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Amitabh Bachchan - The Megastar

Amitabh Bachchan - 'The Megastar'

Amitabh Bachhan is undoubtly the ruling king of the commerical Hindi film industry. Dearly being called “Amitji” and “Big B” he is the living legend of the film industry. He is still the highest paid and most sought after Bollywood actor today.

Birth: 11 October 1942

Birthplace........ Allahabad

Father ..............Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Mother.............Teji Bachchan  

Wife................ Jaya Bachchan,

Daughter......... Shweta Nanda 

Son-in-law .....Nikhil Nanda

Son .................Abhishek Bachchan and

Daughter-in-law........ Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Grand children.......... Navya Naveli and Agatsya Nanda and newly born Baby Aaradhya Bachchan

Brother-- Ajitabh Bachchan


Born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Amitabh Bachchan hails from a Hindu Kayastha family. His father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a well-known Hindi poet, while his mother Teji Bachchan was a Sikh-Punjabi from Faisalabad (now in Pakistan).

Bachchan was initially named Inquilaab, inspired from the famous phrase Inquilab Zindabad, during the Indian independence struggle. However, at the suggestion of fellow poet Sumitranandan Pant, Harivansh Rai changed the name to Amitabh which means, "the light that would never go off." Though his surname was Shrivastava, his father had adopted the pen-name Bachchan (meaning child-like in colloquial Hindi), under which he published all his works. It is with this last name that Amitabh debuted in films, and, for all public purposes, it has become the surname of all members of his family. Bachchan's father died in 2003, and his mother in 2007. Amitabh is the eldest of Harivansh Rai Bachchan's two sons, the second being Ajitabh. He was a shy kid and his father, the great poet Harisvansh Rai Bhachan helped him overcome this.


He attended Allahabad's Jnana Prabodhini and Boys' High School (BHS), followed by Nainital's Sherwood College, where he majored in the art stream. He later went on to study at Kirori Mal College of the University of Delhi and completed a Bachelor of Science degree.


In his twenties, Bachchan gave up a job as freight broker for the shipping firm, Bird and Co., based in Calcutta now known as Kolkata, to pursue a career in acting. His son Abhishek is also an actor by his own rights. Amitabh and Jaya were interested in getting Abhishek married to Karishma Kapoor, the daughter of Babita and Randhi Kapoor, they went through a formal engagement, but later broke it off. The former Miss World and Bollywood actress, Aishwarya Rai, and Abhishek, were formally engaged on Sunday January 14, 2007, at the Bachchan residence in Juhu, Bombay, with the marriage taking place at the Bachchan residence on April 20, 2007. He was closely associated with Indira Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister, and her son, Rajiv Gandhi. It was Mrs. Gandhi who wrote a letter of introduction for Amitabh, and that's how he got his break in Bollywood. He was the original choice to play a role in Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Has a mannequin of himself in Madam Tussaud's Museum in England along with Aishwariya Rai Bachchan , Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan.

EARLY FILMS ( 1969–1972 ) :-

Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome. Thereafter he got his first acting role as one of the seven protagonists in Saat Hindustani, a film directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas and featuring Utpal Dutt, Madhu and Jalal Agha.

Though the film was not a financial success, Bachchan won his first National Film Award for Best Newcomer.

 Anand (1971) followed, where he starred alongside Rajesh Khanna. Bachchan's role as a doctor with a cynical view of life garned him his first Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Amitabh then played his first negative role as an infatuated lover-turned-murderer in Parwaana (1971). This was followed by several films including Reshma Aur Shera (1971). During this time, he made a guest appearance in the film Guddi which starred his future wife Jaya Bhaduri. He narrated part of the film Bawarchi.

In 1972, he made an appearance in the road action comedy Bombay to Goa, directed by S. Ramanathan.

RISE TO STARDOM ( 1973–1983 ) :-

Director Prakash Mehra cast him in the leading role for the film Zanjeer (1973) as Inspector Vijay Khanna. The film was a sharp contrast to the romantically themed films and established Amitabh in a new persona—the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema.

He earned a Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor. 1973 was also the year 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.

Later, Bachchan played the role of Vikram in the film Namak Haraam, a social drama directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. His supporting role won him his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. In 1974, Bachchan made several guest appearances in films such as Kunwara Baap and Dost, before playing a supporting role in Roti Kapda Aur Makaan. The film, directed and written by Manoj Kumar. Bachchan then played the leading role in film Majboor (1974), which was a remake of the Hollywood film Zigzag. The film was only a moderate success at the box office. In 1975, he starred in a variety of film genres from the comedy Chupke Chupke, the crime drama Faraar to the romantic drama Mili. 1975 was the year when he appeared in two films which are regarded as important in Hindi cinematic history. He starred in the Yash Chopra directed film Deewar, opposite Shashi Kapoor, Nirupa Roy, and Neetu Singh, which earned him a Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor.

The film became a major hit at the box office in 1975, ranking in at number 4. Indiatimes Movies ranks Deewaar amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. Released on 15 August 1975 was Sholay (meaning flames), which became the highest grossing film of all time in India, earning INR 2,36,45,00,000 equivalent to US$ 60 million, after adjusting for inflation.Bachchan played the role of Jaidev. In 1999, BBC India declared it the "Film of the Millennium" and like Deewar, has been cited by Indiatimes movies as amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films. In that same year, the judges of the 50th annual Filmfare awards awarded it with the special distinction award called Filmfare Best Film of 50 Years. Bachchan starred in comedies such as Chupke Chupke (1975) and Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). In 1976, he was once again cast by director Yash Chopra in his second film, Kabhi Kabhie, a romantic tale in which Bachchan starred as a young poet named Amit Malhotra who falls deeply in love with a beautiful young girl named Pooja played by actress Rakhee Gulzar. The film saw him again nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award. In 1977, he won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in Amar Akbar Anthony where he played the third lead opposite Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor as Anthony Gonsalves.

In 1978 he starred in all four of the highest grossing films of India in that year.He once again resumed double roles in films such as Kasme Vaade as Amit and Shankar and Don playing the characters of Don, a leader of an underworld gang and his look alike Vijay. His performance won him his second Filmfare Best Actor Award. He also performed in Trishul and Muqaddar Ka Sikander which both earned him further Filmfare Best Actor nominations. He was billed a "one-man industry" by the French director François Truffaut. In 1979, for the first time, Amitabh was required to use his singing voice for the film Mr. Natwarlal in which he starred alongside Rekha. His performance in the film saw him nominated for both the Filmfare Best Actor Award and the Filmfare Best Male Playback Awards. In 1979, he also received Best Actor nomination for Kaala Patthar (1979). He was nominated again in 1980 for the Raj Khosla directed film Dostana, in which he starred opposite Shatrughan Sinha and Zeenat Aman. Dostana proved to be the top grossing film of 1980. In 1981, he starred in Yash Chopra's melodrama film Silsila, where he starred alongside his wife Jaya and rumoured lover Rekha. Other films of this period include Ram Balram (1980), Shaan (1980), Lawaaris (1981), and Shakti (1982) which pitted him against legendary actor Dilip Kumar.

1982 INJURY :-

On 26 July 1982,while filming coolie in the University Campus in Bangalore, Bachchan suffered a near fatal intestinal injury during the filming of a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar. Bachchan was performing his own stunts in the film and one scene required him to fall onto a table and then on the ground. However as he jumped towards the table, the corner of the table struck his abdomen, resulting in a splenic rupture from which he lost a significant amount of blood. He required an emergency splenectomy and remained critically ill in hospital for many months, at times close to death. The public response included prayers in temples and offers to sacrifice limbs to save him, while later, there were long queues of well-wishing fans outside the hospital where he was recuperating. Nevertheless, he spent many months recovering and resumed filming later that year after a long period of recuperation. The film was released in 1983, and partly due to the huge publicity of Bachchan's accident, the film was a box office success. Later, he was diagnosed with Myasthenia gravis. His illness made him feel weak both mentally and physically and he decided to quit films and venture into politics.

