Amitabh Bachchan (Hindi: अमिताभ बच्चन, IPA: [/əmitaːbʱ bətʃːən/]; born Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan on 11 October 1942) is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s 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 three National Film Awards and twelve Filmfare Awards. He holds the record for most number of Best Actor nominations at the Filmfare Awards. 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.
- If Slumdog Millionaire projects India as a Third World, dirty-underbelly, developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky underbelly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations. It's just that the Slumdog Millionaire idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a Westerner, gets creative Golden Globe recognition. The other would perhaps not.
- In his blog, reported in Andrew Buncombe, "Slumdogs who seek success", The Independent (January 16, 2009), News, p. 30.
- We had forgotten the art of using silence to convey emotions in our films and that's what you seem to have mastered. You've used silence to great advantage in the film. It's brilliant.
- He never gave us a script and we never asked - we were safe in his hands.
- On Hrishikesh Mukherjee, reported in Encyclopaedia of Hindi cinema (2003), p. 492.
- What is intrinsically good will never change its character, no matter where it is found.
- Soul Curry for You and Me: An Empowering Philosophy that Can Enrich Your Life (with R. D. Tailang, 2002), p. 21.
- A seed is small in size. But it carries in its womb leaves, flowers, fruits, nay even the whole tree. The human brain is very much like a seed. It may not have a great shape and size. But it traps within itself endless possibilities. It is a fountainhead of thoughts and promises that can be fulfilled.
- Soul Curry for You and Me: An Empowering Philosophy that Can Enrich Your Life (with R. D. Tailang, 2002), p. 113.
- I believe that cinema picks up ideas from society and not the other way round.
- Reported in Cinema in India (1991), p. 37.
- When your back is against the wall, there's only one way to go and that's forward.
- On Rajiv Gandhi, reported in Steven R. Weisman, "India a Year Later: Gandhi Leaving His Mark", The New York Times (October 30, 1985), A-1.