‘Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap hote hain, naam hai Shahenshah’, of course, he’s the Shahenshah of Hindi Film industry. Amitabh Bachchan, a name that is identical to Hindi cinema is an epitome of a classic Indian hero. The superstar of the millennium is celebrating 76 years of his life and we rejoice the 49 years long career of Big B in Bollywood.
From Struggles to Becoming the Shahenshah of Bollywood
The Padma Vibhushan awarded and Knight of the Legion of Honor winner, Bachchan remains the talk of shiny flecks town till date. Bachchan’s career has spanned more than four decades and he has appeared in almost 200 odd Indian films.
It was his baritone that got Bachchan his first movie job in 1969 as the narrator in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome. Bachchan then got cast in a supporting role in Saat Hindustani. Though it wasn’t a financial success, Amitabh Bachchan won his first National Award as the best newcomer and so took wings the amazing acting career of one who would be the Big B in Bollywood. Prakash Mehra directed Zanjeer marked a new beginning. Amitabh started riding the waves of popularity with his young angry man image that began a remarkable journey of fame and success.
The year 1975 saw the release of Amitabh’s two biggest blockbusters Sholay and Deewar. From 1973 to 1984, Amitabh’s about 19 films have celebrated Golden Jubilee. Amitabh’s triumphant magic, his trademark deep baritone voice, his tall persona, and intense eyes did their trick on the audience, which led to superstardom for the actor.
In the subsequent years, he went on to give several major hits including Sholay, Deewaar and Amar Akbar Anthony, Don, Muqqadar Ka Sikandar and Mr Natwarlal made him the star in showbiz.
Between there was a downfall because of some political issues, Bachchan returned to films with the super hit Shahenshah. There were infrequent hits like Hum and emotional performances as in Agneepath.
The fading superstar took a sabbatical to set up his entertainment conglomerate ABCL (Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited). But all his productions failed and Bachchan hit bankruptcy. However, he was meant to bounce back. Kaun Banega Crorepati catapulted him into rewarding territories and suddenly Bachchan became the most wanted man on television. He went on to endorse countless brands.
In June 2000, he became the first living Asian to have been modelled in wax at London’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Simultaneously, since then, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Baghban resuscitated his movie career. Black won him rave reviews and awards while Sarkar, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Bunty Aur Babli, Cheeni Kum Paa, Piku, Pink, Wazir, Teen, 102 not out added further steam. Since then, Bachchan’s movie report card has been bittersweet, but his presence as an e-age icon who dominates the world of Twitter and blogging is extraordinary. Recently, he debuted in Hollywood with The Great Gatsby.
For years, the senior actor has miraculously reinvented himself according to changing times and kept his dazzling stardom intact. The love, respect and admiration that Mr Bachchan has got from his millions of fans all over the world is unparalleled. Happy Birthday to this impeccable personality and we wish good luck for his upcoming big projects, Thugs of Hindostan, Brahmastra and many more.