Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, best known by his stage name Amitabh Bachchan was born in Allahabad, India, on October 11, 1942. At the time, India was still considered a British territory, with independence not coming for another five years. Bachchan’s father, Dr. Harivansh Rai, was a well-known Hindi poet. Teji Bachchan the mother of Amitabh Bachchan, was a Sikh socialite. Ajitabh, his younger brother, is his only sibling.
Bachchan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University after attending the residential school Sherwood College. He went on to work as a freight trader in Calcutta after graduating. Bachchan was ready for a change after a few years in Calcutta. He decided to go to Bombay and pursue a career in the Bollywood show business.
The Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan turned 79 yesterday. It’s once again time to commemorate the life and times of the Bollywood star.
There was a flurry of festivities: Amitabh Bachchan’s family had reportedly organized two birthday celebrations, as well as an art show including pieces inspired by the actor and made by prominent Indian artists and sculptors. The show will be turned into a book in the future.
Amitabh was the man who carried the Olympic torch in London, he was voted as one of the greatest actors of all time by a BBC online poll, was the first Indian actor to be immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud’s, has starred in almost 200 films, and was once compelled to clear immigration in his Cairo hotel after his Egyptian admirers grew excessively excited at the airport.
Bachchan has become more than a celebrity in India. He’s taken on the shape of a national figure.
When you ask someone in a far-flung part of the country who their prime minister is, they are likely to be perplexed. Even if they haven’t seen a single one of Amitabh Bachchan’s films, if you ask them who he is, they would know.
There have been numerous successful thespians and wildly popular stars in India, but none have maintained the course for as long or towered above the competition as he has (although sporadically) for much of his 43-year career.
Bachchan’s debut film, KA Abbas’s Saat Hindustani (Seven Indians), was released in 1969 and, like many of his subsequent films, failed at the box office.
He appeared to be ready to call it a day. Bachchan, who was dating popular film star Jaya Bhaduri at the time, was about to board a train to Calcutta, where he had previously worked in a commercial business and performed in a few plays.
In recent news, megastar Amitabh Bachchan said on his 79th birthday that he has terminated his contract with a pan masala company, alleging that he was unaware that it lay under surrogate advertising. “Wasn’t Aware It Falls Under Surrogate Advertising,” Amitabh Bachchan says of his contract with Kamala Pasand.
Amitabh Bachchan has returned the money he got for promotional responsibilities after canceling his contract, according to the statement.
Kamala Pasand said “Mr. Bachchan contacted the brand a few days after the campaign aired and dropped out of it last week,” in a statement. When the reason for this abrupt change was investigated, it was discovered that when Mr. Bachchan got connected with the business, he was unaware that it comes within the category of surrogate advertising.”
“Mr. Bachchan has also canceled the contract with the Brand, has written to them to inform them of his cancellation and that he has returned the money received for the promotion,” Amitabh’s office commented.
The action comes after a national anti-tobacco organization demanded that the megastar withdraws from a campaign that promoted pan masala, claiming that it would otherwise cause children to get addicted to cigarettes.
Amitabh Bachchan and Shekhar Salkar, President of the National Organisation For Tobacco Eradication, had previously received a letter claiming that pan masala had a negative influence on consumers’ health.
According to the report, Big B should cease making pan masala commercials immediately because he is the government’s brand ambassador for the pulse polio campaign.
“As an oncologist and member of a tobacco cessation NGO, I am enraged and driven to fight dubious methods.” Various important and well-known Bollywood stars, such as Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh, and Hrithik Roshan, perform such embellishing, which contributes to increasing cigarette usage among students,” the letter read.
Amitabh Bachchan responded to a social media fan who inquired why he opted to promote the company in September.
“If certain individuals are being benefited from a business, we should definitely not worry about ‘why am I being linked with it?”, said the movie legend. “If it is an industry, we should surely consider it to be ours as well. You could believe I shouldn’t be doing it, but I’m paid to do it”, he concluded.