‘Deviyyon Aur Sajjano….’ Hearing to it how many of us have rushed to run and sit in front of the television? Whether it is a 10-year-old kid or 25-year-old lady or 60 years old grandfather, every generation loves the legendary actor Amitabh. Shehanshah of Bollywood, Big B, Angry Young Man, Munna are some of the names he is entitled. There is no doubt in him being an iconic personality in the world of acting!
His Will Did not Crumble
Right back during the freedom movement in the year 1942, on October 11, Amitabh was born to the renowned poet Harivanshrai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. His career in acting was not a cakewalk! Due to his baritone voice and magnificent height filmmakers did not prefer him. But his will did not crumble. He made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome. Later he acted in movies like Saat Hindustani, Anand, Parwaana and Bombay to Goa, which did not do too well, but he was being noticed and recognized.
The Angry Young Man
In 1973, he was casted in a leading role as an inspector Vijay Khanna in Zanjeer, which was a box office, hit. A new persona was created for him– Angry young man. Amitabh also got his soul mate – Jaya Badhuri while filming Zanjeer and they tied knots. From then there was no looking back. Abhimaan, Namak Haraam, Deewar, Suhaag, Desh Premi, Amar Akbar Anthony, Kala Pathar, Parwarish, Muqqadar ka Sikhandar, Sholay and so on. Amitabh gave many hits. He flattered women, impressed men, entertained kids, mesmerized everybody. He became Big B. Big B’s magic was spreading everywhere.
New Life with Coolie
During the shooting of Coolie, Amitabh suffered a near fatal intestinal injury and remained critically ill for months in the hospital close to death. Fans were devastated, sad and prayed for his recovery. Thankfully he recovered and came back to the industry with a bang. Coolie did very well in theatres. He regained his position in Bollywood.
Not just an Actor, a down to earth human being
Big B saw a major hiccough in career after 80s when none of his movies were doing well. He took a break from acting and tried to venture in politics, as he was a very good friend of Rajiv Gandhi and he failed. His political career was very short-lived (1984-1987). Amitabh did not fall apart. He planned and started Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (ABCL) which aimed at reaching pinnacle in India’s Entertainment Industry. The first film ABCL produced was Tere Mere Sapne, which did not do well. Films made later too failed. ABCL sponsored Miss World Beauty Pageant (1996) and lost millions. Amitabh lost every penny. He was seeing the worst side of his career.
Big Come Back
His will unshattered, he fought back and that’s why he is Big B. He came back to prominence with a Television show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ and with his baritone voice, eloquence, and charisma he won the hearts of millions and proved he is still the Shehanshah in the entertainment industry. He gave back to back hits Mohabbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Ghum, Baghban, Aankhen, Khakee, Dev, Sarkar, Cheeni Kum, Paa and many more. Age never became a barrier for him.
He was honored with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan, France’s highest civilian honor, the knight of the Legion of Honor for his priceless contribution in the world of cinema.
Today, he is at the paragon of success after four decades in film industry. He has worked with the best directors, producers and actors. He has excelled in every genre – comedy, tragedy, and romance. People flood theatres just to see him. He is the style icon, he is the role model, and he is the hero. He is The Big B.