Exactly 50 years from today, February 15th, Amitabh Bachchan had signed his first ever film Saat Hindustani and ever since then, the legendary actor with the iconic persona has been omnipresent in the Indian film industry.
Amitabh Bachchan’s debut movie was released in 1969 and soon after that, he got star roles in movies like Parwana, Anand, Guddi, Bombay To Goa, etc. Despite so many movies in his early acting career, Bachchan has seen numerous ups and downs – from a fatal accident to reaching the dizzy heights of success, then hitting a sudden rock bottom and then working up to become a megastar in the Indian cinema, among hundreds and thousands of young actors to become an icon that the country still knows, loves and loves on screen – for five full decades.
Through his journey, he gained popularity for in the early 1970s for movies like Zanjeer and Deewar, and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. Moreover, has been at the peak of his career for a stunning 17 years – from 1976 to 1999 – longer than most actors’ acting career lasts. From roles as a 70 year old nagging father in Piku to a 12 year old in Paa, from a ghost in Bhootnaath to a stubborn teacher in Black, from playing as a lover boy in Silsila to a stern and staunch father in Mohabbatein – Amitabh Bachchan is a one man in million roles.
On the day when Bachchan completed an illustrious half century, you should know that his full name is Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava Bachchan – with his real surname being Shrivastava, and Bachchan was just a pen name chosen by his poet father. And like Hollywood actor Bruce Willis once commented, Amitabh Bachchan was ‘bigger than any Hollywood star’, for his is still a megastar since 50 stupendous years.