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Amitabh Bachchan rose to fame in the early 1970s as one of the hot new faces of Bollywood and has since become one of the elder statesmen of Indian cinema, having won many major awards in his long career.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/09/art.bachchan.afp.gi.jpg caption="Amitabh Bachchan receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Mumbai Film Festival in 2009."]
As well as being an actor, Bachchan has also worked as singer, film producer and as a television presenter. He was also elected as a member of the Indian parliament from 1984 to 1987.
His career has not been without controversy: two years amid local elections in Uttar Pradesh he made a film in support of the Mulayam Singh government but his own party lost heavily in the elections.
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