Abhishek Bachchan in 2007
5 February 1976 |
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Actor, producer, television presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Aishwarya Rai (2007–present)|
Abhishek Bachchan (born 5 February 1976) is an Indian film actor. 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.
Bachchan made his acting debut in the drama film Refugee (2000). He became a full-fledged movie star after starring in commercially successful action thriller Dhoom (2004). Bachchan received critical acclaim for his work in Yuva (2004), Sarkar (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) and Guru (2007). He subsequently appeared in commercially successful films like Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Guru (2007) and Bol Bachchan (2012) and Dhoom series. In 2010, he produced Paa (2009) 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. His father Amitabh Bachchan, and mother Jaya Bachchan, were leading actors in Hindi cinema. .
Early life 
Abhishek Bachchan is the son of Amitabh Bachchan and actress Jaya Bachchan, his elder sister is Shweta Bachchan-Nanda (b. 1974). His grandfather, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a poet of Hindi literature and professor at the Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh. The original last name of his family is Shrivastava, Bachchan being the pen name used by his grandfather. However, when his father Amitabh entered films, he did so under his father's pen name. Bachchan is of Kayastha heritage from his father's side, Bengali from his mother's side and Punjabi from his grandmother's side.
Bachchan was dyslexic as a child which was referred by Aamir Khan in film Taare Zameen Par. He attended Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, and Aiglon College in Switzerland. He then attended Boston University, but dropped out.
In the year 2000, Bachchan began his career with J.P. Dutta's Refugee which also marked the debut of another actress Kareena Kapoor. His performance was described as his "strengths lie in his intense eyes and inherited baritone" by critics and the film performed moderately well at the box office and was the fifth highest grossing film of that year. Bachchan went on to do other films, including Shararat and Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai, without much success.
Bachchan went on to give a string of 17 poorly received films but his performances in Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon (2003) and Mani Ratnam's Yuva (2004) proved his mettle as an actor. In 2004, he starred in Dhoom his first commercial hit. Earning over Rs. 55 crore (US $12 million), the film became one of the top-grossing Indian films of 2004. For his work in "Yuva", Bachchan was awarded his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
In 2005, Bachchan shot to fame with four movies that did well commercially. He starred in Shaad Ali's Bunty Aur Babli opposite Rani Mukerji. The film was a critical and commercial success becoming one of the biggest hits of 2005. In July, he appeared in Sarkar was a success at the box office and was greeted very well by critics. His performance earned him another Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. His third film was Dus was a commercial success. He starred in Rohan Sippy's Bluffmaster was a moderate success. He also received his first Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category.
Bachchan's first 2006 release Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, became one of the biggest box office hits in India, earning Rs 458 million, and grossed over Rs 480 million abroad, the biggest Bollywood success of all-time in the overseas market up until then. He played the role of Rishi Talwar, a young man who lives in New York whose wife cheats on him with a family friend. His performance in the film earned him his third consecutive award for Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare Awards. Bachchan's second release Umrao Jaan failed to do well at the box office, but his third film that year, Dhoom 2, did very well—although, as in the first Dhoom, critics noted that Hrithik Roshan, as the antagonist, stole the show. The film was generally well received by both critics and the mass audience. It became the highest-grossing Indian film of 2006, and remains in the top ten on the list of highest-grossing Bollywood films in India. In early 2007, Bachchan starred in Mani Ratnam's Guru. The film was a commercial success and his performance was acclaimed by critics and audiences, earning him his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. His next release of that year, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, failed to do well in India but did better overseas, especially in the UK.
In 2008 he co-starred with wife Aishwarya Rai and father Amitabh Bachchan in Ram Gopal Verma's Sarkar Raj, the sequel of Sarkar. His next film Drona was critically and commercially a failure. Later the same year he starred in Karan Johar's romantic comedy Dostana opposite John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra. Bachchan and Abraham star as two men who pretend to be gay, so that they can rent an apartment from an older lady, and later fall in love with the same girl, who is the woman's niece. The film was a big success at the box office.
In 2009, Bachchan appeared in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's Delhi-6. The film opened to mixed reviews and received a poor financial profit. In the same year, Bachchan produced the Hindi film Paa for AB Corp. Ltd. The film is based on a rare genetic condition known as progeria and places emphasis on a father-son relationship. Bachchan played the father of his real-life father Amitabh, with Vidya Balan playing the latter's mother. The film received positive reviews and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
In January 2010, Bachchan hosted a game show for Colors titled National Bingo Night. The debut episode fetched a 3.5 in the TV ratings. In 2010, he starred as the villain in Mani Ratnam's Raavan, alongside his wife Aishwarya. Rediff said the film had "great performances", but the film was generally a critical and commercial failure. In the same year, he appeared in Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey.
In April 2011, Bachchan starred in the action film Game directed by Abhinay Deo. Later in that month, he played the lead in Dum Maaro Dum, which opened to mostly positive reviews from critics. Bachchan's acting was highly appreciated in the movie and considered as one of the best roles of the year.