 POLITICS 1984–87 :-

In 1984, Bachchan took a break from acting and briefly entered politics in support of long-time family friend, Rajiv Gandhi. He contested Allahabad's seat of 8th Lok Sabha against H. N. Bahuguna, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and won by the one of the highest victory margins in general election history. His political career, however, was short-lived: he resigned after three years, calling politics a cesspool. The resignation followed the implication of Bachchan and his brother in the "Bofors scandal" by a newspaper, which he vowed to take to court. Bachchan was eventually found not guilty of involvement in the ordeal


After his four consecutive flops in the late 80’s Mr. Bachchan rolled back with Aaj Ka Arjun and Agneepath. He had a downhill slide when Insaniyaat and Mrityudaata flopped.
In 1988, Bachchan returned to films, playing the title role in Shahenshah, which was a box office hit. After the success of his comeback film however, his star power began to wane as all of his subsequent films failed at the box office. The 1991 hit film, Hum, for which he won his third Filmfare Best Actor Award, looked like it might reverse this trend, but the momentum was short-lived as his string of box office failures continued. During this period that Bachchan won his first National Film Award for Best Actor, for his performance as a Mafia don in the 1990 film Agneepath. After the release of Khuda Gawah in 1992, Bachchan went into semi-retirement for five years. In 1994, one of his delayed films Insaniyat was released but was also a box office failure.

PRODUCER AND ACTING COMEBACK ( 1996–99 ):- ===========================================

Bachchan turned producer during his temporary retirement period, setting up Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, Ltd. (A.B.C.L.) in 1996, with the vision of becoming a 10 billion rupees (approx 250 million $US) premier entertainment company by the year 2000. ABCL's strategy was to introduce products and services covering the entire section of the India's entertainment industry. Its operations were mainstream commercial film production and distribution, audio cassettes and video discs, production and marketing of television software, celebrity and event management. Soon after the company was launched in 1996, the first film was produced by the company 'Tere Mere Sapne' failed to do well at the box office but launched the careers of actors such as Arshad Warsi and South films star Simran. ABCL produced a few other films, none of which did well.


In 1997, Bachchan attempted to make his acting comeback with the film Mrityudaata, produced by ABCL. Though Mrityudaata, the film was a failure both financially and critically. ABCL was the main sponsor of the 1996 Miss World beauty pageant, Bangalore but lost millions. The fiasco and the consequent legal battles surrounding ABCL and various entities after the event, coupled with the fact that ABCL was reported to have overpaid most of its top level managers, eventually led to its financial and operational collapse in 1997. The company went into administration and was later declared a failed company by Indian Industries board. The Bombay high court, in April 1999, restrained Bachchan from selling off his Bombay bungalow 'Prateeksha' and two flats till the pending loan recovery cases of Canara Bank were disposed of. Bachchan had, however, pleaded that he had mortgaged his bungalow to Sahara India Finance for raising funds for his company. Bachchan attempted to revive his acting career and had average success with Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998), and received positive reviews for Sooryavansham (1999) but other films such as Lal Baadshah (1999) and Hindustan Ki Kasam (1999) were box office failures.

 RETURN TO PROMINENCE (2000–present) :-

In 2000, Amitabh Bachchan appeared in Yash Chopra's box-office hit, Mohabbatein, directed by Aditya Chopra.His role won him his third Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award. Other hits followed, with Bachchan appearing as an older family patriarch in Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Baghban (2003). As an actor, he continued to receive critical praise for his performances in Aks (2001), Aankhen (2002), Khakee (2004) and Dev (2004). One project that did particularly well for Bachchan was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black (2005). The film won him his second National Film Award for Best Actor and fourth Filmfare Best Actor Award. Taking advantage of this resurgence, Amitabh began endorsing a variety of products and services, appearing in many television and billboard advertisements. In 2005 and 2006, he starred with his son Abhishek in the hit films Bunty Aur Babli (2005),Sarkar (2005), and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (2006). All of them were successful at the box office. His later releases in 2006 and early 2007 were Baabul (2006), Eklavya and Nishabd (2007). In May 2007, two of his films Cheeni Kum and the multi-starrer Shootout at Lokhandwala were released. Shootout at Lokhandwala did very well at the box office and was declared a hit in India, while Cheeni Kum picked up after a slow start and was declared an overall average hit. A remake of his biggest hit, Sholay (1975), entitled Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, released in August of that same year and proved to be a major commercial failure. The year also marked Bachchan's first appearance in an English-language film, Rituparno Ghosh's The Last Lear. He received positive reviews from critics. Vivek Sharma's Bhoothnath, in which he plays the title role as a ghost, was released in 2008. Sarkar Raj, the sequel of the 2005 film Sarkar, released in 2008 and received a positive response at the box-office. His movie Paa released at the end of 2009. It won him his third National Film Award for Best Actor and fifth Filmfare Best Actor Award. Later Aladin(2009),Teen Patti, Rann (2010) were released. In 2010, he debuted in Malayalam film through Kandahar, directed by Major Ravi and co-starring Mohanlal.The film was based on the hijacking incident of the Indian Airlines Flight 814. In 2011 F.A.L.T.U. , Bbuddhah Hoga Terra Baap and Aarakshan were released. In 1996, he released an album called "Aby Baby". This album was released under ABCL and featured songs like "Eer Bir Phatte" and remixes of his songs from his early movies "O Saathi Re" and "Kabhi Kabhi".



Housefull 2 (June 1, 2012) (Under Production)

English Vinglish (2012) (Under Production) ...... Cameo Mr. Bhatti

On Chutti (August 26, 2011) (Completed) ...... Special Appearance

Aarakshan (August 12, 2011) (Released) ...... Dr. Prabhakar Anand

Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap (July 1, 2011) (Released) ...... Vijju

Time Machine (2011) (To Go On Floor)

Pocket Maar (2011) (To Go On Floor)

Buddha (2011) (To Go On Floor)

Aankhen 2 (2011) (Stuck/On Hold)

Buddham Sharanam Gachhami (2011) (Under Production)

Johnny Mastana (2011) (Under Production)

Kandahar (2011) (Under Production) ...... Major Mahadevan

 Johny Walker (2011) (Stuck/On Hold)

Power (2011) (Under Production) Bhairavi (2011) (Stuck/On Hold)

Zamaanat (2011) (Stuck/On Hold)

Taalismaan (2011) (To Go On Floor)

Kamagata Maru (2011) (Stuck/On Hold) ...... Gurdit Singh (Approached)

Chenab Gandhi (2011) (Under Production)

Struggler (2011) (Post-Production) ...... As Himself

64 Squares (2011) (Stuck/On Hold)

Teen Patti (February 26, 2010) (Released) ...... Prof. Venkat Subramaniam

Rann (January 29, 2010) (Released) ...... Vijay Harshvardhan Malik

Paa (December 4, 2009) (Released) ...... Auro

Aladin (October 30, 2009) (Released) ...... Genius, The Genie

Delhi-6 (February 20, 2009) (Released) ...... Roshan Mehra (Grand Father)

The Last Lear (September 12, 2008) (Released) ...... Harish Mishra

God Tussi Great Ho (August 15, 2008) (Released) ...... God

Sarkar Raj (June 6, 2008) (Released) ...... Subhash Nagare 'Sarkar'

Bhoothnath (May 9, 2008) (Released) ...... Bhoothnath (Kailash Nath)

Om Shanti Om (November 9, 2007) (Released) ...... Himself (Special Appearance)

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (August 31, 2007) (Released) ...... Babban

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (June 15, 2007) (Released) ...... Sutradhar

Cheeni Kum (May 25, 2007) (Released) ...... Buddhadev Gupta

Shoot Out At Lokhandwala (May 25, 2007) (Released) ...... Dingra

Nishabd (March 2, 2007) (Released) ...... Vijay

Eklavya - The Royal Guard (February 16, 2007) (Released) ...... Eklavya

Gangotri (2007) (Released)

Baabul (December 8, 2006) (Released) ...... Balraj Kapoor

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (August 11, 2006) (Released) ...... Samarjit Singh Talwar Aka Sam

Darna Zaroori Hai (April 28, 2006) (Released) ...... Professor

Family - Ties Of Blood (January 12, 2006) (Released) ...... Viren Sahi

Ganga (2006) (Released) ...... Thakur (Special Appearance)

Amrithadhare (December 30, 2005) (Released) ...... Himself

Ek Ajnabee (December 9, 2005) (Released) ...... Col. Suryaveer Singh

Dil Jo Bhi Kahey (September 23, 2005) (Released) ...... Shekhar Sinha

Ramji Londonwaley (September 2, 2005) (Released) ...... Himself (Special Appearance)

Ram Balram Aur Ramkali (August 5, 2005) (Released)

Marche De L'Empereur, La (July 22, 2005) (Released) ...... Narrator

Viruddh (July 22, 2005) (Released) ...... Vidhyadhar Patwardhan

Sarkar (July 1, 2005) (Released) ...... Subhash Nagre (Sarkar)

