Amitabh Bachchan, also known as the “Shahenshah of Bollywood“, is a legendary actor and one of the most recognized faces in Indian cinema. With a career spanning over five decades, he has acted in over 200 films and is considered as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema. In this article, we will take a closer look at his life and career, as well as his contributions to society and his enduring legacy.

Amitabh Bachchan Early Life and Family

Amitabh Bachchan was born on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a renowned Hindi poet, and his mother, Teji Bachchan, was a social activist. Amitabh attended Sherwood College, Nainital, and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delhi. He later pursued a career in acting and joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

Acting Career

a) Early Career

Amitabh Bachchan made his acting debut in 1969 with the film Saat Hindustani. However, it was not until 1971 that he got his big break with the film Anand, in which he played a supporting role. He went on to act in several films, including Parwana, Bombay to Goa, and Zanjeer. It was his role in Zanjeer that established him as a leading actor in Bollywood.

b) Rise to stardom

With his brooding intensity and charismatic persona, Amitabh Bachchan quickly became a favorite among audiences. He acted in several hit films during the 1970s and 1980s, including Sholay, Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, and Kabhi Kabhie. He also gained a reputation as a versatile actor, capable of playing a wide range of roles.

c) Superstardom

Amitabh Bachchan’s popularity continued to grow in the 1980s, and he became the biggest superstar in Bollywood. He acted in several blockbuster films, including Coolie, Mard, and Shahenshah. His on-screen persona was characterized by his deep baritone voice, intense eyes, and towering presence.

d) Coolie incident

In 1982, while filming the movie Coolie, Amitabh Bachchan suffered a near-fatal accident on the set. He was hospitalized for several months and underwent multiple surgeries. The incident garnered widespread media attention, and his fans prayed for his recovery. He eventually recovered and returned to acting with a renewed sense of purpose.

e) Health Issues

Amitabh Bachchan has had several health issues over the years, including tuberculosis, hepatitis B, and a ruptured intestine. He has also undergone several surgeries, including one to remove his spleen. Despite these setbacks, he has continued to act and inspire generations of actors.

f) Career fluctuations and sabbatical

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Amitabh Bachchan’s career went through a rough patch, and he faced several setbacks. He took a sabbatical from acting and ventured into business, but the venture was unsuccessful. However, he eventually made a comeback in the late 1990s with the film Mrityudata.

g) Business ventures and acting comeback

In addition to acting, Amitabh Bachchan has also ventured into business. He has been associated with several companies, including Just Dial and Birla Sun Life Insurance. He also made a successful comeback to acting with the films Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Baghban, and Black.

h) Return to prominence – Present

In recent years, Amitabh Bachchan has once again become a prominent figure in Bollywood. He has acted in several successful films, including Piku, Pink, and Badla, which have received critical acclaim and commercial success. He has also lent his voice to several films, including the Hindi version of Disney’s The Lion King. Additionally, he is a popular television host and has hosted several seasons of the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? called Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Other work

a) Television appearances

Apart from hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati, Amitabh Bachchan has appeared in several television shows and miniseries. He has also appeared in several commercials and brand endorsements.

b) Voice Acting

In addition to acting, Amitabh Bachchan is also a popular voice actor. He has lent his voice to several animated films, including The Incredibles and The Jungle Book. He has also narrated several documentaries and audio books.

c) Business Investments

Amitabh Bachchan has been associated with several business ventures, including a production company called ABCL and a chain of luxury hotels called The Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd. He has also been involved in several philanthropic initiatives and social causes.

Political Career

Amitabh Bachchan has been associated with several political parties over the years, including the Indian National Congress and the Samajwadi Party. He has also been a member of parliament from the Allahabad constituency. However, he later withdrew from active politics and stated that he would focus on his acting career.

Humanitarian and Social Causes

Amitabh Bachchan has been actively involved in several humanitarian and social causes. He has been associated with the United Nations and has worked towards raising awareness about polio eradication and other health issues. He has also been associated with several NGOs, including the HelpAge India and Plan India. Additionally, he has worked towards promoting education and literacy in India.

