Amitabh Bachchan- Shahenshah of Bollywood
In India, Bachchan has come to be more than just a star. He has taken on the contours of a national icon. May be that’s why he is referred to as the Shahenshah of Bollywood- literally meaning the King of Kings, and why not? He is definitely the epitome of the whole Bollywood industry. But this tall man didn’t had an easy journey, the obstacles he faced are nothing less than the disaster and he overcome them like no one else. The man with unforgettable voice when entered the industry has faced several rejections.
But his undying will to become something made him more than just a star.
Amitabh was born in Allahabad. His father was a renowned Hindu poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He was initially named as Inquilab, a word taken from a famous phrase ‘Inquilab zindabad’ but later someone suggested to change his name as Amitabh. Their surname was Shrivastava, but his father has adopted a pen name of Bachchan and later Amitabh carried this surname along with him everywhere he went- and this is how he adopted the name Amitabh Bachchan. When he entered the Hindi cinema, the actor faced many rejections. His voice which is well appreciated today was surprisingly the main reason of his rejection back then. Bachchan made his film debut in 1969, as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s National Award-winning film Bhuvan Shome. After this he made many other films such as ‘Saath Hindustaani’, ‘Parwana’ and ‘Bombay to Goa’, but all these movies didn’t do well on the box office. Bachchan was struggling, seen as a “failed newcomer” who, by the age of 30, had twelve flops and only two hits. But things were about to change when the screenwriter duo- Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar recognized the talent of the young actor and thus casted him in the movie Zanjeer. He was given the role of “angry young man” which was totally opposite of the romantic hero which was in trend those days. Zanjeer turned out to be the blockbuster hit and his performance made him get his first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor, with Filmfare later considering this one of the most iconic performances of Bollywood history. It was the highest grossing film of that year. It was during this period when the actor married Jaya- prominent actress of the same era. They together made many movies not only Zanjeer but also subsequent films such as Abhimaan, which was released only a month after their marriage and was also successful at the box office.
He later released many blockbuster hits such as Deewar, Sholay, Trishul, Kaala Patthar, Shakti and many more. He became the leading choice of many directors like Yash Chopra and Manmohan Desai, with whom Amitabh had a long collaboration. His image of ‘angry young man’ made him people favourite and the young girls were going crazy over him. After the release of Deewar and Sholay- the actor gained the superstardom. Both the movies did exceptionally well at the box office and were referred to as most prominent movies in the history of Bollywood. They were the highest grossing film ever in India. The judges of the 50th annual Filmfare Awards awarded Sholay with the special distinction award called the Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years. In 1976, he was cast by Yash Chopra in the romantic family drama Kabhie Kabhie for which he was nominated for the Filmfare award. That same year he played a double role in Adalat as father and son. In 1977, he won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Amar Akbar Anthony. The film was the highest-grossing film of that year. His other successes that year include Parvarish and Khoon Pasina. And this is how he went on making great hits back to back. Even at the age of 60, Amitabh was the most dashing actor of the time. He played the role of father in many movies alongside Sharukh Khan. Till date Amitabh keep on making movies which are much to our surprise great hits. His movie “Paa” was one of his greatest movie ever where he played the role of a child suffering from Progeria- a rare genetic disorder. Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, in real life, are father and son, but in Paa, they played opposite roles. So it’s not hard to imagine how much dedication his role must have taken. In 2016, he appeared in the women centric courtroom drama film Pink which was highly praised by critics and with an increasingly good word of mouth, was a resounding success at the domestic and overseas box office. Amitabh is undoubtable the gem of Indian Cinema.
Bachchan was crowned as Superstar of the Millennium in 2000 at the Filmfare Awards. In 2003, he was conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of the French town of Deauville. The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015. Alongside these Amitabh has won several other awards, well to be honest the list is never ending- and it’s not hard to imagine why. His performances throughout the years are exceptionally well and have earned him a great fandom. If we talk about the god of acting in Indian cinema then it’s none other than Amitabh Bachchan.