Happy Birthday to the living legend Amitabh Bachchan

11 October, 2017

Amitabh Bachchan who turns 75 today is an Indian film actor and host for the famous T.V show Kaun Banega Crorepati which is aired on Sony TV. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Zanjeer and Deewaar, and was dubbed India's first "angry young man" for his on-screen roles in Bollywood.

Referred to as the "Shahenshah of Bollywood", "Star of the Millennium" or "Big B",  he has appeared in many Bollywood movies in a career spanning almost five decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema. For his total dominance in the Bollywood industry the French director François Truffaut called him a "one-man industry".

Bachchan has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor and many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall.

In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter. He also had a stint in politics in the 1980s. 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. Bachchan made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with The Great Gatsby, in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.

Many celebrities including Virat Kohli, Narendra Modi, Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag has wished Big B on his birthday in their official twitter account.