Abhishek Bachchan is working on releasing a hip hop album titled "Side B" in late 2011.
His first release in 2012 was Players which was an official remake of Hollywood film The Italian Job, and saw him playing the character of Charlie Mascarenhas, the leader of the heist, Bachchan was required to tone up the most as he was the lead character and had to perform dangerous train stunts. However the film failed to live up to expectations and was declared a financial failure, despite earning mixed reviews. Bachchan's last release Bol Bachchan, which saw him alongside Ajay Devgan, Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai was a major commercial success.
Other work 
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.
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 rechristened as AB Corp. Ltd. That company, along with Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., developed the Unforgettable production.
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.
Brand Ambassador 
In 2009, Abhishek Bachchan was announced the winner of the 'Best Brand Ambassador of the Year' award at the NDTV Techlife Awards 2009.
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.
Personal life 
In October 2002, at his father Amitabh Bachchan's 60th birthday celebration, Abhishek and actress Karisma Kapoor announced their engagement. The engagement was called off in January 2003. Though they both appeared in Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (in which her then longtime boyfriend, Salman Khan, made a brief cameo) and Kuch Naa Kaho, Bachchan fell in love with actress Aishwarya Rai whilst filming for Dhoom 2. Bachchan and Rai announced their engagement on 14 January 2007 later confirmed by his father, Amitabh Bachchan. 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, but was heavily covered by the entertainment media. His international presence shot up when he accompanied Aishwarya Rai to the Cannes Film festival shortly after their marriage, and later to the Oprah Winfrey show. The couple appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on 28 September 2009. They have been described as a supercouple in the Indian media. Rai gave birth to a baby girl on 16 November 2011. Her daughter became quite popular by the name of "Beti B" which was christened 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.
|1998||Samjhauta Express||Hassan||Filmed halfway through/Sheveled|
|2000||Refugee||Refugee||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut|
|2000||Dhai Akshar Prem Ke||Karan Malhotra|
|2000||Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya||Kabir Srivastav|
|2001||Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai||Suraj Srivastav|
|2002||Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya||Vijay Kapoor|
|2002||Om Jai Jagadish||Jagadish Batra|
|2003||Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost||Karan Singh|
|2003||Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon||Prem Kumar||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2003||Tujhe Meri Kasam||Akash K. Dixit|
|2003||Kuch Naa Kaho||Raj|
|2003||Zameen||ACP Jaidev Malhotra|
|2003||LOC Kargil||Lt. Vikram Batra|
|2004||Run||Siddharth Varma (Sidhu)|
|2004||Yuva||Lallan Singh||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2004||Dhoom||ACP Jai Dixit|
|2004||Phir Milenge||Tarun Anand|
|2005||Bunty Aur Babli||Rakesh Trivedi / Bunty||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2005||Sarkar||Shankar Nagre||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2005||Antar Mahal||Brij Bhushan||Bengali film|
|2006||Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||Rishi Talwar||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2006||Umrao Jaan||Nawab Sultan Khan|
|2006||Dhoom 2||ACP Jai Dixit|
|2007||Guru||Gurukant K. Desai||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2007||Jhoom Barabar Jhoom||Rikki Thukral|
|2007||Laaga Chunari Mein Daag||Rohan Varma|
|2008||Sarkar Raj||Shankar Nagre||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2008||Dostana||Sameer Kapoor||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor|
|2009||Paa||Amol Arte||National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi|
|2010||Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey||Surya Sen|
|2011||Dum Maro Dum||ACP Vishnu Kamath|
|2012||Bol Bachchan||Abhishek Bachchan / Abbas Ali|
|2013||Dhoom 3: Back in Action||ACP Jai Dixit||Filming|
|2013||Happy New Year||Ankit Shrivastava||Pre-production|
|2013||Dostana 2||Sameer Kapoor(Sam)||Pre-production|
Guest appearance 
|2004||Rakht||Manav||Special appearance in song "Kya Maine Socha – One Love"|
|2005||Salaam Namaste||Dr. Vijay Kumar / Narrator||Special appearance|
|2005||Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak||Special appearance|
|2005||Ek Ajnabee||Special appearance|
|2005||Neal n' Nikki||Wahid Khan||Extended Special appearance|
|2006||Alag||Special appearance in song "Sabse Alag"|
|2006||Lage Raho Munna Bhai||Sunny Khurana||Special appearance|
|2007||Shootout at Lokhandwala||Abhishek Mahatre||Guest appearance|
|2007||Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag||Special appearance|
|2007||Om Shanti Om||Himself||Special appearance|
|2008||Mission Istaanbul||Special appearance|
|2009||Luck by Chance||Himself||Special appearance|
|2010||Jhootha Hi Sahi||Anand||Voice-over|
|2013||Nautanki Saala||Himself||Special appearance|
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