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Amitabh Bachchan is an inspiration
Besides his acting prowess and charisma, Amitabh Bachchan had something else, which most of us lack - the indomitable spirit to fight back when life hit him hard. If we can emulate him in any way it is his spirit.

HE HAS featured in 175 films in 43 years he spent in the Indian film industry and he turns 70 in a couple of days. Yet Amitabh Bachchan can make young hearts beat faster with his charisma.

Born in a family where creative art was an important part of life, it was no surprise that Big B's mother wanted him to embrace the stage. In 1969, he made his debut with nobody's help as a narrator in Mrinal Sen's critically successful work Bhuvan Shome. This opened doors for him in the film industry and he became one of the seven Hindustani in Khwaja Ahmed Abbas's Saat Hindustani. He did not get box office success but announced that he was here to stay with his National Film Award as the best newcomer.

Anand, Parwaana, Reshma Aur Shera and Guddi followed but he was yet to make a name for himself. Originally named as Inquilab, which means revolution, Amitabh was not ready to give up. Even his new name, Amitabh, meant 'a light that will not go off' and so was his fighting spirit.

Gossip vines in Bollywood had it that the Big B had 17 flops at a time but he still did not deter from his path and with the shy inspector in Zanjeer he finally made it as the angry young man of Bollywood. With a huge fan following, paparazzi followed him and the red carpet appearances became a norm for the person who became known as 'a one man industry' after stupendous hits such as Deewar, Sholay, Chupke Chupke, Amar Akhbar Anthony and Kabhie Kabhie, to name a few.

While his professional life was going really well, his personal life was engulfed in turmoil and till this day no one has actually got concrete proof as to what transpired between him, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha. However, after his near fatal accident on the sets of Coolie in 1982 he not only healed back to life but also healed his personal relationship with his wife. With a number of surgeries Bachchan decided to quit films and join politics. He contested from Allahabad seat and did not fare well. This was the lowest point in his life as he tried to make a comeback in films with Shahenshah, that was a hit but all films after that hit rock bottom. Everyone speculated that he has reached the end of the road. However he did not think so and tried to remain in the game with his production house Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd but that was a miserable failure and he lost almost all his money after the venture.

He tried to come back in the film industry as an actor with Sooryavansham that got positive reviews but again gave flops with Lal Badshaah and Hindustan Ki Kasam. With Mohabbatein in year 2000, Big B again came in with a breath of fresh air. He was not the hero singing songs yet he was one of the protagonists. After that an era of Amitabh Bachchan happened again with some of the most memorable films being Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Khakee, Black, Nishabd, Cheeni Kum, Ekalavya and Sarkar, to name a few.

Currently we see him in Kaun Banega Crorepati and he also lent his voice to the bengali Rabindrasangeet in the film 'Kahaani'. Life is good and comfortable and going to get better. He is an example and his life gives us a vital message that reminds us of the quote, 'Laugh so hard that even sorrow smiles at you, Fight so hard that even fate accepts defeat.'

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