Amitabh first gained popularity in the early 1970s as the “angry young man” of Hindi cinema, and has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. He is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.

He has won numerous major awards in his career, including four National Film Awards, three of which are in the Best Actor category, and fourteen Filmfare Awards. He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 37 nominations overall. In addition to acting, He has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter, and was an elected member of the Indian Parliament from 1984 to 1987.