The Bachchans at the 63rd National Film Awards in Delhi.

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Amitabh Bachchan and Chennaiyin FC co owner Abhishek Bachchan during the Indian Super League match between Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters FC in Chennai.

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Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan pose with their Kabaddi team Jaipur Pink Panthers in Jaipur.

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Amitabh Bachchan along with family members Jaya, Aishwarya and Abhishek after casting their votes for the Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai.

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Amitabh Bachchan with wife Jaya Bachchan, son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter Shweta, daughter-in-law Aishwarya and other family members at a party on the eve of his 70th birthday in Mumbai on Wednesday.

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The Bachchans pose after casting their votes at a polling station in Mumbai.


And then Amitabh Bachchan got upset that pictures purporting to be that of Baby B with her mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan were circulating on the internet and as he blogged and thanked his Extended Family, "an army of very diligent and determined fighters" who "went through a most exhaustive process of finding out the culprit. I do not think they were able to trace the individual, though they have been most successful in the past on the occurrence of such incidents, but were able to trace the original picture which underwent the process of morphing. Ladies and gentlemen of the EF world, I present to you the picture being circulated and below that, the original from where the morphing was done. A smart piece of work !! Not the morphing. The diligence of our EF team …"

Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan arrive at Shilpa Shetty's wedding reception in Mumbai.

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The Bachchan family at the GQ Men of the year awards night held in Mumbai.

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Abhishek, Aiswarya and Amitach Bachchan pose next to a wax figure of Amitabh before a circus show at the 10th International Indian Film Academy in Macau.

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Actor couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Mumbai International Airport moments before leaving for IIFA 2009.

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The Bachchans pose after casting their votes at a polling station in Mumbai.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan (right), and Ajitab Bachchan (left), carry the dead body of their father, Harivanshrai Bachchan, as Amitab's son Abhishek Bachchan, walks ahead during the funeral procession in Mumbai. Renowned poet Harivanshrai Bachchan, had respiratory problems and had been under observation for several days, died late Saturday at his son's home. He was 96.

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Actor Amitabh Bachchan poses with a street artist at the Dam in Amsterdam before his press conference about the IIFA film festival, also referred to as the 'Bollywood Oscars''.

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A fan of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan places the shoes worn by his idol in a movie, on a specially built throne before performing a ritual in commemoration of Guru Purnima, in Kolkata.

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Code Red

The much-awaited Bollywood wedding was held only with the permission of stars and planets. Ash and Abhishek have sorted out their stellar courses by now. Also See: The Bachchans

Amitabh Bachchan-- Rekha
He was Bollywood’s biggest star, married to his sweetheart. She was the sex symbol of the times. In the ’80s, the Amitabh-Rekha romance was the biggest buzz in Bollywood. It even inspired Yash Chopra’s Silsila, in which real-life characters played the reel roles. In Silsila the wife emerged triumphant. Likewise, Amitabh went to Jaya for comfort after his traumatic accident on the sets of Coolie.

Dr Don
This could’ve got the best costume award. But it’s for real. DU conferred a PhD on Abe, as did a British univ.'

Abhishek Bachchan: Alpha to Omega
Blame Aby’s no-longer-baby for trapping those kneed women into buying Motorola cellphones and Omega watches. Who needs dus bahane, you want him with or without a Ford Ikon. With or without LG’s goodies. Certainly without Aishwarya Rai and that hair band he now sports.

Amitabh Bachchan: Maha man
He can cajole, convince, admonish, admire and love as he sells pens or polio awareness. From the angry young man to Bollywood’s Bhishma Pitamah, his eyes mirror his signature style. Warmth. It gives shape to trousers, stature to suits, timeliness to watches, speed to cars and taste to chyawanprash. The only living God of small things.

Abhishek Bachchan, Actor: 7.43  

Achievement: 7.2
Sex appeal:  7.4
Personality: 7.3
Overall appreciation: 7.8

It’s taken Abhishek Bachchan very long, almost 15 flops and five years, to emerge from the shadows cast by his formidable surname. His fortunes began to change with Yuva, and success came with Dhoom in which he played a young cop with style and attitude. This year, Small B showed that he could do an over-the-top comic turn with ease in Bunty Aur Babli, that his face could register quick changes of emotion in Sarkar and that he could also make yuppies swing to the Dus anthem. At a time when all heroes are gym-toned bodies, Abhishek is about the face—sincere and straightforward, with eyes women can look into for hours. His growing popularity marks a return to the old-fashioned.

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Monday March 31, 2008
The Supreme Court dismissed Uttar Pradesh government's petition seeking criminal investigation against Amitabh Bachchan in the Barabanki land deal case in UP. It said that no case of forgery was made out against Bachchan, especially, since he had relinquished his rights over the land in Barabanki. The plot was purchased by the actor during the rule of Mulayam Singh Yadav in UP and on January 27 this year he laid the foundation stone of a girls' college there naming it after his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai. Lashing out at Mayawati, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan has accused Mayawati of pursuing action against her husband Amitabh Bachchan only for "cheap publicity".  Also See: The Bachchans

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Friday 20 April
Amid 'live' and 'exclusive' media coverage -- which consisted of scores of TV cameras reporting breathless live commentary showing the arrivals and departures of various VIPs outside the shut gates of various Bachchan residences -- scores of fans assembling outside the marriage venues, a dramatic attempted suicide by a broken-heart Bollywood extra and a lathi charge on photo-journalists followed by an apology by 'Big B', Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai finally got married in a much publicized private ceremony.