Personal Life

Amitabh Bachchan is married to actress Jaya Bachchan, and they have two children, Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda. Abhishek is also an actor in Bollywood, and Shweta is a journalist and author. Amitabh Bachchan is also a grandfather to Abhishek’s daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan.


Amitabh Bachchan has acted in over 200 films in his career. Some of his most iconic films include Sholay, Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Kabhi Kabhie, and Coolie. He has also acted in several recent films, including Piku, Pink, and Badla.

Acting roles[edit]

1969Saat HindustaniAnwar AliNational Film Award for Best Newcomer
1969Bhuvan ShomeNarrator
1971AnandDr. Bhaskar Banerjee a.k.a. Babu MoshayeFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1971Pyar Ki KahaniRam
1971ParwanaKumar Sen
1971Reshma Aur SheraChhotu
1971GuddiHimselfSpecial appearance
1971Piya Ka GharSpecial appearance
1972Bombay to GoaRavi Kumar
1972Bansi BirjuBirju
1972Ek NazarManmohan Tyagi “Akash”
1972Raaste Kaa PattharJai Shankar Rai
1972Garam MasalaRobert TaylorUncredited
1972JabanDalaljitSpecial appearance
1973ZanjeerInspector Vijay KhannaNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1973Bandhe HathShyamu / Deepak (Double Role)[a]
1973Gehri ChaalRatan
1973Namak HaraamVikram “Vicky” MaharajFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1973AbhimaanSubir Kumar
1973SaudagarMotallam “Moti”
1973Bada KabutarSpecial appearance
1974DostAnandSpecial appearance
1974KasautiAmitabh “Amit” Sharma
1974BenaamAmitabh “Amit” Shrivastav
1974Roti Kapda Aur MakaanVijay
1974Kunwara BaapAnthonySpecial appearance
1974MajboorRavi Khanna
1975DeewaarVijay VermaNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1975SholayJai (Jaidev)
1975FaraarRajesh “Raj”
1975Chhoti Si BaatGuest Appearance
1975Chupke ChupkeSukumar Sinha / Parimal Tripathi
1975MiliShekhar Dayal
1976Do AnjaaneAmit Roy / Naresh Dutt
1976Kabhi KabhieAmitabh MalhotraNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1976Hera PheriVijay / Inspector Heerachand
1976AdalatThakur Dharamchand “Dharma” / Raju (Double Role)[a]Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1976Balika BadhuVoice-over
1977CharandasQawwali singerSpecial appearance in song “‘Dekh Lo”
1977Amar Akbar AnthonyAnthony GonzalvesFilmfare Award for Best Actor
1977Immaan DharamAhmed Raza
1977Khoon PasinaShiva / Tiger
1977Shatranj Ke KhilariNarrator
1977Chala Murari Hero BanneHimselfSpecial appearance
1977AlaapAlok Prasad
1978Ganga Ki SaugandhJeeva
1978Kasme VaadeAmit / Shankar[a]
1978BesharamRam Kumar Chandra/Prince Chandrashekar
1978TrishulVijay KumarNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1978DonDon / Vijay[a]Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1978Muqaddar Ka SikandarSikandarNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1979The Great GamblerJay / Inspector Vijay[a]Also singer for “Do Lafzon Ki”
1979Gol MaalHimselfSpecial appearance
1979AhsaasHimselfSpecial appearance
1979JurmanaInder Saxena
1979ManzilAjay Chandra
1979Mr. NatwarlalNatwarlal / Avtar SinghAlso singer for “Mere Pas Aao”
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1979Kaala PattharVijay Pal SinghNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1979SuhaagAmit Kapoor
1979Cinema CinemaHimself
1980Do Aur Do PaanchVijay/Ram
1980DostanaVijay VarmaNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1980Ram BalramBalram Singh
1980ShaanVijay Kumar
1981CommanderTruck driverSpecial appearance
1981YaaranaKishan Kumar
1981Barsaat Ki Ek RaatACP Abhijeet Rai
1981AnusandhanACP Abhijeet RaiBengali film
1981NaseebJohnnyAlso playback singer for “Chal mere bhai”
1981Chashme BuddoorHimselfSpecial appearance
1981LawaarisHeeraNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Also playback singer for song “Mere Angene Mein”
1981SilsilaAmit MalhotraNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Also playback singer for:
“Neela Aasman”
Rang Barse Bhige Chunar Wali
1981KaaliaKallu / Kaalia
1981Vilayati BabuSpecial appearance
Punjabi film
1982Satte Pe SattaRavi Anand / Babu[a]
1982BemisalDr. Sudhir Roy / Adhir Roy[a]Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1982Desh PremeeMaster Dinanath / Raju[a]