Paheli (June 24, 2005) (Released) ...... Gadariya

Parineeta (June 10, 2005) (Released) ...... Narrator

Bunty Aur Babli (May 27, 2005) (Released) ...... Dashrath Singh

Waqt - Race Against Time (April 22, 2005) (Released) ...... Ishwarchandra Sharawat

Black (February 4, 2005) (Released) ...... Debraj Sahai

Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo (December 24, 2004) (Released) ...... Major General Amarjeet Singh

 Veer Zaara (November 12, 2004) (Released) ...... Choudhary Sumer Singh(Special Appearance)

Hum Kaun Hai (September 3, 2004) (Released) ...... Major Frank John Williams/Frank James Williams

Kyun! Ho Gaya Na (August 13, 2004) (Released) ...... Raj Chauhan

Deewaar (June 25, 2004) (Released) ...... Maj. Ranvir Kaul

Lakshya (June 18, 2004) (Released) ...... Colonel Suneil Damle

Dev (June 11, 2004) (Released) ...... JCP. Dev Pratap Singh

Insaaf - The Justice (March 5, 2004) (Released) ...... Narrator

Rudraksh (February 13, 2004) (Released) ...... Narrator

Aetbaar (January 23, 2004) (Released) ...... Dr. Ranveer Malhotra

Khakee (January 23, 2004) (Released) ...... DCP Anant Kumar Shrivastav

fun2ssh (December 19, 2003) (Released) ...... Narrator

Baghban (October 3, 2003) (Released) ...... Raj Malhotra

Boom (September 19, 2003) (Released) ...... Bade Mia

Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost (August 22, 2003) (Released) ...... Narrator

 Armaan (May 16, 2003) (Released) ...... Dr. Siddharth Sinha

Khushi (February 7, 2003) (Released) ...... Narrator

Kaante (December 20, 2002) (Released) ...... Yashvardhan Rampal 'Major'

 Agni Varsha (August 30, 2002) (Released) ...... Indra (Special Appearance)

Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin (May 31, 2002) (Released) ...... Dr. Rastogi

Aankhen (April 5, 2002) (Released) ...... Vijay Singh Rajput

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (December 14, 2001) (Released) ...... Yashovardhan

Aks (July 13, 2001) (Released) ...... Manu Verma

Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India (June 15, 2001) (Released) ...... Narrator

Ek Rishtaa - The Bond Of Love (May 18, 2001) (Released) ...... Vijay Kapoor

Mohabbatein (October 27, 2000) (Released) ...... Narayan Shankar

Hello Brother (September 10, 1999) (Released) ...... Voice Of God

Kohram (August 13, 1999) (Released) ...... Col. Balbir Singh Sodi, Aka Devraj Hathoda/Dada Bhai

 Hindustan Ki Kasam (July 23, 1999) (Released) ...... Kabeera

Biwi No. 1 (May 28, 1999) (Released) ...... Himself (Guest Appearence)

Sooryavansham (May 21, 1999) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh & Heera Singh

Lal Baadshah (March 5, 1999) (Released) ...... Lal 'Baadshah' Singh/Ranbhir Singh

Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan (October 16, 1998) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Arjun Singh & Bade Miyan)

Major Saab (June 26, 1998) (Released) ...... Maj. Jasbir Singh Rana

Mrityudaata (April 25, 1997) (Released) ...... Dr. Ram Prasad Ghayal

Tere Mere Sapne (December 6, 1996) (Released) ...... Narrator (Voice) (As Mr. Amitabh Bachchan

Ghatak (November 8, 1996) (Released) ...... Friendly Appearance

Professar Ki Padosan (July 22, 1994) (Released) ...... Special Appearance

Insaaniyat (March 11, 1994) (Released) ...... Insp. Amar

Zulm Ki Hukumat (July 17, 1992) (Released) ...... Narrator

Khuda Gawah (May 8, 1992) (Released) ...... Baadshah Khan

Akela (November 8, 1991) (Released) ...... Insp. Vijay Verma

House No.13 (August 16, 1991) (Released)

Indra Jeet (August 8, 1991) (Released) ...... Indrajeet

Ajooba (April 12, 1991) (Released) ...... Ajooba/Ali

Hum (February 1, 1991) (Released) ...... Tiger/Shekhar

Ajooba Kudrat Ka (1991) (Released)

 Aaj Ka Arjun (August 10, 1990) (Released) ...... Bheema

Krodh (March 23, 1990) (Released) ...... Spcieal Appearance

Agneepath (February 16, 1990) (Released) ...... Vijay Dinanath Chavan

Main Azad Hoon (December 15, 1989) (Released) ...... Azaad

Jaadugar (August 25, 1989) (Released) ...... Goga/Gogeshwar

Toofan (August 11, 1989) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Toofan & Shyam)

Batwara (July 14, 1989) (Released) ...... Narrator

Ganga Jamuna Sarswati (December 29, 1988) (Released) ...... Ganga Prasad

Hero Hiralal (October 21, 1988) (Released) ...... Himself

Shahenshah (February 12, 1988) (Released) ...... Vijay (Kumar) Shrivastav/Shahenshah

Ek Hi Maqsad (1988) (Released) ...... Himself (A Scene From A Movie)

Soorma Bhopali (1988) (Released) ...... Special Appearance

Kaun Jeeta Kaun Haara (1987) (Released) ...... Himself (Guest Appearance)

Jalwa (1987) (Released) ...... Special Appearance

Dosti Dushmani (November 14, 1986) (Released) ...... Himself (A Scene From The Movie

 Aakhri Raasta (June 6, 1986) (Released) ...... Dual Role (David & Vijay)

Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986) (Released) ...... (Guest Appearance)

Mard (November 8, 1985) (Released) ...... Raju/Mard

Giraftaar (September 13, 1985) (Released) ...... Insp. Karan Kumar Khanna

Ram Tere Kitne Naam (February 15, 1985) (Released) ...... Himself (A Scene From The Movie Trishul).

Ameer Admi Garib Admi (1985) (Released) ...... Himself

Sharaabi (May 18, 1984) (Released) ...... Vicky Kapoor

Inquilab (January 27, 1984) (Released) ...... Amarnath

Kanoon Kya Karega (1984) (Released) ...... Narrator

Pet Pyar Aur Paap (1984) (Released) ...... Himself (Guest Appearance)

Coolie (December 2, 1983) (Released) ...... Iqbal A. Khan

Pukar (November 18, 1983) (Released) ...... Ramdas/Ronnie

Mahaan (April 28, 1983) (Released) ...... Triple Role (Amit/Rana Ranveer, Guru & Inspector Shankar)

Andha Kanoon (April 8, 1983) (Released) ...... Jan Nisar Akhtar Khan, Forest Officer (Guest Appearance

Nastik (February 18, 1983) (Released) ...... Shankar/Bhola/Sheru

Film Hi Film (1983) (Released) ...... (Special Appearance)

Shakti (October 1, 1982) (Released) ...... Vijay Kumar

Khud-Daar (July 30, 1982) (Released) ...... Govind Srivastav/Chotu Ustad

Namak Halal (April 30, 1982) (Released) ...... Arjun Singh

Desh Premee (April 23, 1982) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Master Dinanath & Raju)

Bemisaal (March 5, 1982) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Dr. Sudhir Roy & Adheer Roy)

Satte Pe Satta (January 22, 1982) (Released) ...... Ravi Anand/Babu

Kaalia (December 25, 1981) (Released) ...... Kallu/Kaalia

Yaraana (October 23, 1981) (Released)

Silsila (August 14, 1981) (Released) ...... Amit Malhotra

 Lawaaris (May 22, 1981) (Released) ...... Heera

Barsat Ki Ek Raat (February 20, 1981) (Released) ...... ACP Abhijeet Rai

Naseeb (January 5, 1981) (Released) ...... Ravi

Commander (1981) (Released) ...... (Guest Appearance)

Chashme Baddoor (1981) (Released) ...... Speacial Appearance

Shaan (December 12, 1980) (Released) ...... Vijay

Ram Balram (November 28, 1980) (Released) ...... Insp. Balram Singh

Dostana (October 17, 1980) (Released) ...... Vijay Varma

Do Aur Do Paanch (February 14, 1980) (Released) ...... Vijay/Ram

Naya Bakra (1980) (Released) ...... Guest

Suhaag (November 16, 1979) (Released) ...... Amit Kapoor

Ahsaas (October 26, 1979) (Released) ...... Himself Guest Appearance

Kala Patthar (August 24, 1979) (Released) ...... Vijay Pal Singh

Cinema Cinema (July 27, 1979) (Released)

