Celebrating FIFTY YEARS of Amitabh Bachchan, Bollywood’s Greatest Icon
Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan celebrates 50 years in the industry and here is our tribute to a living legend.
Rishte main toh hum tumharay baap lagte hain,
Naam hai humara Shehenshah!
Beginning of a Lifetime:
Born to Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan, Amitabh was born Inquilaab Srivastava in Allahabad on the 11th of October, 1942. Big B celebrated his seventy-sixth birthday recently and today we see him completing fifty years in the industry. His first work in the industry was in 1969 as he narrated in a National Award winning film, Bhuvan Shome. Followed by Anand (1971) and Reshma Aur Shera (1971) Bachchan struggled for his first few years in the industry before finally making his big break in Zanjeer (1973).
Rise As The Angry Young Man:
Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, more popularly known as the writer duo Salim-Javed, discovered Big B and cast him for Zanjeer. By 1975, Big B had struck gold with Deewar and is often ranked as one of the top must-see films in Bollywood. The film Sholay, alongside Dharmendra, is also regarded as one of the most iconic and memorable films to come out of Bollywood.
Ruling King of the Box Office:
Films such as Mukaddar Ka Sikander, Amar Akbar Anthony, Don, Kasme Vaade, Mr Natwarlaal, Naseeb, Lawaris, Kaalia, Yaaraana, Dostana, Kaala Patthar all made Amitabh Bachchan as the uncrowned king of the box office. During the 1980s, there was no one who could roll box office gold as he could.
After a brief hiatus with an injury and some box office failures in the 1990s, Big B returned with Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein and went on to act in other successful films such as Kabhi Khushie Kabhi Gham, Baghbaan, Aankhein and Sarkar. He also acted opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby and his offbeat film Piku garnered international acclaim.
Big B is one of Bollywood’s finest actors and we wish him well for his upcoming ventures in Bollywood!