1982Namak HalaalArjun SinghNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1982Khud-DaarGovind Srivastava / Chhotu Ustaad
1982ShaktiVijay KumarNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1983Andha KanoonJan Nissar Akhtar KhanGuest appearance Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
1983MahaanRana Ranveer / Guru / Inspector Shankar[b]
1983PukarRamdasAlso playback singer for “Tu maike mat jaiyo”
1983CoolieIqbal A. Khan
1984Kanoon Kya KaregaNarrator
1984Paan Khaye Saiyan HamaarHimselfSpecial appearance
1984Pet Pyaar Aur PaapHimselfGuest appearance
1984SharaabiVicky KapoorNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1985GeraftaarInsp. Karan Kumar Khanna
1985MardRajuNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1986Aakhree RaastaDavid D’Costa / Vijay Sandaliya[a]
1987JalwaHimselfSpecial appearance
1987Kaun Jeeta Kaun HaaraHimselfSpecial appearance
Also playback singer for “Jeevan pyar bina”
1988ShahenshahInspector Vijay Kumar Srivastava / ShahenshahNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1988Hero HiralalHimselfSpecial appearance
1988Gangaa Jamunaa SaraswatiGanga Prasad
1988Soorma BhopaliPolice InspectorSpecial appearance
1989ToofanShyam / Toofan[a]
1989JaadugarGoga / GogeshwarAlso playback singer for “Padosan Apni Murgi”
1989Main Azaad HoonAzaadAlso playback singer for “Itne Baazu”
1990AgneepathVijju / Vijay Deenanath ChauhanNational Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1990KroadhHimselfSpecial appearance
1990Aaj Ka ArjunBheema
1991HumTiger / Shekhar MalhotraFilmfare Award for Best Actor
1991AjoobaAjooba/Zaffar Ali Rizwan
1991AkaylaInspector Vijay Verma
1992Khuda GawahBadshah KhanNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
1992Zulm Ki HukumatNarrator
1993Professor Ki PadosanSpecial appearance
1994InsaniyatInspector Amar
1994AkkaHimselfSpecial appearance
Marathi film
1996Ghatak: LethalHimselfSpecial appearance
1996Tere Mere SapneNarratorAlso producer
1997MrityudataDr. Ram Prasad GhayalAlso producer
1998Major SaabMajor Jasbir Singh RanaAlso producer
1998Bade Miyan Chote MiyanInspector Arjun Singh / Bade Miyan[a]
1998Hero HindustaniNarrator
1999Lal BaadshahLal ‘Baadshah’ Singh / Ranbhir Singh[a]
1999SooryavanshamThakur Bhanu Pratap Singh / Heera Singh[a]Also singer for “Chori Se”
1999Biwi No.1HimselfSpecial appearance
1999Hindustan Ki KasamKabeera
1999KohramCol. Balbir Singh Sodi (Devraj Hathoda) / Dada Bhai
1999Hello BrotherGod (voice)
2000MohabbateinNarayan ShankarFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of LoveVijay Kapoor
2001AksInsp. Manu VermaAlso producer
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2001Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…Yashvardhan “Yash” RaichandNominated—Filmfare Award of Best Supporting Actor
Also singer for “Shava Shava”
2002AankhenVijay Singh RajputNominated—Filmfare Award of Best Supporting Actor
2002Hum Kisise Kum NahinDr. Rastogi
2002Agni VarshaDevrajSpecial appearance
2002KaanteYashvardhan Rampal ‘Major’Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2003ArmaanDr. Siddharth SinhaAlso singer for “Aao Milke Gaye”
2003Mumbai Se Aaya Mera DostNarrator
2003BoomBade Mia
2003BaghbanRaj MalhotraNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Also playback singer for
“Chali Chali”
“Holi Khele”
“Main Yaha”
2003Fun2shh… Dudes in the 10th CenturyNarrator
2004KhakeeDCP Anant Kumar ShrivastavaNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2004AetbaarDr. Ranveer MalhotraAlso singer for “Jeena Hai”
2004Insaaf: The JusticeNarrator
2004DevDCP Dev Pratap Singh
2004LakshyaCol. Sunil Damle
2004DeewaarMajor Ranvir Kaul
2004Kyun! Ho Gaya Na…Raj Chauhan
2004Hum Kaun Hai?Major Frank John Williams / Frank James Williams
2004Veer-ZaaraChoudhary Sumer SinghCameo appearance
Nominated—Filmfare Award of Best Supporting Actor
2004Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan SaathiyoMajor General Amarjeet Singh
2005BlackDebraj SahaiNational Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
2005Waqt: The Race Against TimeIshwarchand Thakur
2005Bunty Aur BabliDCP Dashrath SinghNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005SarkarSubhash Nagre (Sarkar)Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2005ViruddhVidhyadhar PatwardhanAlso producer
