The hero of millennium has turned 75. The star, who is undoubtedly the biggest superstar which India ever got is still ruling the hearts of billions of people worldwide with his films and small screen stint.Age is just a number for Amitabh Bachchan. His glorious journey has lasted over four decades.
In an industry where roles are seldom written for veteran actors, Bachchan is experimenting with looks, characters and themes with an enthusiasm and passion of a newcomer. He is playing the role of 102-year-old in his next, 102 Not Out.
Bachchan will also be working Aamir Khan for the first time in Thugs of Hindostan, which will see him in an armoured look with a heavy beard. Having started with a role as one of the seven protagonists in Saat Hindustani, Bachchan next featured in the Rajesh Khanna-starrer Anand and did a few more films. But it wasn’t until the 1973 movie Zanjeer that he came into his own.
There was no stopping after Zanjeer. He played lead role in many films, which broke many box office records. His popular films include Deewaar, Sholay, Mard, Naseeb, Namak Haraam, Kabhie Kabhie, Don, Hum and Shahenshah.
It is said that he was numero uno during that time. There was no one who could even come near him in box office collections. A Bachchan film was always a safe bet.
But not all was good. He had a near-fatal injury on the sets of Coolie in 1982 led him to take a break from films. Fans all over India prayed for him and he had lucky escape from death. He ventured into politics from his native Allahabad. He contested the Lok Sabha election on the Congress ticket in 1984, but didn’t continue his political journey for long. He found himself named in the infamous Bofors scandal, but was cleared of the allegations 25 years later and remains apolitical even though he associates himself with issue-related social campaigns for the government once in a while.
He saw a professional low, when his films started to fail in early 1990’s. He failed when he launched Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd in the 1990s. He reportedly had to pay Rs 95 crores as loan. With no work, he went to his close friend Yash Chopra’s house asking for work. Yash Chopra signed him for Mohabbattein.
At the same time, Kaun Banega Crorepati was launched. He was the host and the show became a huge hit. He was paid an handsome amount and along with working in advertisements he single handedly repaid all the debts.
Such an commitment at such an age. Only Bachchan could do it. He did not stop acting and also acted in many successful films like Sarkar, Baghban, Bunty Aur Babli, Paa and Black in 2000’s.
Amitabh Bachchan’s run in film industry is what dreams are made of. Bachchan has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor and many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter.
We wish him a happy birthday and hope he continues to entertain us for more years.