This film along with ‘Trishul’ and ‘Deewar’ proved to be trendsetter etching his image as angry youngman in the hearts of millions of cine viewers Subsequent releases, like ‘Bombay to Goa’, ‘Amar-Akbar-Anthony’. The ‘Great Gambler’, ‘Mukaddar Ka Sikandar’ etc. have only revealed streaks of histrionic versatility and genius this most brilliant thespian in the history of Indian motion picture possesses. The elder son to famous Hindi poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan, Amitabh was born in Allahabad on October 11, 1942. He had his early education in Doon School and higher education in Kirore Mai College (Delhi). After completing his studies he got a job with Kolkata based company. But he quit it soon to woo his first love acting and went to Mumbai to try his luck.
The moment he got his first major break in Bollywood, there was no looking back for him. The spring of glorious achievement stretching for about two decades was followed by a series of crises in 1980. In 1982 he met with near fatal accident while shooting for Coolie.
Shortly afterwards, he fell prey to nerve disorder. In the late 1980 his name was dragged in controversial Before kickbacks and the worst came with the fiasco of his business venture ABCL. The enormous courage, determination and will power with which he stood against all odds and got back to the center stage, speak of glorious and highly inspiring saga of struggles of a great personality to stay alive in the midst of numerous ordeals of fate.
He was again at his best when hosted ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, India’s most popular T.V. game shows organized by Star Plus. It added another feather to his cap of colossal achievements. He was honoured by BBC as the best Actor of Millennium and by International Films Academy in 2002 as Personality of the year.
Amitabh’s meteoric rise from low profit business executive to an icon reflects an individual never say die attitude, his indomitable spirit and his ability to remain positive even in the face of myriad obstacles of life. The experiences and achievements of Amitabh have a lot for today’s ambitious youngstars to learn from Amitabh. Amitabh is veritably an outstanding source of inspiration. His struggle tells us that one should not stop striving for success even when he is bogged down by failures. Similarly one should not lose his mental balance after initial success but should always see aiming at still bigger success in life.