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    Amitabh: 40 Year Reign - A Tribute

    Amitabh: 40 Year Reign - A Tribute

    On February 15, 2009, Amitabh Bachchan completed four decades in Bollywood. On this day in 1969, “a tall, lean guy with intense eyes” had walked the stairs of KA Abbas’s office to sign his first movie, ‘Saath Hindustani’.

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    "Forty years! Been a while. Struggles and uncertainties, successes and disappointments, accusations and controversies, ill health and months in hospital, all such a vivid kaleidoscope of moments, events, images simply unbelievable and unimaginable," blogs Amitabh. How true! Amitabh Bachchan’s life has had the quality of being at once a biography and a fairytale!

    Here are a few snaps and rare facts from the glorious career of a megastar who, at 67, still remains the tallest peak in Bollywood!

    Harivanshrai Bachchan had planned to name his firstborn 'Inquilab' (which means 'revolution') before choosing Amitabh (“brilliance unlimited”).

    Amitabh, the kid, dreamt of becoming an engineer. He even thought of joining the Indian Air Force.

    According to AB historians, Amitabh spent a few nights on a bench at Marine Drive, Mumbai, while still a Bollywood wannabe.

    Before debuting in Bollywood, Amitabh worked as a stage actor, radio announcer and freight company executive in Kolkata, India.

    Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri met for the first time at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. They married in 1973. It was during the making of ‘Sholay’ that Amitabh discovered he was going to be a father of his firstborn, Shwetambari. Abhishek was born in 1976.

    Amitabh's role in the path-breaking ‘Sholay’ was first offered to Shatrughan Sinha.

    Amitabh considers Waheeda Rehman one of the most beautiful women in the Indian film industry.

    Bachchan suffered a near-fatal accident during the shoot of Manmohan Desai’s ‘Coolie’ (1983); he required 17 bottles of blood to recoup. AB has, ever since, been championing the cause of blood donation.

    When Amitabh was in the ICU of Breach Candy Hospital after the ‘Coolie’ accident, Jaya Bachchan used to walk barefoot daily from the Hospital to the Siddhi Vinayak Temple, six kilometres away, praying for his quick recovery.

    Post - ‘Coolie’, Bachchan suffered from a rare muscular disorder known as Myasthenia Gravis.

    Amitabh Bachchan burnt his left hand during the Diwali celebrations of 1983, and he had to hide his left hand in his pocket, for most of the ‘Sharaabi’ (1984) scenes. Some critics took it for an “artistic statement”.

    During the shoot of ‘Khuda Gawah’ (1992), the then president of Afghanistan, Najibullah, provided Amitabh with half the country's air force (“for his protection”); ‘Khuda Gawah’ became a rage in Afghanistan.

    An Indian comic book character, 'Supremo', has been modeled on Amitabh Bachchan!!!

    Amitabh Bachchan was voted the Hottest Vegetarian Alive, in a poll conducted by ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA).

    Amitabh appeared as Vijay (his favourite screen name) in over 20 movies. He made his playback singing debut with ‘Mr. Natwarlal’ (197.

    In 1996, while on a self-imposed exile from movies, Amitabh released an album called ‘Aby Baby’, which featured songs such as "Eer Bir Phatte" and the “Kabhie Kabhie” remix. The album was a super hit.
    Amitabh Harivansh Srivastav born on October 11, 1942 is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s and has since become one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema.

    Little Big B

    Birth Place of Big B

    Amitabh Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career, including three National Film Awards and twelve Filmfare Awards. He holds the record for most number of Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare Awards. In addition to acting, Amitabh Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer, and television presenter, and was an elected member of the Indian Parliament from 1984 to 1987.

    Born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Amitabh Bachchan hails from a Hindu Kayastha family. His father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Amitabh Bachchan was a well-known Hindi poet, while his mother, Teji Bachchan was a Sikh from Karachi (now in Pakistan). Amitabh was initially named Inquilab, inspired from the 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 Srivastava, his father had adopted the pen-name Amitabh 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.

    Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Lil Big B

    Amitabh is the elder of Harivansh Rai Amitabh Bachchan ’s two sons, the second being Ajitabh. His mother had a keen interest in theatre and had been offered a role in a film, but preferred her domestic duties. She had some degree of influence in Amitabh Bachchan ’s choice of career because she always insisted that he should take the centre stage. Amitabh Bachchan ’s father passed away in 2003 and his mother on December 21, 2007.

    Amitabh Ji with wife and His Parents

    A very rare pic of Amitabh Ji with the Gandhi Family and Dara Singh Ji....

    Amitabh Bachchan has a double M.A. (Master of Arts) degree. He attended Allahabad’s Jnana Prabodhini and Boys’ High School (BHS), followed by Nainital’s Sherwood College, where he majored in the art stream. He later went on to study at Kirori Mal College of the University of Delhi and completed a Bachelor of Science degree. In his twenties, Amitabh Bachchan gave up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Calcutta, to pursue a career in acting.

    Big B in College:

    He married actor Jaya Bhaduri on June 3, 1973, according to Bengali rites. The couple has two children: daughter Shweta and son Abhishek.

    Big B with Junior B

    Shweta and Abhishek...

    Amitabh Bachchan in Anand (1970) Amitabh Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as one of the seven protagonists in Saat Hindustani, a film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and featuring Utpal Dutt, Madhu and Jalal Agha. Though the film was not a financial success, Amitabh Bachchan won his first National Film Award for Best Newcomer.

    Amit Ji getting the national award...

    The critically acclaimed and commercially successful Anand (1971) followed, where he starred alongside Rajesh Khanna. Amitabh Bachchan roles as a doctor with a cynical view of life garned him a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Amitabh then played the role of an infatuated lover in Parwaana (1971) opposite Navin Nischol, Yogeeta Bali and Om Prakash and was a rare instance of him portraying the villain. This was followed by several films which were not particularly successful at the box office including Reshma Aur Shera (1971). During this time, he made a guest appearance in the film Guddi which starred his future wife Jaya Bhaduri opposite Dharmendra. Noted for his deep baritone voice early on in his career, he narrated part of the film Bawarchi. In 1972, he made an appearance in the road action comedy Bombay to Goa, directed by S. Ramanathan. He starred alongside actors such as Aruna Irani, Mehmood, Anwar Ali, and Nasir Hussain.

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