Brits Vote Amitabh Bachchan Greatest Bollywood Star of All Time



He was the angry young man of Bollywood in the ’70’s and is now the elder statesman of the industry in the new century, but whichever Amitabh you prefer he’s the greatest in British voters’ eyes.  In a new poll taken by British Asian weekly newspaper Eastern Eye, Bachchan beat out all challengers to be voted #1 in the ‘100 Greatest Bollywood Stars‘ survey the paper conducted recently.

Amitabh Bachchan‘s career has spanned everything from his early hits ‘Sholay‘ and ‘Deewar‘ to a stint as a gameshow host in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati‘ to a less illustrious term in government. The Big B is the only Bollywood star to have his likeness cast in wax at Madame Tussad’s Wax Museum in London and even carried the torch for India in the 2012 London Olympics.  Bachchan’s career has spanned an incredible 40 years and he’s still going strong at 70 with stars half his age clamoring to work with the legend.

He has an incredibly full slate with his next film, the highly political ‘Satyagraha‘, coming out on August 30 2013 and no fewer than four films slated for release in the next few years.  Bollywood legend and Bachchan’s own choice as the greatest Dilip Kumar came in second with Shah Rukh Khan a close third, Madhuri Dixit the top female star at fourth, and Raj Kapoor rounding out the list at fifth.

The humble Bachchan once said “I have never really been confident about my career at any stage…” and that “Frankly I’ve never really subscribed to those adjectives tagging me as an ‘icon’, ‘superstar’, etc. I’ve always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.”  Well Mr. Bachchan, I think you can finally relax a bit and rest on your laurels as one of the greatest Bollywood actors ever!

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