The star of over 120 films, Amitabh Bachchan is a living Bollywood legend. Through a prolific career encompassing brief spells in both politics and television, he has achieved global recognition as an undisputed screen icon.
Amitabh has often been referred to as the ' Angry Young Man
' of Indian cinema for his defiant character studies throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Providing India with heroic and thoroughly modern role models, Bachchan became a cultural and cinematic ambassador in his homeland and around the world.
I feel that Indian cinema is a true integrator in the country.
In this video - available to watch in full on BAFTA Guru - Amitabh recalls memorable moments from an extraordinary career including his childhood, his break-through performances and his recent television success. He discusses with Alan Yentob the nature of fame, the role of cinema in India and the growing influence of Bollywood around the world. Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar and actors Kabir Bedi and Saeed Jeffrey then pay personal tributes to the man who changed the image of Indian cinema.