I was never a movies-person, to be totally frank. Though I was familiar with names, I never fawned over anyone. This changed when the silver screen played the angry young man, a.k.a. Amitabh Bachchan.
49 years of cine-industry (still counting) and seriously, does he ever get old? He remains the same dynamic personality like he was in his first movie Saat Hindustani. October 11 marks the 75th birth anniversary of Big B. Let us all wish him a successful sweet life on this special occasion. Here are a few salient points that shaped Big B to the successful person he is today. Also, don’t miss the birthday letter for Big B included in the end!
Born – October 11, 1942
Birthplace – Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Father – Harivansh Rai Bachchan
Mother – Teji Bachchan
Initially named as – Inquilaab Shrivastava, a phrase taken from Inquilaab Zindabaad, which meant “Long live the revolution.”
Present name – Amitabh Bachchan, which means the light that will never die.
What an apt name for him, right? He is an inextinguishable light that’ll always stay glowing.
Wife – Jaya Bachchan
Son and his family – Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aaradhya Bachchan
Daughter – Shweta Bachchan Nanda
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Though their surname was actually Shrivastava, Harivansh Ji proved to all that one need not carry one’s given names. He adopted the name “Bachchan” as a pen name for his books. And the name he defined then, now defines the Bachchan family.
Hit films of Amitabh Bachchan
If you are a die-hard fan of Bachchan Saheb, even his flop movies will sparkle the words SUPER HIT to you. It is the immense joy of seeing him enact the written play as if he were living it. His anger is so lucid to the viewers that one cannot say that Big B is just a great actor. His occupation is to live behind a screen. A few movies plummeted his growth at rocket speed.
First film-fare Best supporting Actor – Anand (1971)
First Stardom film of his career – Zanjeer (1973)
Second film-fare Best supporting Actor – Namak Haraam, alongside Rajesh Khanna
He was the Lead Actor in the film Deewar (1975) which was listed in the top 25 must see Bollywood movies.
Sholay – This film marked the summit of his stardom, gaining him a lot of followers in the name of his acting. He dug a foundation for his name to be carved on the pillar of “Never-to-be-forgotten stars.”
First film-fare Best Actor Award – Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
Second film-fare Best Actor Award – Don (1978)
First National Film Award for Best Actor – Agneepath (1990)
Third film-fare Best Actor Award – Hum (1991)
These are just a few of the many awards he received. These may be physical representations of his worth but his true worth as an actor always lies in the hearts of his fans who adore him.
Click here for the list of must-see Big B movies!
A Birthday Letter To Big B
First things first – The family of The Magzone wishes Mr Amitabh Bachchan a very hearty Happy Birthday. Writing a blog on Big B doesn’t ask for a list of his movies or data about his personal life. These are thoughts for him – wishing him good luck, apart from the inclusion of Wikipedia details.
We’ve known you for different roles. As a tough nut to crack in Sholay; as the perfectly imperfect son to his own son in Paa. You’ve entertained us as a cruelly emotional ghost in Bhoothnath alongside a kid. If anyone asked us who’d be the perfect villain, we picture your face contorted in red hot rage, the creases around your eyes pulled taut as nerves start to bleed red lines in the whites of your eyes; your crooked smile with painted yellow teeth as they chew paan in perfect imitation of a local rowdy.
Not to forget, you are the best host television screen has ever seen! Kaun Banega Crorepati has won millions of hearts and we remember finishing all our works before the airing time of KBC just to see you let us welcome into the show with spread arms. To be honest, we never knew the answers to half the questions you asked in KBC and we knew, deep down, that you create tension with a full mind, on purpose. Yet, at the same time, we found ourselves at the edge of our seats, waiting nervously with twiddling fingers, for you to reveal the answer. And, if it was correct, we used to fist pump the air in triumph, along with the candidate sitting across you.
Yahaan sirf paise nahi
Dil bhi jeethe jaathe hain
Apart from your action, your voice was a love material to the youth and the old. That deep husky grating baritone voice was always followed by cheers and festive papers in theatres. We vividly remember, as soon as you walked that screen, it was partially blocked by colour papers and twinkling papers. At times, newspapers were torn to shreds and used too! We remember howling and whistling and shaking the theatre for one dialogue of yours.
There were times when our stomachs hurt due to your intense comedy scenes. Taking an example from the movie Namak Halaal, we understood that
You can walk English
Laugh English, coz
English is a very funny language
Bigger and greater than your stardom is your heart. You freed Sunder, an elephant who was being tortured in a temple and gave a message to our society –
That living is far greater than faulty acts
in the name of God.
Animals or Men – We are born to live
Not be tortured by others.
These words are our tribute to your never-ending hospitality towards your fans. You may not be celebrating your 75th birthday in public, as you’ve quoted. But, we do believe strongly that, Maldives or India or your home, the love for your fans will not be forgotten by you and we will always have a place in your heart. We’ll always be a part of your life and support your endeavours, wishing you success in all walks of your life.
We wish for you to celebrate many birthdays like today. From the younger ones, we have your good sayings to lead us on and from the older people, they give you cordial blessings – Ayushmaanbhava.
A birthday tribute to Amitabh Bachchan by college students who are studying in the college where Amitabh once went to – Click here!
Come on people! Tag Bachchan fans and let’s create a Hal-chal today. Wish our Megastar A very happy birthday in the comments below!