2005Ramji LondonwaleyHimselfSpecial appearance
2005Dil Jo Bhi Kahey…Shekhar Sinha
2005AmrithadhareHimselfSpecial appearance
Kannada film
2005Ek AjnabeeSuryaveer Singh
2006FamilyVirendra “Viren” Sahai Ruthless CriminalAlso producer
2006Darna Zaroori HaiSunil KhannaAppeared in one segment
2006Kabhi Alvida Naa KehnaSamarjit “Sam” TalwarNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006GangaThakur Vijay SinghBhojpuri film
2006BaabulBalraj KapoorAlso playback singer for “Come On” and “Kehta Hai Baabul”
2007Eklavya: The Royal GuardEklavya
2007NishabdVijay Anand
2007Ek Krantiveer: Vasudev Balwant PhadkeNarratorMarathi film
2007Cheeni KumBuddhadev Gupta
2007Shootout at LokhandwalaAdvocate Dhingra
2007Jhoom Barabar JhoomMan singing at the train stationSpecial appearance
2007AagBabban Singh
2007The Last LearHarish MishraEnglish language film
2007Om Shanti OmHimselfSpecial appearance
2007GangotriThakur Vijay ‘Thakur Kaka’ SinghBhojpuri film
2008Jodhaa AkbarNarrator
2008Yaar Meri ZindagiDr. Ajay Singh
2008BhoothnathKailash Nath a.k.a. BhoothnathAlso playback singer for “Mere Buddy” and “Chalo Jaane Do”
2008Sarkar RajSubhash Nagre (Sarkar)
2008God Tussi Great HoGod
2009Delhi-6DadajiSpecial appearance
Also playback singer for “Noor”
2009Zor Lagaa Ke…Haiya!Narrator
2009AladinGeniusAlso playback singer for
“Genie Rap”
“O re Sawariya”
2009PaaAuroNational Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Also producer
Also playback singer for “Mere Paa”
2010RannVijay Harshwardhan Malik
2010Teen PattiProf. Venkat Subramanium
2010KandaharLokanatha SharmaMalayalam film
2011Bbuddah… Hoga Terra BaapVijay ‘Vijju’ MalhotraAlso producer
Also playback singer for song “Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap”
2011AarakshanPrabhakar AnandNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2012KahaaniPlayback singer for song “Ekla Chalo Re
2012Mr. Bhatti on ChuttiHimselfSpecial appearance
2012DepartmentSarjerao Gaikwad
2012Bol BachchanHimselfPlayback singer and appeared in song “Bol Bachchan”
2012English VinglishPassenger in the aeroplaneSpecial appearance
2012Ganga DeviThakur Vijay SinghBhojpuri film
2013The Great GatsbyMeyer WolfsheimSpecial appearance
English language film
2013Bombay TalkiesHimselfSpecial appearance on segment “Murabba”
2013SatyagrahaDwarka Anand
2013Krrish 3Narrator
2013MahabharatBhishma (voice)Animated film
2014Bhoothnath ReturnsKhailash Nath a.k.a. Bhoothnath
2014ManamPratapSpecial appearance
Telugu film
2014KochadaiiyaanNarratorHindi version
2015ShamitabhAmitabh SinhaAlso producer
Also playback singer for song “Piddly”
2015Hey BroSpecial appearance in song “Birju”
2015PikuBhashkor BanerjeeNational Film Award for Best Actor
Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2016WazirPandit Omkarnath Dhar
2016Ki & KaHimselfSpecial appearance
2016Te3nJohn Biswas
2016PinkDeepak SehgalNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2017The Ghazi AttackNarratorHindi version
2017Begum JaanNarrator
2017Sarkar 3Subhash Nagre (Sarkar)
2017The Great LeaderLeaderBhojpuri film
2018Pad ManNarratorSpecial appearance
2018102 Not OutDattatraya Vakharia
2018Helicopter EelaCameo appearanceCameo appearance
2018Thugs of HindostanKhudabaksh Azaad
2019Manikarnika: The Queen of JhansiNarrator
2019BadlaBadal Gupta
2019Sye Raa Narasimha ReddyGosayi VenkannaTelugu film (dubbed himself for Hindi)
2020AB Aani CDHimselfMarathi film; Special appearance
2020GhoomketuHimselfSpecial appearance
2020Gulabo SitaboChunnan “Mirza” NawabFilmfare Critics Award For Best Actor Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2021ChehreAdvocate Lateef ZaidiAlso playback singer for song “Chehre – Title Track”
2022JhundVijay Borade
2022Radhe ShyamNarratorFor Hindi Version
2022Runway 34Narayan Vedant
2022Fakt Mahilao MateAmitbhai PatelGujarati film; special appearance
2022Brahmāstra: Part One – ShivaRaghu
2022Chup: Revenge of the ArtistAmitCameo appearance
2022GoodbyeHarish Bhalla
2022UunchaiAmit Srivastav
2023Ganapath daggerTBASpecial appearance
2023Ghoomer daggerTBASpecial appearance
2023The Umesh Chronicles daggerTBASpecial appearance
2023Project K daggerTBAFilming; shot simultaneously in Hindi and Telugu
2023Butterfly daggerplayback singer; Kannada film
2025Khakee 2DCP Anant Kumar Shrivastava

