Amitabh Bachchan, the ‘Emperor’ of Bollywood Cinema, is perhaps the most popular and iconic Bollywood star in the history of Indian Cinema. He is without a doubt considered as an integral part of the Bollywood industry as well as Indian television history. One can estimate his popularity by the fact that he has been worshipped like God among all generations of India.
He became successful to earn a place in the hearts of the majority of the Bollywood manic audiences from the very beginning of his career with the film ‘Saat Hindustani’ in the year 1969. After that, he gains so much popularity in the Indian cinema that today he has more than 80 million followers on various social media platforms such as 40 million followers on Twitter, 27.9 million fans on Facebook, and 15.7 million followers on Instagram, etc.
However, this is just a minimal part of his life and successful career as there is a lot more than this to his achievements that you’ll get to know today while reading further about Amitabh Bachchan’s biography in this blog. So, without wasting time, let’s continue reading:
Considered by the majority as equivalent to James Dean of America for his angry roles in films like Zanjeer, Deewaar, and Sholay, etc, Bachchan has made around a total of 190 Bollywood films and at the same time has 15 Filmfare awards along with 4 National awards on his name. For being considered as the legendary actor of B-Town is without a doubt, the most respected ‘Mahanayak’ in the history of the Indian Cinema industry.
On October 11, 1942, in Allahabad, with the name Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, Amitabh was born to bring a change in the world of Cinema.
Talking about his early life, he completed his higher school education from Uttar Pradesh and then earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University in order to further move to Mumbai to become a film star.
But before focusing on his Bollywood career let’s also talk little about Amitabh Bachchan’s family also because without them his biography would be considered incomplete.
Son of Teji Bachchan and well-known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan in the year 1973, married Jaya Bhaduri who was also an accomplished actress of that Bollywood golden age period. Amitabh Bachchan from his wife has two children Shweta and Abhishek. Out of the two, Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter married the industrialist Nikhil Nanda, the grandson of Raj Kapoor and on the other hand, his son, being itself a Bollywood actor, has married to the popular actress Aishwarya Rai.
Now, coming back to the point, Amitabh Bachchan in the starting days of his acting career, had struggled enough because during that time film-makers preferred someone with fairer skin, and he was not that much fair enough. But for having a deep baritone voice, he was used by Film-makers for narration and background commentary only.
After struggling in the starting phase of his career, he got a chance to become a part of ‘Saat Hindustani’ film with the help of a letter from Indira Gandhi for being a good friend of Rajiv Gandhi. And, after that, there’s no looking back. With time, he becomes so famous that he is known in the Bollywood industry by many nicknames like:
- Angry Young Man
- Big B
- Bollywood’s Shahenshah
- One Man Industry
- Superstar of the Millennium
- The Last Emperor
Not only that but, he has also won numerous accolades in his career for his acting skills, and based on that let’s shed some light on Amitabh Bachchan’s top 20 Movies. So, here’s the comprehensive list of his best movies that still considered his all-time blockbuster hits:
- Zanjeer (1973)
- Deewaar (1975)
- Sholay (1975)
- Amar, Akbar, and Anthony (1977)
- Suhaag (1979)
- Naseeb (1981)
- Yaarana (1981)
- Silsila (1981)
- Satte pe Satta (1982)
- Coolie (1983)
- Mard (1985)
- Agneepath (1990)
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam (2001)
- Baghban (2003)
- Black (2005)
- Sarkar (2005)
- Paa (2009)
- Piku (2015)
- Pink (2016)
- Badla (2019)
And, at last, how one can forget to jot down some big achievements of his entire career! So, based on that we mentioned the category-wise list of most famous Awards and Honours that Amitabh Bachchan achieved:
Category 1: Civilian Awards:
- Padma Shri by the Government of India (1984)
- Padma Bhushan by the Government of India (2001)
- Knight of the Legion of Honour i.e., France’s highest civilian honour from France Government (2007)
- Padma Vibhushan by Government of India (2015)
Category 2: National Honours:
- Awadh Samman by Government of Uttar Pradesh (1980)
- Yash Bharti Award i.e., Uttar Pradesh highest honour award by U.P Government (1994)
- Deenanath Mangeshkar Award (2005)
- Medallion of Honour by President of India (2013)
Category 3: Polls Awards:
- He was voted as the Hottest Male Vegetarian by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in the year 2002
- He was also voted as the Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Man in the year 2008
- He was again voted as Hottest Male vegetarian for the 4th time by PETA in the year 2012
Category 4: National Film Awards:
- Best Actor for Agneepath (1990)
- Best Actor for Black (2005)
- Best Actor for Paa (2009)
- Best Actor for Piku (2015)
- Dadasaheb Phalke Award ( 2019)