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A fan carries portraits of actors Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan to offer prayers at a temple in Kolkata. Rai, a former Miss World, is to wed actor Bachchan tomorrow in Mumbai.

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Actor Amitabh Bachchan examines his wax figure as he poses for photographers after a curtain raiser event of the eighth annual International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) at Madame Tussauds in London. The IIFA Weekend will take place in Yorkshire, England, on June 7-10, 2007.

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Saturday 27 January
Amitabh Bachchan is presented with the 'Legion d'Honneur' (Legion of Honor) by France's Ambassador to India Dominique Girard in New Delhi. 'Big B' joined the legion of legends such as Satyajit Ray, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Steven Spielberg after being awarded with France's highest civilian distinction for his contribution to Indian and international cultural life at a glittering function at the French embassy. The French Ambassador, who gave away the award, said by honouring Bachchan with the highest civilian award of the Republic, his country was showing the respect that the star deserved.

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Sunday 14 January
Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai arrive for the premiere of Guru in Toronto,Canada in this January 11, 2007 photo. After nearly one year of media speculation and rumors about their marriage, Bollywood's most talked about pair were engaged on Sunday. Confirmation of this came from Abhishek's father, Amitabh Bachchan, at whose residence in Mumbai the engagement took place, though no formal date of the marriage has been fixed yet.

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Monday 27 November
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, followed by wife Jaya, daughter Shweta Nanda, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arrive to offer special pujas at the Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi. Amidst a media frenzy and a night of rumours since their arrival in the temple town that Aishwarya and Abhishek were getting married, the Bachchans took part in the 'Mangla Aarti' and 'Rudra Abhishek' rituals at the two ancient temples. The 'pujas' coincided with the 100th birthday of Amitabh's father and noted Hindi poet late Harivanshrai Bachchan.

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Saturday 4 November
Amitabh Bachchan signs autographs for faculty members before a group photograph, after being conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters (D Litt) degree by Delhi University, at a special convocation in New Delhi.

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Wednesday 11 October
Fans of Mumbai film icon Amitabh Bachchan put garlands on his posters on his 64 birthday in Calcutta. The French governmnet has announced that the Bollywood legend will be conferred with its highest civilian honour, the Legion d`Honneur, for his ‘contribution to Indian and international culture’. Created to reward eminent military and civil merits in the service of France, Legion d'Honneur is the highest distinction that can be conferred to a French citizen or foreigner. Among the eminent Indian personalities to have received the honour are film-maker Satyajit Ray in 1987 and environmentalist RK Pachauri in July this year.

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Monday 24 July
Re-elected Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan and her husband and Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan arrive at the Parliament House for the Monsoon session in New Delhi. As Jaya Bachchan - the first MP to be 'ousted' over the 'Office of Profit' issue - returned to the Parliament, Union Law Minister H R Bhardwaj has said that the Office of Profit Bill sent to the President earlier was "correct" and had "no shortcoming -- legal or constitutional". President A P J Abdul Kalam had on May 30 returned the Bill, passed by Parliament in the last session, with several suggestions, including a "fair and reasonable" exemption criteria under the legislation which provides for exclusion of 56 posts from the list of offices of profit. The Union Cabinet on Saturday had decided to reintroduce the Bill in Parliament in the same form during the current session. This is the first time that a bill, sent back by the President to Parliament invoking Article 111 of the Constitution, is bring brought back in the same form.

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Monday 6 March
Is the Congress gunning for Samajwadi Party? No, says the former. Yes, of course, claims SP which was subjected to yet another jolt when its MP and former actress Jaya Bachchan was disqualified as a member of the Rajya Sabha and a similar petition seeking to unseat another high profile member Amar Singh, has been filed before the Election Commission. Proceeding on a petition filed by one Madan Mohan, a losing candidate against her in the election from Uttar Pradesh, the Commission has recommended disqualification of Jaya Bachchan on the ground that she was holding an office of profit -- Chairperson of UP Film Development Board. Under the Constitution, the President decides whether a sitting member has incurred disqualification in consultation with the EC. Article 102 (1)(a) bars an MP from holding any office of profit under the Government of India or in any state other than an office declared by Parliament by law not to disqualify its holder. Reacting to the decision, an angry Mrs Bachchan saw a Congress hand behind the complaint and pointed out that she was a recipient of Padma Shri award while her husband Amitabh Bachchan was a Padma Bhushan like his father Harvanshrai Bachchan, adding she had not "grabbed" the Rajya Sabha seat from anyone.

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Saturday 17 December
Actor Amitabh Bachchan waves to his fans and media as his son Abhishek Bachchan looks on outside Lilavati hospital in Mumbai. Bachchan, India's top movie star left the hospital nearly three weeks after having surgery for an intestinal ailment. The 63-year-old actor was admitted at the the hospital after being flown in from Delhi’s Escorts Hospital on November 28. He had complained of severe stomach pain and was operated on for diverticulitis of the small intestine two days later.

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Thursday 1 December
A fan and look-alike of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and others perform religious rituals during a special prayer ceremony for Amitabh Bachchan's recovery in Bhopal. The 63-year-old megastar, who underwent a major surgery at Mumbai's Leelavati Hospital for an intestinal ailment, is on the "road to recovery" with all his health parameters normal, bringing cheers to millions of his fans. Bachchan was admitted to the hospital on Monday, 28 November, and was operated for treatment of 'diverticulitis of the small intestine', a condition that causes inflammation and perforation of the small intestine.

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