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Amitabh Bachchan Early Life

Updated on November 18, 2010

Amitabh Bachchan - Early Life

Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan born on 11 October 1942, is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema, and has since become one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema.

Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career, including three National Film Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards. He holds the record for most number of Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare Awards. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter, and was an elected member of the Indian Parliament from 1984 to 1987.

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Amitabh Bacchan childhood

Personal profile

Original Name: Amitabh Bachchan

Nick Name: Amit

Commonly Known Name: BIG B

Date of Birth (Birthday): 11 October, 1942

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Height: 6′3

Eye Color: Black

Hair Color: Black

Birth Place: Allahabad

Religion: Hindu

Education: Sherwood College, Nainital, and Kirori Mal College, Delhi University

Marital Status: Married

Languages: Hindi, English, Punjabi

Amitabh Likes & Family Background


Dish/ Recipes: Indian Vegetarian Food

Actress: Jaya Bahaduri, Aishwarya Rai

Movies: Ganga Jamuna and Pyaasa

Destination: Peacefull Places

Perfumes: All Table Perfumes

Family Background

Father's Name: Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Mother's Name: Teji Bachchan

Spouse: Jaya Bhaduri

Son: Abhishek Bachchan

Daughter: Shweta

Amitabh with his Father - Harivansh Rai Bachchan - The great father of great son.

Cute Amitabh

Born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Amitabh Bachchan hails from a Hindu-Sikh family. His father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a well-known Hindi poet, while his mother, Teji Bachchan was a Sikh-Punjabi from Faisalabad (now in Pakistan). Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired from the famous phrase Inquilab Zindabad, during the Indian independence struggle, but was re-named Amitabh which means, "the light that would never go off." Though his surname was Shrivastava, his father had adopted the pen-name Bachchan, under which he published all his works. It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films, and, for all public purposes, it has become the surname of all members of his current family.

Amitabh Bachchan Family - Amitabh - Jaya - Shweta - Abhishek

Amitabh Background

Amitabh is the eldest of Harivansh Rai Bachchan's two sons, the second being Ajitabh. His mother had a keen interest in theatre and had been offered a role in a film, but preferred her domestic duties. She had some degree of influence in Bachchan's choice of career because she always insisted that he should take the centre stage. He attended Allahabad's Jnana Prabodhini and Boys' High School (BHS), followed by Nainital's Sherwood College, where he majored in the art stream. He later went on to study at Kirori Mal College of the University of Delhi and completed a Bachelor of Science degree. In his twenties, Bachchan gave up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Calcutta now known as Kolkata, to pursue a career in acting.

Amitabh Bachchan with Indira Gandhi

Early work: 1969–1972

Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as one of the seven protagonists in Saat Hindustani, a film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and featuring Utpal Dutt, Madhu and Jalal Agha. Though the film was not a financial success, Bachchan won his first National Film Award for Best Newcomer.

Early work: 1969-1972 ...

The critically acclaimed and commercially successful Anand (1971) followed, where he starred alongside Rajesh Khanna. Bachchan's role as a doctor with a cynical view of life garned him a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Amitabh then played the role of an infatuated lover in Parwaana (1971) opposite Navin Nischol, Yogeeta Bali and Om Prakash and was a rare instance of him portraying the villain. This was followed by several films which were not particularly successful at the box office including Reshma Aur Shera (1971). During this time, he made a guest appearance in the film Guddi which starred his future wife Jaya Bhaduri opposite Dharmendra. Noted for his deep baritone voice early on in his career, he narrated part of the film Bawarchi. In 1972, he made an appearance in the road action comedy Bombay to Goa, directed by S. Ramanathan. He starred alongside actors such as Aruna Irani, Mehmood, Anwar Ali and Nasir Hussain.

A must watch Movie of Amitabh - Zanzeer - The first hit of Angry Young Man


The movie from which the Amitabh Career started as a star !!!


Amitabh bachchan with his small child

Filmography - Latest Films

The rise was in his eyes from beginning

Amitabh Bachchan as producer

The other side of Angryman Amitabh - The Cute look!

Amitabh as Playback Singer

Amitabh with kids- Shweta & Abhishek

Amitabh Bachchan Family

Amitabh - Jaya wedding

Amitabh Jaya wedding

Amitabh Bachchan From His Childhood - The Living Legend

Amitabh Movies you must have if you are Amitabh fan...

Jaya Bachchan with young Abishek

Piya - Amitabh Bachchan & Jaya Bhaduri - Abhimaan

Jaya Bachchan with young children

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