Amitabh Bachchan is the undisputed king of Indian cinema; having appeared in over 90 films, he is certainly one of his country's most prolific performers. His 1969 film debut, Saat Hindustani, was not met with success, but within a few years his place as a top action star in India would be firmly established. His 1970s success, including such films as Zanjeer, Deewar, and Sholay, would continue for over ten years. Eventually, Bachchan retired almost completely from acting and pursued other interests, including in film production and a brief political stint in Indian parliament. Although popular male action stars throughout Asia are inevitably compared to Clint Eastwood, Bachchan may, in fact, defy this rather cliched analogy. In addition to strong acting and presence, this Indian superstar's performances have also required singing and dancing in the elaborate musical numbers that are popular in his country's cinema.
Biography by Jonathan E. Laxamana
- Suffered a near-fatal injury to his abdomen on the set of Coolie (1983) after he mis-judged a fall onto a table and hit the corner instead.
- Served in the Indian Parliament from 1984- to '87.
- The most nominated actor in the history of the Filmfare Awards.
- Briefly retired from acting in the mid-'90s, not appearing in a film for over five years.
- Became host of the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? in 2000.
- Carried the Olympic torch during its procession to London in 2012.