The Indian actor, film producer, television host, occasional playback singer and former politician known for his work in Hindi cinema, Amitabh Bachchan turns 80 today

He is regarded as one of the most successful and influential actors in the history of Indian cinema giving so many hits to the entertainment world

Deewar, Don, Agneepath, Shahenshah, Paa, Pink, Sarkar, Sholay, Zanjeer, Amar Akbar and Antony, Anand, Sharaabi, Khabhi Khushi Khabhi Gham, Khabi Khabie are some of the movies he has given the world

He is a 'monarch' of even Egypt. The people in the Land of the Pharaohs have been showing their love for Amitabh Bachchan films since the 80s.

In America, Singapore and East African countries, most of the undergraduates of Indian and South Asian origin watch his movies to learn Hindi and explore their cultural roots.

He has received several honours for his achievements in the Indian film industry. In 1991, he became the first artist to receive the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

Amitabh Bachchan is the man who carried the Olympic flame in London; was voted the greatest actor ever by a BBC online poll; was the first Indian actor to become a waxwork at Madame Tussaud's

Amitabh Bachchan is an exceptionally talented and successful actor. A talent like him always finds a way to express itself, just like a powerful river creates its own course and keeps flowing