Well known as the ‘angry young man’ of Bollywood, a versatile actor, a fantastic host, and a widely acclaimed philanthropist, Amitabh Bachchan has clearly made a mark in the film industry. French director Francois Truffaut called him a ‘one-man-industry’, thus undoubtedly indicating that he’s one of the most influential actors that Bollywood has ever got and will ever get. Amitabh Bachchan has done around 180 movies and they have varied in languages. Apart from the various National Awards for his unparalleled contribution to the Indian cinema, he has also received the highest civilian award of the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government For his exceptional career in cinema.
It’s no secret that Amitabh Bachchan’s father was the noted Indian poet, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and that he had grown up with his family in Allahabad. He completed his education in Sherwood College based in Nainital. Soon after, he started showing a keen interest in movies and moved to the city of dream, Bombay. After a lot of struggle, he finally made his Bollywood debut in 1969 as a voice narrator. But, he rose to stardom only after 1973 when he started playing the lead actor in movies like Zanjeer, Namak Halal, Sholay, Deewar, etc. Even today when he is in his 70s, he is sought after by nearly every top Bollywood director for playing substantial roles.
Amitabh Bachchan although, born in a time when India was highly orthodox, shares views which are radical and much needed in today’s age of diversity and adversity. This is reflected in his personal life as well as his movies. He opened a trust under his father’s name called ‘The Harivansh Rai Bachchan Memorial Trust’. This organisation basically joins hands with other organisations and helps them financially in their projects. In 2013, ‘The HRB Memorial Trust’ helped ‘Urja Foundation’ commission the installment of power systems in all the homes based in Mumbai which did not have electricity. Likewise, they have donated a lot towards education, cultural development, environmental protection, against the usage of drugs and so on.
Along with his wife Jaya Bachchan, he has helped many organisations by donating money and extending his support. In Andhra Pradesh, he donated 11 lakh rupees to many families who needed financial support. There were around 100 Vidarbha families whose debts needed to be cleared who were helped graciously by Amitabh. In 2010, he made a contribution to ‘Resul Pookutty Foundation’, a non-profit welfare organization started by the Oscar winning sound technician, for opening a medical centre in Kochi
India was declared a polio-free nation in 2014 for which the nation will be hugely indebted to Amitabh Bachchan. He was made the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio Eradication Campaign in India. His charismatic voice urged millions of people to get the ‘two drops of life’ for their little kids.
In 2013, his family donated to ‘Plan India’. They gave 25 lakh rupees for girl child development and uplifting. He ardently campaigned for ‘Save the Tiger’ project and we’re all well aware of the successful results. Several times, he has extended help to PETA in rescuing animals and working on their rehabilitation.
Much contrary to his onscreen image of ‘angry young man’, Amitabh Bachchan is a calm, composed and responsible Indian. A true gentleman, we must say!