I had been thinking of drawing the caricature of Amitabh Bachchan ever since I began this blog some ten months ago, but I didn’t because I couldn’t decide which version of Amitabh should grace this space. The young Amitabh who I grew up with, or the older and the currently popular Big B! I vacillated. I got my references in order for both – and waited.
For reasons unknown to me – I can’t connect with Big B. He isn’t the Amitabh who we talked about when I was a child – Big B is a father and an exemplary one too, who sits with his son on his lap so that his halo blinds us into believing that his son too has got one; he is a patriarch trying to put together an inheritance for his next twenty generations; he is an anchor of a very serious show built around the middle-class dream of becoming a millionaire – Big B is different from the Amitabh of my childhood. I loved his image of the angry young man, the young and emotional persona that swept the entire country off its feet in the 70s and 80s! If that young Amitabh wasn’t there, Big B, Abhishek Bachchan…and all the rest of them wouldn’t be!
I present, with my respect, regard, and love, the caricature of the legendary Bollywood hero, the Great Actor of the Indian Film Industry – Amitabh Bachchan, in his young Avatar!
Here’s a short biography of Amitabh Bachhan.
Amitabh Bachchan’s Shortest Biography on the Web (which still is long enough!)
Amitabh Bachchan, was born on 11 October 1942, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a Hindi Poet, who was as modern in his ideology as he was in his poems. Long back when the caste system still ruled the roost in India, he got married to a beautiful Sikh girl called Teji, and their union resulted in Amitabh and Ajitabh! Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a Shrivastav, who used Bachchan as his pen name, which became extremely popular, and so the family decided to adopt Bachchan as their surname.
Amitabh, unlike the scions of the affluent and the influential didn’t study at Oxford or Harvard, because he probably was born before Harivansh Rai Bachchan had reached the pinnacle of his success. Thus, the Kirorimal College of Delhi University can boast of being his Alma Mater! Three Cheers for KMC at DU.
Now young Amitabh tried to work for a shipping company run by birds – but his Mom Teji Bachchan possibly told him that he was made for bigger and better things. Young Amitabh decided to give acting a shot in 1969 and debuted in Saat Hindustani (7 Indians! Wow…and all of them in the same movie! No wonder that the movie didn’t do great at the box office. If you are reading between the lines…there’s nothing…honestly.) However Amitabh ended up with an award!
Then onwards, there was no stopping the tall young man with those smoldering eyes and with that deep baritone voice. In 1973, came his biggest success – Sholay (The Violent Sparks of Fire)! By this time, Amitabh had established his Angry Young Man image completely. His fans were beginning to copy his hairstyle, his dance moves, his dialogs, even the angry look in his eyes! Amitabh was fast becoming a phenomenon in Bollywood.
Sometime around the late eighties, when Amitabh was shooting for Coolie, he was injured. With that almost fatal injury, he turned somewhat pessimistic. One thing led to another (as it always does in my posts,) and Amitabh disappeared from the scene for almost a decade. However, the new century brought about a change in the Bacchhan family’s fortunes. It began with Mohabattein in which he worked with Shahrukh Khan. In the same year, he also appeared as the host of the TV Show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” (the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”).
His most recent success was Paa, in which his son Abhishek played his father, and for which he won the National Award for Best Actor.
Amitabh Bachchan – Interesting Infobytes:
- Amitabh could’ve been called Inquilab (Revolution) had his name not been changed to Amitabh. I wonder whether his name would’ve changed his fortune.
- Amitabh and Jaya (his wife) worked together in a movie called Guddi, before they got married. There’s about a 14 inch difference in their heights.
- Amitabh has been romantically linked with the beautiful Bollywood actress Rekha (his co-star in Silsila.)
- He is the first Asian actor to have his wax model at Madame Tussaud’s
- His most common screen mom was Nirupa Roy.
- His most common screen name used to be Vijay.
- He was awarded the Hottest Male Vegetarian Award by PETA.
- Amitabh Bachchan’s family has not one but two legends – Amitabh and Aishwarya, his daughter-in-law!
A List of Amitabh Bachchan’s Films:
- Saat Hindustani
- Reshma aur Shera
- Namak Haraam
- Roti, Kapda, aur Makaan
- Chupke Chupke
- Kabhi Kabhi
- Amar Akbar Anthony
- Muquaddar Ka Sikandar
- Mr. Natwarlal
- Do aur Do Paanch
- Satte pe Satta
- Cheeni Kum
(This, of course, is a partial list of his movies, but I guess it covers the collectibles!)