There are no specific criteria for measuring success. But when it comes to movies, especially Indian movies, a man becomes the benchmark. Thousands of young people have dreamed of becoming an actor, many have become stars. Amitabh Bachchan is the name of the megastar who knows how to captivate generation after generation. Today (11 October) is his birthday. Shahen Shah of Bollywood entered the 80th fall of his life.
Amitabh Bachchan has spent 53 years of his life in the silver world. When you look at this long path, you will only be amazed. He is a shining example of how colorful and successful an actor’s life can be. But behind this magnificent success lies a story of many struggles. He has reached the heaven of fame as a result of hard work and extraordinary sacrifice.
Amitabh was born in Ehalabad in present day Uttar Pradesh, India. He came to Mumbai in the late 1960s. He only had a driver’s license. Young Amitabh entered the city of dreams with great love for acting. He only had movies in his head. So at that time he also turned down a lot of commercial work.
As a result, Amitabh Bachchan faced an extreme financial crisis. He even had to sleep the night on the couch by the road. The actor revealed those difficult days in an interview in 1999. Said, ‘At that time, my monthly income was Rs.50. Then I got an offer of 10,000 rupees for advertising work, but I didn’t take it. Because my main focus was on film. I came to Bombay with only a driver’s license. I thought, if I can’t become an actor, I’ll drive a cab. I didn’t even have a place to sleep then. You cannot stay at friends’ homes for more than a certain amount of time while traveling. That’s why I spent a few nights on a bench in Marine Drive, with the biggest rats I’ve ever seen.’
This is the beginning of the career. Almost everyone has to endure hardships before becoming a star. But even after becoming a star, Big B once faced a terrible financial crisis. He had to borrow money from his employee. His son Abhishek Bachchan brought this matter to light.
Abhishek said in an interview that he studied acting in the United States. At that time, their house was so miserable that there was no food at night. Abhishek was forced to return to the country to be with Father Amitabh. Abhishek says, ‘I can’t sit in Boston when my father doesn’t even know what to eat at night! The timing was so bad. He borrowed money from his employee to buy food. Then I called Dad and said, “Dad, I think I want to quit college halfway through and stay with you. Anyway, I want to help you. At least you know your son is by your side.”
According to internet sources, Amitabh Bachchan’s total net worth is $455 million. That is more than 4 thousand 600 crores in Bangladeshi currency. Few people know the inhuman toil and sacrifices he had to make to achieve this immense wealth and fame.
Not just popularity and wealth, Amitabh Bachchan’s achievements are not short on awards and accolades. Received ‘Padma Vibhushan’, ‘Padma Bhushan’ and ‘Padma Shri’ medals from the Government of India. He has also received the Legion of Honour, the French government’s highest civilian award, and the President of Afghanistan.
In addition, in 2018 he received the highest award of Indian film, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Previously, Amitabh Bachchan won the country’s National Film Award a total of four times as the best actor. Filmfare has received a total of 16 times, including lifetime awards. He also has many other awards and honors in his collection.
The surprising thing is that at an age when almost all actors are retired, Amitabh Bachchan is still hard at work. Hardam hosts the hugely popular TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, in addition to working in advertisements and movies. His new movie ‘Goodbye’ was released on October 7. It received critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Currently, he has at least six movies lined up. These are ‘Ganapath’, ‘Uchai’, ‘Ghumar’, ‘The Umesh Chronicles’, ‘Project K’ and ‘Butterfly’.
Sources: Kaimei.com and Indian Express