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Amitabh Bachchan’s legacy in Indian cinema spans over five decades and his impact on the industry is immeasurable. He is widely regarded as a cultural icon and his contribution to the film industry has been recognized with numerous awards and honours.

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His acting style, which is a perfect blend of intensity and naturalism, has influenced generations of actors in India. He has played a variety of roles in his career, ranging from angry young man to tragic hero, and his ability to effortlessly portray different characters has earned him the nickname “The Shahenshah of Bollywood.”

In addition to his acting prowess, Amitabh Bachchan is also known for his deep baritone voice, which has been described as a “national treasure.” His voice has been used in numerous films, commercials, and documentaries, and is instantly recognizable to audiences around the world.

Apart from his contributions to the film industry, Amitabh Bachchan has also been actively involved in several philanthropic initiatives and social causes. He has worked towards promoting education and literacy in India, raising awareness about health issues, and supporting the underprivileged sections of society.

In recognition of his contributions to the film industry and society at large, Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured with numerous awards, including the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan, which are among the highest civilian awards in India. He has also been honoured with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which is the highest honour in Indian cinema.

In conclusion, Amitabh Bachchan’s legacy in Indian cinema and society is unparalleled. He has inspired generations of actors, entertained millions of people, and worked towards making a positive impact on society. His towering presence and enduring legacy will continue to captivate audiences for generations to come.