Amitabh Bachchan(11 October 1942)
Wishing a very happy birthday to Amitabh Bachchan!
Amitabh Bachchan is a well – known name in Bollywood industry. The word good fortune and hard work are very much related to Amitabh Bachchan. He is known as a “Shahenshah of Bollywood”, “Star of the Millennium” or “Big B”. Movies like Zanjeer and Deewar gave him popularity in early 1970. He has won numerous awards for his hard work like National Film Awards and Filmfare Awards.The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 for his contributions to the arts. The Government of France honoured him with its highest civilian honour, Knight of the Legion of Honour, in 2007 for his exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond. He did so many movies in Bollywood and he is a successful actor in industry but he is also known as an egoless person.
Amitabh Bachchan is a very down to earth personality. He has everything in his life like name, fame, success and good family but still he is very kind from his attitude. Amitabh Bachchan has been involved in many social works. Amitabh donated ₹11 lakh to clear the debts of nearly 40 beleaguered farmers in Andhra Pradesh. He also donated ₹30 lakh to clear the debts of some 100 Vidarbha farmers. In 2010, he donated ₹11 lakh (US$16,000) for Resul Pookutty’s foundation, for the medical centre at Kochi. Amitabh Bachchan donated ₹2.5 lakh to Delhi Police constable Subhash Chand Tomar’s family, who died after succumbing to injuries during an anti-gangrape protest for 2012 Delhi gang rape. He opened a Harivansh Rai Bachchan Memorial Trust or HRB Memorial Trust in his father’s name in 2013. Amitabh Bachchan was made UNICEF goodwill ambassador for polio Eradication Campaign in India in 2002 when 1,556 polio cases were detected that year .On 27 March 2014, World Health Organization(WHO) declared India a polio free country with no case of the disease being reported in the previous three years. In 2013, Amitabh and his family donated ₹25 lakh (US$37,000) to charitable trust Plan India that works for the upliftment of the girl child in India. Amitabh Bachchan donated ₹11 lakh (US$16,000) to Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund in 2013. Amitabh was the face of ‘Save Our Tigers’ campaign that promoted the importance of tiger conservation in India and much more …..
Amitabh Bachchan is very spiritual and has a deep faith in God. In his life, he faced very ups and down time but he didn’t lose hope and him choice the attitude “keep moving”.
He faced two drastic situations in his life;
- In the shooting of movie Coolie, Amitabh Bachchan was critically injured on 26 July 1982 in the intestines which almost cost him his life. In the fight scene, Bachchan was supposed to fall onto a table but mistimed his jump. This resulted in an internal abdominal injury. He was transferred to a Mumbai hospital, where according to the actor, he went into a “haze and coma-like situation”, and was “clinically dead for a couple of minutes”. Bachchan received 60 bottles of blood from 200 donors, one of whom was carrying theHepatitis B Bachchan recovered from the accident, but discovered in 2000 that the virus had resulted in cirrhosis of the liver, which damaged about 75% of his liver. Bachchan later spoke out about his experience to raise awareness about the Hepatitis B vaccine. Despite the critical injury, Bachchan recovered remarkably and resumed shooting on 7 January 1983. In the final cut of the film, the fight scene during which he got injured was frozen and a message appears marking the scene as the one in which he was injured. Manmohan Desai did this on Amitabh’s wish. In this situation, his Good fortune saved him. He saw a death closely that’s why he believed God in every aspect.
- In the year 2000, Amitabh Bachchan was bankrupt. He started ABCL venture in 1995 and this company gained popularity in 1996 it was responsible for bringing to India the Miss World Pageant but in the year 1999, ABCL was facing an unprecedented liquidity crunch. Substantial funds were blocked in production and distribution of films; staff salaries were not being paid on time, and public confidence has nosedived.In March 1999, hounded by creditors led by India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan and Canara Bank, ABCL approached the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction to seek protection under the bankruptcy laws. Bachchan, however, pleaded that he had mortgaged his bungalow to Sahara India Finance for raising funds for his company. The Indian Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction declared Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited a ‘sick’ company with a debt of US$14m. According to Mr. Bachchan, in the year 2000, when the entire world was celebrating the new century, I was celebrating my disastrous fortune. There were no films, no money, no company, a million legal cases against and the tax authorities had put notice of recovery on my home,”
Amitabh Bachchan’s strong determination, hard work and Keep moving attitude saved him from this problem also. According to Amitabh Bachchan – “Our friends advised us to close this losing venture and move on but we decided to clear all our debts despite huge losses and re-start the production of films“. “It is only my conscience that kept me going,” the legendary actor said. “Many businessmen and financial advisers told me that I should give up ABCL and start a new life. But somewhere I felt that I owe people money. People had put faith in ABCL because of my name. Therefore, I could not let it go easily.” There was a sword hanging over my head all the time. I spent many sleepless nights. One day, I got up early in the morning and went directly to Yash Chopraji and told him that I was bankrupt. I had no films. My house and a small property in New Delhi were attached. Yashji listened coolly and then offered me a role in his film Mohabattein. I then started doing commercials, television, and films. And I am happy to say today that I have repaid my entire debt of Rs 90 crore and am starting afresh.
Amitabh Bachchan is a strong personality. His never give up attitude make him Big B of Industry. No one can replace him because he is only one in the whole world.