Abhishek Bachchan

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Abhishek Bachchan
Abhi 2014.jpg
Bachchan in February 2014
Born(1976-02-05) 5 February 1976 (age 38)
Mumbai, India
OccupationActor, producer, television presenter
Years active2000–present
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) [1]
Spouse(s)Aishwarya Rai (m. 2007)
ChildrenAaradhya (daughter, 2011)
ParentsAmitabh Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan
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Abhishek Bachchan
Abhi 2014.jpg
Bachchan in February 2014
Born(1976-02-05) 5 February 1976 (age 38)
Mumbai, India
OccupationActor, producer, television presenter
Years active2000–present
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) [1]
Spouse(s)Aishwarya Rai (m. 2007)
ChildrenAaradhya (daughter, 2011)
ParentsAmitabh Bachchan
Jaya Bachchan
SignatureSignature of Abhishek Bachchan.svg

Abhishek Bachchan (born 5 February 1976) is an Indian film actor, producer, playback singer and television host. Bachchan has received three Filmfare Awards for acting, a National Award as producer (for Paa) and was named as one of the highest paid actors in Bollywood in 2010.[2]

Bachchan made his acting debut in the drama film Refugee (2000). After earning little praise for his roles in a series of commercially unsuccessful films, he starred in the action thriller Dhoom (2004), a box office hit and the first film in the popular Dhoom series.[3] Bachchan received critical acclaim for supporting role in Yuva (2004), and starred in commercially successful films like Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Sarkar (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) and Guru (2007).[4] He also starred in Dhoom 2 (2006), Dostana (2008), Paa (2009), Bol Bachchan (2012) and Dhoom 3 (2013).[4] He produced Paa along with Sunil Manchanda which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

Married to actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai, Bachchan comes from an illustrious Bollywood family.[5][6] His father Amitabh Bachchan is a leading actor in Hindi cinema and his mother Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan is a former leading actress.[2]

Early life[edit]

Bachchan with his father, Amitabh Bachchan(left) and mother, Jaya Bachchan(center)in February 2014.
See also: Bachchan family

Abhishek Bachchan, born 5 February 1976, is the son of actor Amitabh Bachchan and actress Jaya Bachchan. His elder sister is Shweta Bachchan-Nanda (b. 1974), who is married to Indian businessman Nikhil Nanda. His grandfather, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a poet of Hindi literature and professor at the Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh. The original surname of his family is Srivastava, Bachchan being the pen name used by his grandfather. However, when Amitabh entered films, he did so under his father's pen name. Bachchan is of Kayastha heritage on his father's side,[7] Bengali from his mother's side[8] and Punjabi from his grandmother's side.[9] Time magazine listed Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on its list of most influential Indians.[10][11]

Bachchan was dyslexic as a child; this was referred to by Aamir Khan in the film Taare Zameen Par.[12] He attended Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, and Aiglon College in Switzerland.[13] He then attended Boston University, but dropped out.[14][15]

Career[edit]

Film debut and initial struggle (2000-2003)[edit]

In 2000, Bachchan made his film debut playing the male lead in J. P. Dutta's war drama Refugee opposite Kareena Kapoor, who was also making her debut in the film. Although the film did not fare very well at the box office, both Bachchan and Kapoor received positive reviews for their performances. Film critic Taran Adarsh wrote that he "has all it takes to emerge a competent actor in years to come. Even in his debut-making film, Abhishek comes across as a fine actor and lives up to his family name."[16]

After Refugee, Bachchan starred in a series of poorly received films that failed to make a mark at the box office. However, his performance in Sooraj R. Barjatya's romantic dramedy Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) earned him his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he went on to win the award the following year for his performance in Mani Ratnam's political drama Yuva (2004).

Widespread success (2004-2008)[edit]

Bachchan established himself as a leading actor of Hindi cinema playing a no-nonsense Mumbai police officer in the blockbuster action thriller Dhoom (2004), which also starred Uday Chopra, John Abraham, Esha Deol, and Rimi Sen in pivotal roles. His next two films were Phir Milenge (2004) and Naach (2004), neither of which performed very well at the box office.