Mr Natwarlal (June 8, 1979) (Released) ...... Natwarlal/Avtar Singh

Manzil (May 14, 1979) (Released) ...... Ajay Chandra

Jurmana (May 11, 1979) (Released) ...... Inder Saxena

Golmaal (April 20, 1979) (Released) ...... Speacial Appearance The Great

Gambler (April 6, 1979) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Vijay & Jai

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (October 27, 1978) (Released) ...... Sikandar

Don (June 12, 1978) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Don & Vijay)

Trishul (May 4, 1978) (Released) ...... Vijay Kumar

Kasme Vaade (April 20, 1978) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Amit & Shankar)

Ganga Ki Saugandh (February 10, 1978) (Released) ...... Jeeva

Besharam (1978) (Released) ...... Ram Kumar Chandra/Prince Chandrashekar

Parvarish (October 23, 1977) (Released) ...... Amit

Khoon Pasina (January 21, 1977) (Released) ...... Shiva/Tiger

Imaan Dharam (January 14, 1977) (Released) ...... Ahmed Raza

Adalat (January 7, 1977) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Dharma (Dharamchand) & Raju)

Khatta Meetha (1977) (Released) ...... Speacial Appearance

Charandas (1977) (Released) ...... Quwwali Singer (Special Appearance)

Chala Murari Hero Banane (1977) (Released) ...... Himself (Special Appearance)

Alaap (1977) (Released) ...... Alok Prasad

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) (Released) ...... Anthony Gonzalves/Raju

Shatranj Ke Khiladi (1977) (Released) ...... Narrator (Voice)

Hera Pheri (October 3, 1976) (Released) ...... Vijay/Inspector Hirachand

Kabhie Kabhie (March 1, 1976) (Released) ...... Amitabh Malhotra

Do Anjane (1976) (Released) ...... Amit Roy/Naresh Dutt

Chhoti Si Baat (1976) (Released) ...... Speacial Appearance

Sholay (August 15, 1975) (Released) ...... Jai (Jaidev)

Zameer (March 21, 1975) (Released) ...... Badal/Chimpoo

Deewar (January 24, 1975) (Released) ...... Vijay Verma

Chupke Chupke (1975) (Released) ...... Sukumar Sinha/Parimal Tripathi

Mili (1975) (Released) ...... Shekhar Dayal

Faraar (1975) (Released) ...... Rajesh 'Raj'

Majboor (December 6, 1974) (Released) ...... Ravi Khanna

Benaam (October 18, 1974) (Released) ...... Amit Srivastav

Roti Kapada Aur Makan (October 18, 1974) (Released) ...... Vijay

 Kasauti (August 9, 1974) (Released) ...... Amitabh Sharma (Amit)

Dost (April 12, 1974) (Released) ...... Anand (Guest Appearance) (Uncredited)

Kunwara Baap (1974) (Released) ...... Augustine (Guest Appearance) (As Amitabh Bachhan)

Namak Haram (November 23, 1973) (Released) ...... Vikram (Vicky)

Saudagar (October 26, 1973) (Released) ...... Moti

Abhimaan (July 27, 1973) (Released) ...... Subir Kumar

Gehri Chaal (July 26, 1973) (Released) ...... Ratan

Zanjeer (May 11, 1973) (Released) ...... Insp. Vijay Khanna

Bada Kabootar (1973) (Released) ...... Guest Appearance

Bandhey Hath (1973) (Released) ...... Dual Role (Shamu & Deepak)

Bombay To Goa (March 3, 1972) (Released) ...... Ravi Kumar

Garam Masala (1972) (Released) ...... Robert Tailor (Uncredited)

Bawarchi (1972) (Released) ...... Narrator (Voice)

Bansi Birju (1972) (Released) ...... Birju

Ek Nazar (1972) (Released) ...... Manmohan Akash Tyagi

Piya Ka Ghar (1972) (Released) ...... Guest Appearance

Sanjog (1972) (Released) ...... Mohan

 Raste Ka Pattar (1972) (Released) ...... Jai Shankar Rai

Pyar Ki Kahani (April 30, 1971) (Released) ...... Ram Chandra

Guddi (January 1, 1971) (Released) ...... Himself

Reshma Aur Shera (1971) (Released) ...... Chotu

Bombay Talkies (1971) (Released) ...... Mourner In Funeral (Uncredited)

Anand (1971) (Released) ...... Dr. Bhaskar K. Bannerjee/Babu Moshai

Parwana (1971) (Released) ...... Kumar Sen

Saat Hindustani (1969) (Released) ...... Anwar Ali Anwar

Bhuvan Shome (1969) (Released) ...... Commentator (Voice) (As Amitabh)


Kahaani (October 14, 2011) (Under Production)

Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap (July 1, 2011) (Released)

Paa (December 4, 2009) (Released)

Aladin (October 30, 2009) (Released)

Delhi-6 (February 20, 2009) (Released)

Bhoothnath (May 9, 2008) (Released)

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (August 31, 2007) (Released)

Cheeni Kum (May 25, 2007) (Released)

Nishabd (March 2, 2007) (Released)

Baabul (December 8, 2006) (Released)

Sarkar (July 1, 2005) (Released)

Dev (June 11, 2004) (Released)

Aetbaar (January 23, 2004) (Released)

Baghban (October 3, 2003) (Released)

Armaan (May 16, 2003) (Released)

Aks (July 13, 2001) (Released)

Bhopal Express (December 2, 1999) (Released)

Sooryavansham (May 21, 1999) (Released)

Khuda Gawah (May 8, 1992) (Released)

Toofan (August 11, 1989) (Released)

Sharaabi (May 18, 1984) (Released)

Pukar (November 18, 1983) (Released)

Mahaan (April 28, 1983) (Released)

Silsila (August 14, 1981) (Released)

Lawaaris (May 22, 1981) (Released)

Naseeb (January 5, 1981) (Released)

Mr Natwarlal (June 8, 1979) (Released)

The Great Gambler (April 6, 1979) (Released)

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) (Released)

Kabhie Kabhie (March 1, 1976) (Released)



Aks (July 13, 2001) (Released)

Major Saab (June 26, 1998) (Released)

Saat Rang Ke Sapne (February 20, 1998) (Released)

 Mrityudaata (April 25, 1997) (Released)

Tere Mere Sapne (December 6, 1996) (Released)

Bbuddhah hoga terra baap (July 1,2011) (Released) Narrator



Kahaani (October 14, 2011) (Under Production)

Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap (July 1, 2011) (Released)

Paa (December 4, 2009) (Released) Aladin (October 30, 2009) (Released)

Delhi-6 (February 20, 2009) (Released)

Bhoothnath (May 9, 2008) (Released)

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag (August 31, 2007) (Released)

Cheeni Kum (May 25, 2007) (Released)

Nishabd (March 2, 2007) (Released)

Baabul (December 8, 2006) (Released)

Sarkar (July 1, 2005) (Released)

Dev (June 11, 2004) (Released)

Aetbaar (January 23, 2004) (Released)

Baghban (October 3, 2003) (Released)

Armaan (May 16, 2003) (Released)

Aks (July 13, 2001) (Released)

Bhopal Express (December 2, 1999) (Released)

Sooryavansham (May 21, 1999) (Released)

Khuda Gawah (May 8, 1992) (Released)

Toofan (August 11, 1989) (Released)

Sharaabi (May 18, 1984) (Released)

Pukar (November 18, 1983) (Released)

Mahaan (April 28, 1983) (Released)

Silsila (August 14, 1981) (Released)

Lawaaris (May 22, 1981) (Released)

Naseeb (January 5, 1981) (Released)

Mr Natwarlal (June 8, 1979) (Released)

The Great Gambler (April 6, 1979) (Released)

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) (Released)

Kabhie Kabhie (March 1, 1976) (Released)




Hanuman Chalisa

In 1996, he released an album called "Aby Baby". This album was released under ABCL and featured songs like "Eer Bir Phatte" and remixes of his songs from his early movies "O Saathi Re" and "Kabhi Kabhi".

KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati)

 In the year 2000, Bachchan stepped up to host India's adaptation of the British television game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? entitled, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). The program found immediate success. Canara Bank withdrew its law suit against Bachchan in November 2000. Bachchan hosted KBC till November 2005, and its success set the stage for his return to film popularity.

 KBC-1 --- STAR PLUS (2000)

 KBC-2 --- STAR PLUS (2005)

 KBC-4 --- SONY (2010)

 KBC-5 --- SONY (2011)


Bachchan hosted the third season of the reality show Bigg Boss in 2009.




