Bollywood Infographic The Life And Times Of Amitabh Bachchan

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We designed an infographic on the legendary Indian actor, Amitabh Bachchan
The Times and Life of Amitabh Bachchan depicts the rise, fall and resurrection of a national icon. The infographic takes the reader through a visual journey of Amitabh Bachchan’s career while infusing little-known interesting facts about his life.
Amitabh Bachchan and Bollywood have mass appeal across the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. The popularity of channels like Zee Aflam and MBC Bollywood is a testament to the fact that Bollywood is here to stay.
Amitabh Bachchan’s appeal transcends boundaries, regions, languages and cultures.  If Bollywood has a heart, then it has to be Bachchan.
The Times and Life of Amitabh Bachchan strikes a cultural chord with viewers and pays tribute to a true Bollywood legend.

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This infographic will explore the career of Amitabh Bachchan, one of Hindi cinema’s biggest stars. The visuals should mimic the look of his movie posters, with rich, painterly style images of Bachchan to visualize his career and its impact.

1942

Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan is born Oct. 11, 1942, in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. His father was renowned Hindi poet Dr. Harivansh Rai and his mother was Teji Bachchan. Inspired by the struggle for Indian independence, Amitabh is named Inquilaab, meaning “revolution,” by his mother. At the suggestion of a poet friend of his father’s, his name is changed to Amitabh, which means “the light that will never die.”

DID YOU KNOW? He earned double Masters of Arts degrees from Delhi, but he wanted to become an engineer and was interested in joining the Indian Air Force.

1960s

After completing his education in Delhi, he moves to Calcutta and then Bombay to find work as a film star, but finds filmmakers aren’t interested in putting him on the screen because he’s too tall and his skin isn’t fair enough.

But they do find a use for him — in 1969, his deep baritone voice is used for narration in Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome.

1971

Only two films after his first acting role comes his breakout portrayal in Anand, for which he earns his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

DID YOU KNOW? He appeared in an average of 6 movies a year during the 1970s!

1975

Stars in his two biggest blockbusters to date – Sholay and Deewar. Sholay, which opens to a lukewarm reception but quickly becomes one of the highest-grossing Hindi films ever with a theater run of more than five years. After Deewar, he was well on his way to becoming a one-man industry.

DID YOU KNOW? Sholay was declared “Film of the Millennium” by BBC India and Internet polls in 1999.

1982

Suffers a near-fatal injury while filming a fight scene on the set of Coolie, eliciting prayers from millions of fans all over the world.

DID YOU KNOW? His favourite screen name is Vijay, as seen in more than 20 movies. Another common name has been Amit.

1988

Returns to films after four-year break but doesn’t find wide commercial success.

DID YOU KNOW? He hates the word Bollywood

1999

Is named Actor of the Millennium in a BBC News poll, ahead of Sir Alec Guinness and Sir Laurence Olivier.

DID YOU KNOW? He is the only actor to star in a remake of his own film as hero as well as villain.

2000

Hosts the first season of Indian version of the TV game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Kaun Banega Crorepati, reaching tens of millions of fans on television.

DID YOU KNOW? He has played more double roles than any other actor. In Mahaan, he had a triple role.

2001

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham pairs Amitabh and Jaya on-screen after 18 years and becomes of the biggest-grossing movies outside of India.

2012

Carries the Olympic torch during its relay for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

DID YOU KNOW? He suffers from a rare muscular disorder known as myasthenia gravis.

2013

Announces he’s donating 2.5 million INR to charities aimed at the health of girls in India. Makes his Hollywood debut in The Great Gatsby.

DID YOU KNOW? He holds the record for most number of best actor nominations for popular film awards.

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