2012-10-11 14:06:51 - This week, celebrating his 70th birthday and reminiscing the journey of his life will be the episode of Factrichi 100 Varsh, tune in on Sunday, 14th October 2012 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.
Popularly known as the ‘angry young man’ in the 70’s due to his portrayal of such roles in films. More often than not, Amitabh Bachchan is regarded as the greatest and most influential actor in the history of Indian cinema. The trademark deep baritone voice, the tall, brooding persona, and intense eyes, made Amitabh Bachchan the ideal "angry young man". He has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter and is the recipient of the Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan civilian awards.
The son of the late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan, Amitabh was born in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. He moved to Bombay and struggled for a while to get his foot in the
door of the Hindi film industry. Starting with the low key Saat Hindustani, he struggled through many roles and was relegated at times to doing voice-overs and in one instance playing a deaf-mute. He broke through with Zanjeer in 1973 playing opposite his real-life love interest and future wife Jaya Bhaduri. Bachchan reworked the image of the Hindi film hero with major hits like Deewar, Sholay, Trishul, Don, Aanand, Mili, Kabhie Kabhie and Shakti. He proved that he had an equal flair for tragedies (Deewar, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Shakti) and comedies (Chupke Chupke, Don, Naseeb, Amar Akbar Anthony) as well.
Amitabh Bachchan was dubbed the Superstar, sharing that title with Rajesh Khanna, from 1975 until the mid 1980s.From 1985-1999 he had many flops and people criticized for playing same roles repeatedly. At the height of his popularity he was injured in an accident while shooting for the film Coolie - long lines of people prayed for his recovery at the Breach Candy hospital, underscoring his mega-star status. After seeing some serious lows, he returned as a television presenter in Kaun Banega Crorepati which became an overnight success. Since 2000, he played roles in various films such as Mohobbatein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Khakee, Dev, Black, Baghban, Babul, Paa etc.
It is difficult to say in a few words what this man has done for Indian cinema. At the ripe age of 70, he is one of the greatest icons the country would see. Tune in to Factrichi 100 varsh on Sunday, 14th October 2012 at 1:30 pm and 9:30 pm only on IBN-Lokmat.