Bachchan's first release of 2005 was the crime comedy Bunty Aur Babli, which featured him and Rani Mukerji as the titular con artist duo who perform several successful heists and fall in love along the way. The film emerged as the second highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2005, and earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. This film also marked his first professional collaboration with his father Amitabh Bachchan, who played a police officer closely following the lead pair.

Bachchan was next seen in Ram Gopal Varma's political drama Sarkar, which was a moderate success at the box office. His performance as the morally upright son of a troubled politician (played by his father) earned him rave reviews from critics as well as his second consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next two releases Dus (2005) and Bluffmaster! (2005) were both moderately successful, but did not earn much critical appreciation.

Bachchan won his third consecutive Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Karan Johar's critically acclaimed romantic drama Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), which emerged as a moderate commercial success despite the fact that it dealt with the controversial subject of marital infidelity. Bachchan played the role of a man whose wife (Rani Mukerji) is unhappy with their marriage, and so begins an affair with a friend (Shahrukh Khan) who is also unhappy with his marriage to his wife (Preity Zinta).

Bachchan then starred opposite Aishwarya Rai in the period romance Umrao Jaan, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name starring Rekha and Farooq Sheikh in the lead roles. The film failed to earn the same level of appreciation as the original, and was also a commercial failure. He was next seen in Dhoom 2 (2006), which featured him and Uday Chopra reprising their roles from the original Dhoom (2004) joined by new cast members Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, and Bipasha Basu. The film emerged as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2006, but some critics commented that Bachchan was "[reduced] to a mere supporting player"[17] to his co-star Roshan.

Bachchan earned much critical acclaim for his performance in Mani Ratnam's Guru (2007), loosely based on the life of business magnate Dhirubhai Ambani. Film critic Raja Sen wrote that “Abhishek Bachchan owns the movie... [He] forces himself under the skin of the character, and from gait to accent, proves constantly credible.”[18] The film starred him alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (making the film their first collaboration after their marriage), R. Madhavan, Mithun Chakraborty, Vidya Balan, and Arya Babbar.

His next release was the dance comedy Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) alongside Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol, and Lara Dutta. Although the film failed at the Indian box office, it was a moderate success overseas. He was then seen playing a minor role in the female-centric drama Laaga Chunari Mein Daag (2007) as the love interest of the film's lead actress Rani Mukerji.

Bachchan's first release of 2008 was Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar Raj, which featured him and his father reprising their roles from Sarkar (2005) while his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan entered the cast as a new addition. This film proved to be a major success at the box office, and earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next release was the fantasy adventure film Drona (2008), which was a major failure both critically and commmercially.

Bachchan was next seen in Dostana (2008), a romantic comedy about two men (played by Bachchan and John Abraham) who pretend to be gay in order to be allowed to live with a girl (played by Priyanka Chopra), but then find that they have both fallen in love with her. The film was a major success at the box office, and earned him a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Bachchan's first release of 2009 was Delhi-6, which received a lukewarm response from critics. Later that year he was seen in the family dramedy Paa, which he also produced. The film's plot centered on a boy (played by Amitabh Bachchan) suffering from progeria as well as his relationships with his father (played by Bachchan) and his mother (played by Vidya Balan). For his work as a producer on the film, Bachchan earned the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

Brief setback and recent success (2010-present)[edit]

Bachchan experienced a brief setback in his career[19] with five films that failed critically and commercially. These films were the thriller Raavan (2010), the social drama Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010), the action thriller Game (2011), the crime drama Dum Maaro Dum (2011), and the heist thriller Players (2012).

Bachchan then played a supporting role alongside Ajay Devgn, Asin, and Prachi Desai in Rohit Shetty's comedy Bol Bachchan (2012), which was a major blockbuster at the box office despite receiving mixed reviews from critics. Film critic Anupama Chopra called Bachchan the "best part of the film" and also commented that he "manages to sparkle even in a script that is lazy and determinedly lowbrow".[20]

Bachchan then appeared in Dhoom 3 (2013). Like Dhoom 2 (2006), he and Uday Chopra were the only cast members reprising their roles. In this installment of the series, they were joined by Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif. While the film became a major blockbuster and currently ranks as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all-time, most critics commented that Bachchan was overshadowed by Khan similar to how he was overshadowed by Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2.

