Amitabh Bachchan a.ka. Amitabh Harivansh Srivastava, The first Asian actor having a wax model displayed at Madame Tussaud’s in London, UK. He is son of well known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan. Although his family surname was Shrivastava Harivansh Rai adopted pen name Bachchan and hence the surname continued. He has a brother named Ajitabh. Bachchan was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh on 11 October 1942.
Film makers rejected him for being 6 feet 3 inches and had no confidence in him. He auditioned for a voice test at All India Radio but was rejected.A tall and thin young man who known for his voice entered the city of dreams had to face rejections because of these two qualities of his.
Amitabh Bachchan made his film debut with Saat Hindustani in 1969 alongside Utpal Dutt and Madhu. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the “angry young man” of Hindi cinema, and has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. His favourite screen name is Vijay, which he had as his character name in over 20 movies.
Amitabh married Jaya Bhaduri on 3rd June 1973, they gave birth to two children Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Nanda. Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career,including four National Film Awards, three of which are in the Best Actor category, and thirteen Filmfare Awards. He holds the record for most number of Best Actor and Best Supporting 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.
He established an entertainment company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (A.B.C.L.) in 1996 which had a vision to deal with film production, distribution, video discs, audio, event management etc. But due to heavy losses incurred in Miss World beauty pageant 1996,in Bangalore the company was shut down in 1997. He hosted Kaun Banega Crorepati on STAR Plus in 2000. It was a huge hit and it was this show which helped him a lot during his financial crisis.