1. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Deewar and Zanjeer, and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood.
2. He has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades.
3. Bachchan has won many major awards in his career, including three National Film Awards as Best Actor, a number of awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies and fourteen Filmfare Awards.
4. He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 39 nominations overall.
5. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions to the arts.
6. Bachchan made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with The Great Gatsby, in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.
7. Bachchan was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, in north central India. Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired by the phrase Inquilab Zindabad popularly used during the Indian independence struggle.
8. He later attended Kirori Mal College, Delhi University. He has a younger brother, Ajitabh.
9. His mother had a keen interest in theatre and was offered a feature film role, but she preferred her domestic duties.
10. Teji had some influence in Amitabh Bachchan’s choice of career because she always insisted that he should “take the centre stage.”
11. The couple have two children, Shweta Nanda (wife of businessman Nikhil Nanda) and Abhishek Bachchan (actor and husband of actress Aishwarya Rai).
12. Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome.
13. His role as a doctor with a cynical view of life garnered Bachchan his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award.
14. He then played his first antagonist role as an infatuated lover-turned-murderer in Parwaana (1971).
15. During this time, he made a guest appearance in the film Guddi which starred his future wife Jaya Bhaduri.
16. In 1972 he made an appearance in the road action comedy Bombay to Goa directed by S. Ramanathan.
17. Many of Bachchan’s films during this early period did not do well, but that was about to change.
18. Director Prakash Mehra cast him in the leading role for the film Zanjeer (1973) as Inspector Vijay Khanna.
19. He earned his first Filmfare nomination for Best Actor for Zanjeer.
20. The year 1973 was also when he married Jaya, and around this time they appeared in several films together; not only in Zanjeer but in films such as Abhimaan which followed and was released only a month after their marriage and was also successful at the box office.