Abhishek Bachchan Srivastav was born on February 5, 1976, to superstar parents, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Badhuri.
Most would think that being Jr. Bachchan meant a typical Bollywood welcome into the industry.
But for Abhishek, this couldn’t be more far from the truth. If anything, junior Bachchan was dealt the toughest of cards, complete with comparisons to his father’s success and more recently, his beauty queen wife’s popularity.
Nevertheless, Abhishek pushed through the muddle to rightfully earn his place in the industry.
After his schooling in Mumbai and Switzerland, he enrolled at Boston University for a Business degree.
While in college, Abhishek decided to pick up the baton from dad, and pursue a career in acting.
Abhishek’s debut film ‘Refugee’ received lukewarm reception, and even though he managed to grab some attention, the film didn’t fair too well.
His unlucky strike would continue to deliver several flops a la ‘Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa’, ‘Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke’, ‘Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai’, ‘Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya’, ‘Om Jai Jagadish’, ‘Shararat’ and many more.
The drought ended in 2004 when he was cast in ‘Yuva’ and multi-starrer ‘Dhoom’. Both films were Box Office hits and Abhishek had finally arrived!
His stellar performance in ‘Yuva’ was appreciated with his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He received his second Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2005’s ‘Sarkar’. The film was a double whammy for Abhishek as this was the first time he shared onscreen space with father Amitabh.
Abhishek on critics: ‘Critics have a job to do. They do not criticise you without reason.’
Abhishek lent his baritone voice for the song ‘Right Here Right Now’ in the film ‘Bluffmaster’.
Abhishek was seemingly on the rise, and 2006’s ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ earned him his third consecutive Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.
Abhishek’s first Filmfare nomination in the Best Actor category came with Mani Ratnam's ‘Guru’ opposite Aishwarya Rai.
He followed up with sporadic hits and misses, but frequently impressed critics and audiences alike with his now matured acting prowess.
Abhishek’s must watch films include ‘Yuva’, ‘Sarkar’, ‘Guru’, ‘Dostana’, ‘Paa’, ‘Delhi-6’, ‘Raavan’ and 'Bol Bachchan'.
In 2009, his film ‘Paa’ received a National Award for Best Feature Film. Abhishek’s performance was especially lauded for his portrayal of a father to real-life father Big B.
A little known fact about Abhishek is that he suffered from dyslexia as a child.
Before his much-publicised marriage to Aishwarya Rai in 2007, little B was engaged to fellow actor Karishma Kapoor in 2002. They called off their relationship in early 2003.
Abhishek’s union with Aishwarya earned them the ‘super couple’ tag. The twosome have even appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show together.
He is quite the doting dad when it comes to daughter Aaradhya. He had this to say about his little princess: ‘She's given Ash and me immense pride and happiness and that's what makes me happy’.
But its really his love for wifey dear that knows no bounds. He says, ‘The minute we came together, we both knew that this was something for keeps. So, there wasn’t just this ‘one’ defining moment, it always felt perfect!’
Papa Abhishek goes on to say, ‘I’m growing to admire Aishwarya more and more each day. Aaradhya has her playtime reserved every evening and Ash makes sure she doesn’t schedule any appointments around those two hours because she has dedicated to spend that time with Aaradhya.’
Abhishek on family: ‘My dad and mom are too great for anyone to even try to be like them. So why should I even try?’
Abhishek on popularity: ‘I am popular because of the audience. I am dumbfounded and grateful. The audiences have stood by me for so long. I hope I can repay them one day. I know it is tough. The only way I can repay my fans and the audience is to continue entertaining them. And that is what I am trying to do.’