* In 1984, he was honored by the Indian government with the Padma Shri Award for his outstanding contribution to the Hindi film industry.

* The first Asian actor having a wax model of his likeness displayed at Madame Tussaud's in London, UK.

*  Amitabh Bachchan was named Actor of the Millennium in a BBC News Poll ahead of such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Sir Lawrence Olivier, and Marlon Brando.

 * 1970 – National Award for Best Newcomer for Saat Hindustani

* 1991 – National Film Award for Best Actor for Agneepath

* 2006 – National Film Award for Best Actor for Black

* 2010 – National Film Award for Best Actor for Paa [edit] Filmfare Awards Winner

* 1971 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Anand

* 1973 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Namak Haraam

* 1977 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Amar Akbar Anthony

* 1978 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Don

 * 1990 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (First Recipient)

* 1991 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Hum

* 2000 – Filmfare Superstar of the Millennium

* 2000 – Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for Mohabbatein

* 2001 – Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Aks

* 2003 – Filmfare Power Award

* 2005 – Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for Black

* 2005 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Black

* 2010 – Filmfare Best Actor Award for Paa

* 2011 – Filmfare Special Award for completing 40 years in the Indian film industry Nominated Bachchan has been nominated as Filmfare Best Actor 27 times (a record) and as Filmfare Best Supporting Actor 9 times (also a record).

* He has also been nominated for Best Playback singer once and as (producer) for Best Movie once. International Indian Film Academy Awards Winner

* 2000 – IIFA Special Honorary Award

* 2001 – IIFA Best Supporting Actor Award for Mohabbatein

* 2002 – IIFA Personality of the Year

* 2006 – IIFA Wall of Fame

* 2006 – IIFA Best Actor Award for Black

* 2010 – IIFA Best Actor Award for Paa [edit] Star Screen Awards Winner

* 2003 – Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Hema Malini for Baghban

* 2003 – Distinction In Acting Award for Baghban

* 2004 – Most Outstanding Personality

* 2005 – Star Screen Award Best Actor for Black

* 2007 – Star Screen Award for Best Actor (Critics) for Cheeni Kum

* 2010 – Star Screen Award Best Actor for Paa

* 2010 – Star Screen Award Jodi No. 1 along with Abhishek Bachchan for Paa Stardust Awards Winner

* 2000 – Best Artist of the Millennium by Hero Honda and file Stardust (magazine)

* 2003 – Stardust Award for Lifetime Achievement

* 2004 – Special Award for the film Baghban

* 2005 – Special Award for the film Black

* 2006 – Stardust Star of the Year Award - Male for Black

* 2009 – Stardust Best Actor Award for The Last Lear

 * 2010 – Stardust Star of the Year Award - Male for Paa

* 2011 – Stardust "Pride of the Industry" Award Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Winner

 * 1971 – Best Actor in Supporting Role for Anand

* 1975 – Best Actor for Mili

* 2003 – Satyajit Ray Lifetime Achievement Award

* 2005 – Best Actor for Black Zee Cine Awards Winner

* 2003 – Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement

* 2004 – Golden Grade Award

* 2006 – Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Male for Black Bollywood Movie Awards Winner

* 2001 – Bollywood Movie Award - Critics Award Male for Mohabbatein

* 2003 – Bollywood Movie Award - Most Sensational Actor for Kaante

* 2006 – Bollywood Movie Award - Best Actor for Black Apsara Film and Television Producers Guild Awards Winner

* 2006 – Apsara Awards: Best Actor for Black.

* 2010 – Apsara Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award.

 * 2011 – Apsara Awards: Best Actor for Paa. Other awards Winner

* 1970 – "Saraswati Award" for Anand

* 1989 – Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Bombay (Mumbai).

* 1997 – "Distinguished Alumni " award at the inaugural function of the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Capital's largest Central University.

 * 2000 – All-India Critics Association (AICA): Best Actor Award for Sooryavansham.

 * 2000 – Sansui Viewers Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Mohabbatein.

* 2000 – Bollywood People's Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actor for Mohabbatein.

* 2001 – Zee Gold Awards: Critics Award for Best Male for Mohabbatein.

* 2002 – “Icon of the Millennium” award at the 32nd Rupa AIFA Awards at Bandra.

* 2002 – Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sansui Viewers' Choice Movie Awards.

* 2003 – MTV Lycra Awards: Maha Style Icon of the Year (First Recipient)

* 2003 – "Bollywood's Lifetime Achievement Award" by the London-based Asian Guild.

* 2003 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sangeet Shiromani Award.

* 2004 – "Radio Voice of the Year" award.

* 2004 – Sansui Viewer's Choice Movie Awards: Personality of the Year.

* 2004 – Sports World's "Jodi of the Year" along with Hema Malini for Baghban.

 * 2006 – Bollyvista Film Awards: Best Actor for Black.

* 2006 – Bollywood People's Choice Awards: Best Actor for Black.

* 2006 – Rediff Movie Awards: Best Actor for Black.

* 2006 – Lifetime Achievement Award at AXN Action Awards.

* 2007 – Special Award for his contribution to Indian cinema at the 9th Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image International Film.

* 2009 – Lifetime Achievement Award at Gentleman Quarterly magazine's "Men of the Year" Award.

* 2009 – Lifetime Achievement Award for completing 40 years in the entertainment industry at the 11th Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI).

* 2010 – Lines Gold Award: Best Actor for Paa.

* 2010 – 'FICCI Frames 2010' Excellence Awards: Best Actor for Paa.

* 2010 – "Timeless Icon" award at the 'Hello! Hall Of Fame'.

* 2010 – Lifetime Achievement Award at the Masala! Awards.

* 2010 – Lifetime Achievement Award by Asianet Film Awards. Indian Television Awards Winner

* 2000 – Screen Videocon Awards: Best Anchor Award for Kaun Banega Crorepati.

 * 2001 – Indian Telly Awards: "TV Personality of the Year" for Kaun Banega Crorepati.

* 2001 – Hero Honda-Indian Television Academy Awards: Best Anchor-game quiz for Kaun Banega Crorepati.

* 2001 – Hero Honda-Indian Television Academy Awards: Best Host for Kaun Banega Crorepati.

* 2002 – Indiantelevision: Best Television Anchor Award for Kaun Banega Crorepati.

* 2002 – Indian Telly Awards: TV Anchor of the Year for Kaun Banega Crorepati.

* 2005 – Indian Telly Awards: Best Anchor Award for Kaun Banega Crorepati2.

* 2007 – Indian Television Academy (ITA) Award for achieving the “Ultimate eminence in the world of entertainment”

* 2011 – BIG Television Awards: "Distinguished Personality" award. National honours

* 1980 – Awadh Samman by the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

* 1984 – Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour from the Government of India.

* 1995 – "Yash Bharati Samman", UP state's highest civilian honour from the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

* 2001 – Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour from the Government of India.

* 2002 – "Dayawati Modi" Award. This award is among the highest awards in India in the field of Art, Culture and Education.

* 2002 – National Kishore Kumar Award by the Government of Madhya Pradesh for excellence in acting and his unparalleled contribution to the film industry.

* 2004 – Honorary Doctorate by the Jhansi University.

* 2004 – "Living Legend" Award by the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in recognition of his contribution to the Indian entertainment industry.

* 2005 – Deenanath Mangeshkar award for his contribution to films and music.

* 2006 – Honorary Doctorate Degree on by his Alma Mater Delhi University.

* 2009 – IIFA-FICCI Frames, "Most Powerful Entertainer of the Decade Award" for his contribution to Indian cinema.

* 2011 – "Abhinaya Chakravarthy" Award by the President of India Pratibha Patil. International honours and recognitions

* In July 1999, Amitabh Bachchan was named the "Greatest Star of stage or screen of the Millennium" by BBC online poll where he defeated many Hollywood legends such as Alec Guinness, Marlon Brando, Laurence Olivier and Charlie Chaplin.

* In June 2000, Bachchan became the first living Asian to have been immortalised in wax at London's prestigious Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

* On September 10, 2001 he was awarded the "Actor of the Century" award at the Alexandria International Film Festival. Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni presented Bachchan with the award in recognition of his contribution to international cinema.

* On March 14, 2003, he was conferred with the honorary citizenship of the French town of Deauville at the fifth edition of the Asian film festival. An honour earlier bestowed on only two people, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and the Soviet space hero, Yuri Gagarin.

* In October 2003, he was honoured at the Marrakech International Film Festival.

