Not every man is privileged to get even somewhere close to where this man is. His existence, appearance, intonation, denomination, personage is one in itself. From taking birth as an Inquilab, to becoming an inspiration, and then turning into an institution, this man has grown every single day. The legendary Indian actor, Amitabh Bachchan, popularly known as Big B has a huge star wattage among the millions. The remarkable journey of 73 years, he had truly pulled it off with a finish!
He was born on 11th October, 1942, in Allahabad, India, and was named Inquilab Rai Bachchan by his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan which was later replaced by: “the never ending light, Amitabh”. His mother Teji Bachchan played a major role in shaping Amitabh’s choice of career. He completed his Double Masters of Arts degree from Delhi University, before which he went to Sherwood College Boarding School. After his education, he headed towards Calcutta and began to earn for his living. But this was certainly not what he was looking for. He thought of doing what he wanted, to act and try out his stars.
One fine day, leaving all behind, he boarded a train to the City of Creators and destroyers, slums and millionaires, laborers and actors, the unpredictable Mumbai. This 6 feet 3 inches stepped into an alley which was neither pleasing nor open for a tall, dark man like him. He tried each one of his unique qualities but all went in vain, it didn’t work out. Before he could give it up all, Khwaja Ahmed Abbas casted him for Saat Hindustani, in which Bachchan was one amongst the seven. It was his debut film which came out in 1969, though it didn’t create any hype on box-office but got him a National award for best debut actor. This award was supposed to make his way a little creamy, but it was still a task for him until he came across Anand. Rajesh Khanna, was the leading actor while Amit played a strong supporting role which was appreciated and awarded. He was established as a good bollywood actor but fame was still to knock. And finally Zanjeer broke the chains for him, it knocked, he welcomed and everything else fell in their places. Big B’s anger came out on Big screen and he was declared ‘the angry young man’ of bollywood. Meanwhile, he met the love of his life Jaya Bahaduri at the sets of Guddi where they were working together and decided to tie the knots with her soon.
By mid- seventies, he made his impact but in 1975 came the game changers, the two blockbusters till date; Sholay and Deewar. Even though Jai died onscreen in Sholay, Amitabh had started living in every single heart; then the anti-protagonist who wanted to be rich anyhow became the one undoubtedly. Amitabh Bachchan started to rule!
His score card was rising, by the end of 80’s he had completed 100 films, with the award winning films like Amar Akbar Anthony, Don, who got him back to back 2 best actors, Yash Chopra pouring out his romance in Silsila and Kabhi Kabhi. He kept on working, shining and growing until he met with a serious accident while shooting for Coolie, it would’ve been life taking, his fans were shattered but their prayers paid off. It was a slight haul in his career by then but it didn’t last long.
The superstar prompted at the industry again with Mrityudata, a film by his home production and then the Indian version of the show who wants to be a millionaire? He being a legit star grabbed filmfares and international nominations for films like Baghban, Khakee, Paa, etc. His recent best actor was for Piku, in which he played a role of a constipated father of actress Deepika Padukone. The list is never ending.
Whether it would be films, stardom, family, love, charity or success, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has always carried it in a dignified manner. He is one in himself. He tried, tripped, learnt and stood again all by himself. No matter how much one tries to trace his journey, there will still remain few experiences untold. He has blemished and reached the pinnacle, and will continue to hold on to it!