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Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan born on 11 October 1942, gained popularity in the early 1970s as the "angry young man" of Hindi cinema, and has since become one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema.

Bachchan has won numerous major awards in his career, including four National Film Awards, three of which are in the Best Actor category, and fourteen Filmfare Awards. He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 36 nominations overall. In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter, and was an elected member of the Indian Parliament from 1984 to 1987.

Bachchan made his film debut in 1969 as a voice narrator in Mrinal Sen's National Award winning film Bhuvan Shome. Later director Prakash Mehra cast him in the leading role for the film Zanjeer (1973) as Inspector Vijay Khanna.

On 26 July 1982, while filming Coolie in the University Campus in Bangalore, Bachchan suffered a near fatal intestinal injury during the filming of a fight scene with co-actor Puneet Issar.

In the year 2000, Bachchan stepped up to host India's adaptation of the British television game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? entitled, Kaun Banega Crorepati.

In 2005, Bachchan has lent his voice to the Oscar-winning French documentary March of the Penguins, directed by Luc Jacquet.

In 2003, he was conferred with the Honorary Citizenship of the French town of Deauville.

Severals books have been written about Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan: the Legend was published in 1999.

Bachchan himself has also written a book in 2002: Soul Curry for you and me -- An Empowering Philosophy That Can Enrich Your Life.

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