* In October 2003, TIME magazine dubbed Bachchan as "the undisputed Godfather of Bollywood". He was also featured in its list of Bollywood's Brightest Stars.

* In April 2005, The Walter Reade Theater of Lincoln Centre in New York honored Amitabh Bachchan with a special tribute, retrospective—titled "Amitabh Bachchan: The Biggest Film Star in the World". The tribute also included "An Evening with Amitabh Bachchan", a live appearance by Bachchan hosted at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

* He was given an Honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University in Leicester, UK on July 19, 2006 in recognition of his distinguished career in films. He is the first Indian star to be feted by a foreign university.

* He was honoured along with actors and directors from Hollywood at an International Film Festival in Rabat, Morocco.

* On January 27, 2007 he has been awarded France's highest civilian honour, the Knight of the Legion of Honour for his "exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond". Describing Bachchan as a "towering Indian personality" and the "number-one actor of Indian cinema", Ambassador Girard said the award "brings Bachchan into the international legion of world's greatest artistes".

* In the weekend of June 16 and 17 June 2007, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts a Bachchan spectacular retrospective to honour Bachchan's stellar career. The Chairman of BAFTA ended the event by announcing Bachchan as an honorary Life-Time member of BAFTA.

* In June 2007, he was given an Honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by The University Brandan Foster by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire.

 * On November 22, 2007 he was honoured by the London Mayor Ken Livingstone with "The Visit London Special Award for Outstanding Achievement" for his contribution to Indian cinema in the last 30 years.

* On 15 January 2009, Le Salon du Cinema (Cinema Fair) in Paris paid tribute to Indian Cinema for their new edition, with Bachchan being the guest of honour. He also launched a retrospective of his films.

* On 31 January 2009, he was honoured with the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award at Davos for his contribution to the world of art.

* In 2009, the Tehran Film Festival has invited Bachchan to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

* In May 2009, a life-like wax figure of Bachchan has been unveiled at the newly launched 'Bollywood Zone' in Madame Tussauds at Times Square in New York.

* In May 2009, Queensland University of Technology in Australia had offered an Honorary Doctorate to Bachchan for his contribution to the world of entertainment, but he turns down the honour as mark of protest to racial attacks on Indian students.

* In August 2009, Bachchan's wax image will take his place at the "World Famous Home of the Famous" Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong.

* In December 2009, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dubai International Film Festival for his outstanding contribution to cinema.

* In December 2009, he was honoured with the 8th Asian Film Cultural Award for his contribution to cinema for 40 years.

* In March 2010, he has been named the list of CNN's "top 25 Asian actors of all time".

* In February 2010, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sixth Muscat International Film Festival (Miff).

* On 25 March 2010, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 4th Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. Other recognitions

* 2003 – FPFAC 'Achiever' Awards: "Achiever of the Year" award.

* 2005 – Ranked as the "Most popular Star in India" by the Hansa Research's new syndicated study, Celebrity Track.

* 2005 – “Diamond of India” award by The International Gemological Institute (IGI).

* 2009 – He is called among the "Top 5 Most Influential Indians of the Decade". Polls

* 2002 – Voted the "Hottest Male Vegetarian" by 'People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA).

* 2003 – Voted the "Greatest Actor" in the film personalities category in the Best of India poll conducted by Zee News.

* 2005 – Voted NDTV’s Urban "Indian of the Year" through a nationwide poll.

* 2006 – Voted "Entertainer of the Year"

* 2006 – Voted "Real Star of Stars" by reader's choice.

* 2008 – Voted "Asia's Sexiest Vegetarian man"



(1) Zanjeer (1973)

Zanjeer ("Shackles"), is a 1973 Hindi film directed and produced by Prakash Mehra; starring Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Pran, Ajit and Bindu. The movie changed the trend from romantic films to action films and pioneered Amitabh's new image of a brooding but explosive person who fights back when cornered. He was now known as "The Angry Young Man." The film became a "blockbuster" at box-office. It collected over Rs. 5 crores (Rs. 50 million) at the box office.


Directed by-----------Prakash Mehra
Produced by-----------Prakash Mehra
Bnner-----------------Prakash Mehra Productions
Written by------------Salim-Javed
Music by--------------Kalyanji-Anandji
Lyrics by-------------Gulshan Bawra
Cinematography--------N. Satyen
Editing by------------R. Mahadik
Art Direction---------J. J. Bhende
Stunts----------------Ravi Khanna, Virendra Kumar
Costume and Wardrobe--Vasant Mahajan, Shankar Jadhav
Studio----------------Asha Studios,Chandivali Studio,Filmistan Studios
                      R.K. Studios,Swati Studios
Distributed by--------Prakash Mehra Productions,Baba Digital Media
                      Digital Entertainment,Eros Entertainment
Release date----------11 May 1973
Running time----------146 mins

Star Cast

 Amitabh Bachchan.......Insp.Vijay Khanna
Jaya Bhaduri...........Mala
Pran...................Sher Khan
Om Prakash.............De Silva
Ajit Seth..............Dharam Dayal Teja
Iftekhar...............Police Commissioner Singh
Keshto Mukherjee.......Gangu
M. Rajan...............Ranjeet (Vijay's father)
Purnima................Sumitra (Vijay's mother)
Nandita Thakur.........Shanti Bhabhi
Satyendra Kappu........Police Inspector
Ashalata Wabgaonkar....Police Inspector's wife (Vijay's stepmother)
D. K. Sapru............Patil Saab (former boss)
Ram Mohan..............Kabir
Yunus Parvez...........Constable
Ram Sethi..............Constable
Gulshan Bawra..........Street Singer (Song Deewane Hain)
Sanjana................Street Dancer (Song Deewane Hain)
Amrit Pal..............Man offered 'Sher Khan' money to kill 'Vijay'
Bhushan Tiwari.........Smuggler, Teja's man
Javed Khan.............Smuggler, Teja's man
Ranvir Raj.............Smuggler, Teja's man
Krishan Dhawan.........Smuggler, Teja's man
Mac Mohan Man..........caught in Teja's liquor warehouse
Goga Kapoor............Goga

The film opens on Diwali with the death of young Vijay Khanna's parents, done by a man of unknown identity with a white horse on his charm bracelet, "zanjeer". Because of this traumatic event, Vijay has recurring nightmares of a white stallion.   Vijay does not remember Teja. He only vaguely remembers the murderer's golden chain with a white horse hanging on it. After 20 years, and Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) is now an inspector, an honest police officer in a town where few are just. He receives complaints about a local Indian Muslim man, Sher Khan (Pran), who is running gambling dens.

When he calls Sher Khan in for questioning, Khan's superiority complex chafes against Vijay Khanna's police authority, as he scolds the officer, telling him he only orders him around due to the uniform he wears. Vijay takes him up on his challenge, and meets him in street clothes to fight him. At fight's end, Sher Khan not only closes his gambling dens, but has gained respect for Vijay. He becomes an auto mechanic, and reforms his ways.

Various dealings of the underworld continue unabated throughout the town, all tracing back to gang leader Teja (Ajit).

A mysterious caller continually phones Inspector Khanna to inform him exactly when a crime is about to take place, but hangs up before Khanna can extract any more information out of him. When a traffic accident perpetrated by gang members leaves several children dead, a witness, a street performer named Mala (Jaya Bhaduri), is bribed by Teja's men to keep quiet.

When she is questioned by Vijay, he becomes enraged at her denying she knows anything, and, to sway her differently, takes her into the morgue to view the mangled bodies of the children.

She has a change of heart, and comes clean, asking that the bribe be donated to an orphanage. She identifies the man behind the traffic accident (Goga).

Once it is known that Mala has broken her word, Teja's men come after her. She is chased through the night, narrowly escaping across the train tracks, and coming to Inspector Khanna's house, desperate for shelter. He lets her in, allows her to stay, and the two discover that they are both orphans, and discuss the fears associated with living alone. Khanna kindly takes her to his brother and sister-in-law, and, under the sister-in-law's tutelage, Mala begins to learn how to keep house, as well as English, and other refineries.

Eventually, Vijay is framed for bribery, stripped of his title and position as inspector, and jailed for six months on false charges, trapped by Teja. When he is released from jail, he plans to take revenge. Mala, by this time, has developed from a frightened stranger seeking his help to a romantic interest for him. She begs him, to seal their relationship, that he must stop being so vengeful. He agrees, but soon must come to terms with such a promise when he meets, in a Christian cemetery, the informant who had called him in the past when he was an inspector. The man, De Silva (Om Prakash), a Mangalorean Catholic, appears half-insane, holding onto an empty bottle. He says that on Christmas several years before, his three sons drank poisoned moonshine, and died from it. Until the killer is found, he will continue to wander with the bottle. When local criminals mocked him and called him crazy, he vowed to get back at them as he could: by phoning the inspector when a crime was about to happen.

