The 'Angry young man' of the Hindi Cinema, The Shahenshah of
Bollywood, The Uncrowned King of the Indian Film Industry, or quite
simply, The Big 'B'. Amitabh Bachan is a phenomenon by himself. The actor, who won a 'star'
status from his first hit, "Zanjeer", reigned over the film industry for over two
and a half decades, and is still shining. In fact, shining brighter than the newest stars
in the Galaxy called 'Bollywood'. But getting to this undisputed status was certainly
not a cake-walk, for this simpleton from U.P.
Born on 11th October 1942, in Allahabad, Amitabh Bachan is the first of the two
sons, a perfect blend of the intellect and strength. Of the east and the west.
His father, Harivansh Rai Bachan, was an acclaimed peot and a writer, who came
from a very eastern background and his mother, Teji, was from Karachi, a Sikh.
After his schooling at Sherwood College, in Nainital, he moved to Delhi University
to pursue his degree in Arts. Amitabh Bachan had to face rejections right after his graduation,
from getting himself a worthwhile job, because of his introvert and shy nature.
And finally, he left for Kolkata, where he secured the job of an executive, in a
shipping firm .
But, after a few years in Calcutta, he realised that, all along, he
had an immense interest in movies. Still very shy to make any effort, and after much
contemplation and fighting within his mind whether or not to take the plunge,
he finally chucked his job and landed himself in the 'Tinsel Town', and what followed
that, is not the history of any individual, but that which changed the history of
Bollywood itself. However, Amitabh Bachan had to taste his own share of failures in the
form of flops and barely noticed films at the outset of his career, such as 'Saat
Hindustani', 'Saudagar'etc., before exploding as the 'Angry young Man' in 'Zanjeer',
which not only brought success to the Star, but changed the face of Bollywood for the
next two decades. It was the beginning of the 'Amitabh Bachan Era'. He became the 'known by all'
formula for hit movies, and movies with Amitabh Bachan, were none but hits. His charm, his
charisma, not only tantalised the Indian audience, but Bollywood got notice and recognition
even in the international arena, just because of the Big B. He became the 'un-appointed'
Ambassador of Bollywood. He is inarguably, the most recognized faces in India and one of
the most, across the globe. This became evident when he was estabilished as the star of
the millennium, by a BBC poll, where the public placed him ahead of every other charismatic
icon of the globe, past or present.