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Amitabh Bachchan receives second Yash Chopra Memorial Award
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was conferred with the second Yash Chopra Memorial Award on December 25, 2014 in Mumbai, India.
Bachchan, 72, has delivered his career’s many blockbusters films with the ace filmmaker right from his first collaboration in ‘Deewar’, ‘Kabhi Kabhie’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Kaala Patthar’. ‘Silsila’, ‘Mohabatein’ to ‘Veera Zaara’ and ‘Bunty Aur Babli.’
The Yash Chopra Memorial Award has been instituted by the TSR Foundation of T Subbarami Reddy in the memory of the late producer-director, who died in 2012.
Amitabh Bachchan is the second recipient of the Yash Chopra Memorial Award, which was first conferred to famous singer Lata Mangeshkar in the year 2013.Bachchan has won many major awards in his career, including three National Film Awards as Best Actor (a record he shares with Kamal Hassan and Mammootty), a number of awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies and fourteen Filmfare Awards.
He is the most-nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 39 nominations overall.
In addition to acting, Bachchan has worked as a playback singer, film producer and television presenter.
He also had a stint in politics in the 1980s. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001 for his contributions towards the arts.
Bachchan made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with The Great Gatsby, in which he played a non-Indian Jewish character, Meyer Wolfsheim.
Bachchan was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, in north central India. His father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a Hindi poet, and his mother, Teji Bachchan, was a Punjabi Sikh from Faisalabad, Punjab.