After hearing this news, Vijay becomes depressed, torn between his desire to help the grieving De Silva, and his need to keep his promise to Mala that he would not take any more revenge on the lowlifes of the town.

Eventually, along with a concerted effort by Sher Khan to cheer up Vijay, Mala relents, vowing she will not try to control him, and says he must do what is right.

The trail of tainted moonshine leads back to Teja and his men. Upon finally cornering the crook on Diwali, fireworks bursting overhead, Vijay also finds out that the person who murdered his parents, 20 years before, on the same night, is Teja, recognisable by the zanjeer on his wrist. Sher Khan helps him to fight Teja and his men, and take justice into their own hands, until the police arrive. When the hapless police inspector is held at gunpoint by Teja, Vijay manages to drop to retrieve a pistol from the ground, and shoots him dead, his body falling into the swimming pool.

Music Director: ...Kalyanji Anandji
Lyricist: ...............Gulshan Bawra

Song                                 Singers

Bana Ke Kyon Bigada Re.............Lata Mangeshkar
Chakku Chhuriyan Tej Kara Lo.......Asha Bhosle
Deewane Hai Deewanon Ko............Mohammed Rafi,Lata Mangeshkar
Dil Jalon Ka Dil Jala Ke...........Asha Bhosle
Yari Hai Imaan Mera................Manna Dey


Filmfare Best Story Award -------Salim-Javed
Filmfare Best Screenplay Award --Salim-Javed
Filmfare Best Lyricist Award ----Gulshan Bawra for"Yari Hai Imaan Mera"
Filmfare Best Editing Award -----R. Mahadik


Filmfare Nomination for Best Film
Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor ---------------- Amitabh Bachchan
Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor ----- Pran
Filmfare Nomination for Best Music ---------------- Kalyanji Anandji
Filmfare Nomination for Best Male Playback Singer - Manna Dey "Yari Hai"

Interesting Facts:--

* Prakash Mehra approached many big stars like Dev Anand, Dharmendra, Raj Kumar for role of a seroius police inspector but everybody refused.Then Prakash Mehra was considering Rajesh Khanna  but meanwhile Salim-Javed suggested Amitabh after seeing fight scene of Bombay to Goa.Thus film industry got an angry young man 'Amitabh'.

* No big heroine was ready to work opposite a struggler Amitabh ,finally Jaya ,then a big star, agreed to pair opposite him.

* Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer was an action-packed drama and one of the first films which shot the leading actor Amitabh Bachchan to fame. Zanjeer is an entertaining movie, and the story is interesting and well told. The direction is also pretty good. The characters are well-written.

* Bachchan is excellent as Vijay. It's easy to see why this was a star-turning performance for the actor. He brilliantly displayed his character's internal turmoil and fear.

* Sher Khan's character was played very beautifully by Pran. His dance was one of the highlight of the film .He looked very convincing in 'Pathan' role.

* Zanjeer is an enjoyable and well-made, well-executed, well-narrated and well-acted film. The film's music is also very nice.No songs or dances were given to Amitabh Bachchan which only contributed to his serious image in the film.

* The name of Vijay suited Amitabh so well that he considered it lucky and repeated in many films.


 (2)Deewaar (1975)

Deewaar  is a 1975 Indian drama directed by Yash Chopra, written by Salim-Javed, and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor. Reflective of "the tumultuous politics of the early 70s" in India, Deewar tells the story of two impoverished brothers who, after their family is betrayed by the misplaced idealism of their father, struggle to survive on the streets of Mumbai.

Deewaar received the Filmfare Best Movie Award of 1975 in addition to six other Filmfare Awards and was a "superhit" at the box office, ranking in at number 4 in highest grossing bollywood films.

Indiatimes ranks Deewaar amongst the Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.


Directed by.............Yash Chopra
Produced by.............Gulshan Rai
Written by..............Salim-Javed
Cinematography..........Kay Gee
Editing by..............T.R. Mangeshkar,Pran Mehra
Art Direction by........Desh Mukherjee
Stunts by...............M. B. Shetty, Kodi S. Irani
Music...................Rahul Dev Burman
Lyricist................Sahir Ludhianvi
Distributed by..........Trimurti Films Pvt. Ltd.
Release date............1 January 1975
Running time............176 mins

Star Cast

Amitabh Bachchan as......Vijay Verma (the elder brother)
Shashi Kapoor as............Ravi Verma (the younger brother)
Nirupa Roy as.................Sumitra Devi, Vijay & Ravi's Mother
Neetu Singh as................Veera Narang
Satyen Kappu as.............Anand Verma,(Vijay & Ravi's Father)
Parveen Babi as.............Anita
Manmohan Krishna as.....DCP Narang
Madan Puri as................Samant
Iftekhar as......................Mulk Raj Dhabaria
Sudhir as.......................Jaichand
Jagdish Raj as...............Jaggi
Raj Kishore as..............Darpan
Yunus Parvez as............Rahim Chacha, Head porter
Mohan Sherry as...........Peter's Henchman
Alankar Joshi as...........Young Vijay Verma
Raju Shrestha as...........Young Ravi Verma
Rajan Verma as.............Lachhu
A. K. Hangal as............Chander's Father
Dulari as......................Chander's Mother
D. K. Sapru as..............Mr. Agarwal
Kamal Kapoor as.........Anand Verma's Employer


The film opens with the strong leadership of trade unionist, Anand Verma (Satyen Kappu), who works hard to enhance the lives of struggling laborers. He lives in a modest home with his wife, Sumitra Devi (Nirupa Roy), and their two young sons, Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) and Ravi Verma (Shashi Kapoor).

Anand, however, is blackmailed by a corrupt businessman who threatens to kill his family if Anand does not cease his activities. Forced into compliance, Anand is thus attacked by the very same laborers who once supported him. His family is also persecuted by the angry workers who brand young Vijay's arm with the words: "Mera baap chor hai" in Hindi translated into "My Father Is A Thief." Anand then runs away forcing his wife and two children into destitute poverty. Not knowing what else to do, Sumitra Devi brings her children to Mumbai and struggles as a day laborer to care for her now homeless boys.

Vijay, the elder brother, grows up with an acute awareness of his father's failure and is victimized for his father's supposed misdeeds. In the process of fighting for his rights Vijay, who starts out as a boot polisher and becomes a dockyard worker in his youth, becomes a smuggler and a leading figure of the underworld.

He also sacrifices his own education so his brother Ravi can study. Ravi is an excellent student and grows up to become an upright police officer. He is also dating Veera (Neetu Singh), the daughter of a senior police officer.On the Commissioner's suggestion, Ravi applies for employment with the police, and is sent for training. Several months later, he is accepted by the police, and has a rank of Sub-Inspector. Vijay, on the other hand, becomes involved with Anita (Parveen Babi), a woman whom he meets at a bar.

When Anita becomes pregnant, Vijay decides to abandon his life in the underworld, marry her, and confess his sins. He also hopes to seek forgiveness from his mother and brother.When Ravi returns home, he finds that Vijay has become a businessman overnight, has accumulated wealth, and a palatial home.

When Ravi finds out that Vijay has acquired wealth by crime, he decides to move out along with his mom.One of his first assignments is to be apprehend and arrest some of Bombay's hardcore criminals and smugglers which includes his brother, Vijay - much to his shock, as he had never associated his very own brother of having any criminal background. Ravi asks Vijay to leave criminal life but he refuses.

Ravi must now decide to proceed on with apprehending Vijay, or quit from the police force. However, when Anita is brutally attacked by rival members of the underworld, Vijay loses all sense of rational behavior, leading him to be branded a criminal forever. Their mother, who had sided with Ravi despite the fact that Vijay was her favorite, is tormented by Vijay's decisions and rejects him.

 When the two brothers meet for a final clash, however, it is Vijay who dies in her arms seeking forgiveness and Ravi who is awarded for pursuing justice.


The soundtrack did well, and the track "Kehdoon Tumhe" was a chartbuster.

* The Soundtrack of the movie was composed by Rahul Dev Burman.

* The lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianvi.

