6 feet 1 inch Amitabh Bachchan birth name Amitabh Harivansh Srivastav was born in 11 October 1942 in Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) India. He is popularly known as an Indian film actor, producer, television host, and former politician. In 1969, after being urged by his mother, the young man debuted in Hindi cinema, by lending his baritone voice in famous director Mrinal Sens project Bhuvan Shome. The movie, starring acting stalwart Utpal Dutt won the prestigious National Award.The same year, he acted alongside Utpal Dutt, Jalal Agha, Anwar Ali, and Madhu, in the movie Saat Hindustani.
Bachchan was struggling, seen as a failed newcomer who, by the age of 30, had two hits movies but twelve flops. Bachchan was soon discovered by screenwriter duo Salim-Javed, consisting of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar. Salim Khan wrote the story, screenplay and script of Zanjeer (1973), and conceived the angry young man persona of the lead role. Javed Akhtar came on board as co-writer, and Prakash Mehra, who saw the script as potentially groundbreaking, as the films director. However, they were struggling to find an actor for the lead angry young man role, which was turned down by a number of actors due to it going against the romantic hero image dominant in the industry at the time. Salim-Javed soon discovered Bachchan and saw his talent. According to Salim Khan, they strongly felt that Amitabh was the ideal casting for the movie Zanjeer. Salim Khan introduced Bachchan to Prakash Mehra, and Salim-Javed insisted that Bachchan be cast for the role.
Zanjeer was a crime film with violent action, in sharp contrast to the romantically themed films that had generally preceded it, and it established Amitabh in a new persona the angry young man of Bollywood cinema. He earned his first Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actor, with Filmfare later considering this one of the most iconic performances of Bollywood history. The film was a huge success and one of the highest grossing films of that year, breaking Bachchans dry spell at the box office and making him a star