Upcoming projects[edit]

As of August 2014, Bachchan has three projects in different stages of development. He has completed work on Farah Khan's heist comedy Happy New Year. The film is set to release in October 2014 and features Bachchan as part of an ensemble cast which includes Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, and Vivaan Shah. He is also filming for the romantic drama All Is Well opposite Asin, which is set to release in December 2014. He has also signed on to star with Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh as the three male leads of Housefull 3, the sequel to Housefull (2010) and Housefull 2 (2012). This installment is to be directed by Sajid-Farhad and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala.[21]

Other work[edit]

In 2005, he was a part of Tamil director Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai, an event which sought to raise funds for The Banyan, a voluntary organisation which rehabilitates homeless women with mental illness in Chennai.[22]

In the summer of 2008, Bachchan, his wife, his father, and actors Preity Zinta, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Madhuri Dixit starred in the "Unforgettable World Tour" stage production. The first leg covered the USA, Canada, Trinidad, and London. Bachchan is also involved in the functional and administrative operations of his father's company, originally known as ABCL, and renamed as AB Corp. Ltd. That company, along with Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., developed the Unforgettable production.[23]

In 2011, Bachchan has promoted awareness of drug abuse in India as part of a citizen education campaign. The actor launched the Awareness Day race, which celebrated the silver jubilee of the country's Narcotics Control Bureau.[24][25]

Brand ambassador[edit]

Bachchan has been brand ambassador for products like LG Home appliances,[26] American Express credit cards,[27] Videocon DTH,[28] Motorola mobiles,[29] Ford fiesta[30] and Idea mobiles.[31]

In 2009, Abhishek Bachchan was announced the winner of the 'Best Brand Ambassador of the Year' award at the NDTV Techlife Awards 2009.[32]

AdEx India,a division of TAM Media Research conducted a study on celebrity brand endorsements for the period of Jan–Dec 2010 in which Abhishek Bachchan eats the pie with a 4.7% share ad volume out of the 41.5% film actors on the endorsement circuit.[33][34]

In 2014, he became the brand ambassador for the END7 campaign of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. The goal of the campaign is to eradicate seven different tropical diseases by 2020.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Bachchan with his wife Aishwarya Rai, 2013.

In October 2002, at his father Amitabh Bachchan's 60th birthday celebration, Abhishek and actress Karisma Kapoor announced their engagement.[36] The engagement was called off in January 2003. Aishwarya Rai fell in love with actor Bachchan who is two years younger than her whilst filming for Dhoom 2,[37] though both of them had already appeared together in Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (in which her then longtime boyfriend, Salman Khan, made a brief cameo) and Kuch Naa Kaho. Bachchan and Rai announced their engagement on 14 January 2007 later confirmed by his father, Amitabh Bachchan.[38][39] The couple was married on 20 April 2007, according to traditional Hindu rituals of the Bunt community, to which Rai belongs. The wedding took place in a private ceremony at the Bachchan residence, Prateeksha, in Juhu, Mumbai,[40] but was heavily covered by the entertainment media. The couple appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in September 2009,[41] and were described as more famous than Brangelina.[42] They have been described as a supercouple in the Indian media.[43][44] Rai gave birth to a baby girl on 16 November 2011.[45][46] Her daughter became quite popular by the name of "Beti B" which was named by the fans and the media, since the couple took over four months to name their daughter. The baby girl was finally named as Aaradhya Bachchan in March 2012.[47]

Awards[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2000RefugeeRefugeeNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2003Main Prem Ki Diwani HoonPrem KumarNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2004YuvaLallan SinghFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2005Bunty Aur BabliRakesh Trivedi / BuntyNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2005SarkarShankar NagreFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006Kabhi Alvida Naa KehnaRishi TalwarFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007GuruGurukant K. DesaiNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2008Sarkar RajShankar NagreNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2008DostanaSameer KapoorNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2009PaaAmol ArteNational Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi
(as producer)

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