Song..................... Singer(s)

* "Kehdoon Tumhe"..........................Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle

* "Maine tujhe manga"......................Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle

* "Koi mar jaye"...........................Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar

* "Deewarun ka jungle".....................Manna Dey

* "Idhar ka mal udhar".....................Bhupinder Singh

* "I am falling in love with a stranger"...Ursula Vaz

* Won:Best Film............... (Gulshan Rai)

* Won:Best Director........... (Yash Chopra)

* Won:Best Supporting Actor... (Shashi Kapoor)

* Won:Best Story.............. (Salim-Javed)

* Won:Best Dialogue........... (Salim-Javed)

* Won:Best Screenplay......... (Salim-Javed)

* Won:Best Sound.............. (M. A. Shaikh)

* Nomination: Best Actor.............. (Amitabh Bachchan)

* Nomination: Best Support. Actress... (Nirupa Roy)

Interesting Facts:-

* "Deewaar" is noted for having "swept the 1976 Filmfare Awards except for the Lead Actor, for which Amitabh Bachchan was nominated.

* Deewaar was a ground-breaking work. It was one of a few films which established Bachchan as the "angry young man" of Bollywood cinema.

* Parveen Babi as the "new Bollywood woman" whose character Anita is "a liberated working girl, smoking, drinking and sleeping with her lover, defying every Hindi film heroine rule."

* This movie cemented the success of the writing duo Salim-Javed, who went on to write many more blockbuster films, and made them one of the most memorable writers in Hindi cinema. It is said that after the success of this film, the value of film writers skyrocketed, thanks to Salim-Javed, and they soon were being paid as high as some of the actors at the time.

* The role of Vijay was initially offered to Rajesh Khanna by Yash Chopra but Salim Javed insisted that Amitabh would suit the character after watching a fighting sequence in the film Bombay to Goa.

* Similarly Nirupa Roy's character was offered to Vyjayanthimala but she turned down the role.

* Shashi Kapoor's role was to be played by Navin Nischol.


(3) Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

Amar Akbar Anthony is a 1977 Bollywood film about three brothers separated during their childhood who grew up in three homes, adopting three religions. It was the biggest blockbuster of 1977and won several Filmfare awards.

The film was directed by Manmohan Desai and starred three actors: Amitabh Bachchan (as Anthony Gonsalves), Vinod Khanna (as Amar Khanna) and Rishi Kapoor (as Akbar Allahabadi). Each of the heroes had an affiliation with a heroine; these women were played by Parveen Babi, Shabana Azmi and Neetu Singh. Nirupa Roy, Pran and Jeevan played supporting roles.

This movie proved to be a golden jubilee at the box office.


* Directed by......Manmohan Desai

* Produced by......Manmohan Desai

* Written by.......Smt. Jeevanprabha M. Desai.Kader Khan,Prayag Raj,
                Pushpa Sharma,K.K. Sukla

* Cinematography...Peter Pereira

* Editing by.......Kamlakar Karkhanis

* Music by.........Laxmikant-Pyarelal

* Lyrics by........Anand Bakshi

* Release date.....1977

* Running time.....185 mins

* Country..........India

* Language.........Hindi

Star Cast

* Vinod Khanna ....... Inspector Amar Khanna; first son
* Amitabh Bachchan ... Anthony Gonsalves; second son
* Rishi Kapoor ....... Akbar Allahabadi/Raju; third son
* Parveen Babi ....... Jenny; Anthony's girlfriend
* Shabana Azmi ....... Laxmi; common thief and Amar's love interest
* Neetu Singh ........ Dr. Salma; Akbar's neighbor and love interest
* Nirupa Roy ......... Bharati; mother of three boys
* Pran ............... Kishanlal; father of three boys,Bharati's husband
* Jeevan ............. Robert, the mob boss
* Ranjeet ............ Ranjeet
* Mukri............... Tayyab Ali
* Shivraj............. Allahabadi
* Nazir Hussain....... Catholic Priest
* Kamal Kapoor........ Superintendant Khanna
* Yusuf Khan.......... Zebisko
* Moolchand........... Mulchand
* Master Bittoo ...... Young Amar
* Master Ravi .........Young Anthony
* Sabina ............. Young Jenny
* Master Tito ........ Young Akbar
* Helen .............. Fake Daughter At Airport (Guest Appearance)
* Nadira ............. Stepmother (Guest Appearance)
* Madhumati .......... Bijli (Guest Appearance)
* Ranjeet ............ Ranjeet (Guest Appearance)


Kishanlal (Pran), a chauffeur, takes the blame for a fatal hit-and-run accident committed by his mob boss employer, Robert (Jeevan), on the assurance that his family's income will be tripled and their welfare looked after. He returns from prison to find his wife Bharati (Nirupa Roy) suffering from tuberculosis and his three sons starving. Seeking help from Robert for the sake of his family, he is ridiculed, humiliated and repudiated, until he turns on Robert and tries to kill him.

Making his escape, Kishanlal inadvertently takes a car containing a shipment of gold bullion. Robert's goons give chase.

Kishanlal goes home to rescue his family — only to find his wife's suicide note. Unknown to him, she fails and is struck blind. He leaves his sons in a public park (at the foot of a statue of Gandhi ji) while he draws off the pursuing goons. In the car chase that follows he crashes, is thrown clear of the wreck, and discovers the gold.

But by the time he returns to the park with his riches, his three children have vanished. Amar, the oldest, has been adopted by a Hindu policeman; a Muslim tailor adopts the youngest and names him Akbar; and a Catholic priest, finding the middle son asleep on the steps of his church, fosters him and names him Anthony.

In revenge, Kishanlal kidnaps Robert's daughter Jenny and raises her as his niece, using the gold to destroy Robert's business and set himself up as mob boss instead.

Amar (Vinod Khanna) becomes a policeman like his adoptive father; the Muslim Akbar (Rishi Kapoor) becomes a singer; the middle brother, Anthony (Amitabh Bachchan), becomes a likable, socially conscious scamp who runs quasi-legal operations and makes God his 'partner' by donating half his income to charity.

The three meet when they donate blood for an accident victim, unaware that they are related — or that the recipient is their biological mother Bharati.

Their lives become entangled in an incredible web of coincidences and furious action sequences — interspersed with songs — when Amar's adopted father is seriously wounded and Anthony falls in love with Jenny, Robert's long-lost daughter.

Because of it his adoptive father, the priest, is murdered. In their pursuit of justice their paths cross again until, combining efforts, the brothers discover both the culprit and their mutual heritage.

In addition to the ongoing feud between Robert and Kishanlal, each son meets and courts — with greater or lesser difficulty — their love interests.

When the grieving mother regains her sight at a Dewali festival in honor of Sai Baba, one by one the family is re-united and Robert, who caused their suffering, is finally imprisoned.


* The music was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

* The lyrics were written  by Anand Bakshi.

* Kishore Kumar sang for Amitabh Bachchan.

* Mohammed Rafi sang for Rishi Kapoor.

* Mukesh sang for Vinod Khanna.

* The soundtrack was one of Mukesh's last soundtracks with Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Amar Akbar Anthony

* Studio album by.....Laxmikant-Pyarelal

* Released............1977

* Genre...............Feature film soundtrack

* Label...............Universal Music


* "Parda Hai Parda"..Mohd. Rafi

* "My Name Is".......Kishore Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan

* "Humko Tumse"......Mohd. Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, and Lata

* "Tayyab Ali".......Mohd. Rafi and chorus

* "Shirdi Wale"......Mohd. Rafi

* "Anhony Ko Honi"...Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, and Shailender Singh

* The vinyl record was released on Polydor and was the first coloured LP: It was pink.


* Filmfare Best Actor Award....Amitabh Bachchan

* Best Music Director Award....Laxmikant-Pyarelal

* Filmfare Best Editing Award..Kamlakar Karkhanis


* Filmfare Nomination for Best Movie Award
* Filmfare Nomination for Best Director: Manmohan Desai
* Filmfare Nomination for Best Lyricist: Anand Bakshi for the song "Parda   Hai Parda"   
* Filmfare Nomination for Best Male Playback Singer: Mohd. Rafi forthe song "Parda Hai Parda"

Intresting Facts

* The film was later remade in Telugu as Ram Robert Rahim (1980) and in Malayalam as John Jaffer Janardhanan (1982).

* The soundtrack of the movie proved as popular and successful as the movie itself. The vocals of the songs again have been given by some of the biggest names in the Indian music industry: Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and Amitabh Bachchan (sang in the song "My Name is Anthony Gonsalves").

* Shahid Khan of Planet Bollywood gave 9 stars stating, "Overall, Amar Akbar Anthony is one of the finest examples of an album where the list of playback singers matches the star-power in the film".

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