limelight in 1996 when it was responsible for bringing to India the Miss World Pageant, but was then mired with controversy when the company was not able to pay its dues.
In 1997 at the age of 55, Amitabh Bachchan made his comeback to cinema with the film Mrityudata. In 1999, in a BBC Online Poll, Amitabh Bachchan was named the Superstar of the Millennium ahead of the likes of Alec Guinness and Marlon Brando. In June, 2000 he became the first living Asian to have a wax statue erected in his honour at Madame Tussaud's.
In the same year, Amitabh Bachchan once again re-entered Indian popular culture by anchoring the hugely popular quiz program Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Amitabh Bachchan married actress Jaya Bhaduri with whom he had co-starred in many films. Some of the films starring Amitabh and Jaya : Zanjeer, Abhimaan, Sholay, Silsila, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.
His ability to reinvent himself has meant new films, new endorsements and millions of rupees. In 2004, he is reported to be charging around 80-100 million rupees for brand endorsements.
The couple has two children, Abhishek and Shweta. Abhishek Bachchan has already followed his father's footsteps having starred in such movies as Refugee, Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa, Dhai Askar Prem Ke, Hain Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, Om Jai Jagdish, Mein Prem Ki Diwani Hoo, Kuch Na Kaho, Zameen, and L.O.C.
Parwaana Pyar Ki Kahani
Reshma Aur Shera (Guest)
Bansi Birju Bombay to Goa
Ek Nazar Jaban
Piya Ka Ghar Raaste Ka Patthar
Abhimaan Baandhe Haath
Gehri Chaal Haath (Guest)
Namak Haram Saudagar
Benaam Dost (Guest)
Roti Kapda aur Makaan
Chhoti si Baat Chupke Chupke
Hera Pheri Mili
Do Anjaane Kabhie Kabhie
Amar Akbar Anthony Imaan Dharam
Khoon Paseena Parvarish
Ganga Ki Saugandh Kasme Vaade
Gol Maal (Guest) The Great Gambler
Jurmaana Kaala Patthar
Manzil Mr. Natwarlaal
Muqaddar ka Sikandar Suhaag
Anusandhan (Guest) Chashme Baddoor (Guest)
Do aur Do Panch Dostaana
Ram Balraam Shaan
Barsaat ki Ek Raat Kaalia
Bemisaal Desh Premee
Khuddar Namak Halaal
Nastik Satte pe Satta
Andha Kanoon Coolie
Giraftaar (Guest) Mard
Hero Hiralal (Guest) Jalwa (Guest)
Shahenshah Soorma Bhopali (Guest)
Ganga Jamuna Saraswati Kaun Jeeta Kaun Haara (Guest)
Jaadugar Main Azaad Hoon
Aaj ka Arjun Agneepath
Majorsaab Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan
Lal Baadshah Sooryavansham
Biwi No. 1 ( Special ) Hindustan Ki Kasam
Ek Rishta- The Bond of Love Aks
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Aankhen Hum Kisise Kum Nahi