Abhishek Bachchan is the son of Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan and actress Jaya
Bachchan, his elder sister is Shweta Bachchan-Nanda (b. 1974). His grandfather,
Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a poet of Hindi literature and professor at the
Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh. The original last name of his family is
Shrivastava, Bachchan being the pen name used by his grandfather. However,
when his father Amitabh entered films, he did so under his father's pen name.
Bachchan is of Kayastha heritage from his father's side, Bengali Kulin Brahmin
from his mother's side and Punjabi Sikh from his grandmother's side.
Bachchan was dyslexic as a child. He attended Jamnabai Narsee School and
Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi,
and Aiglon College in Switzerland. He then attended Boston University.
In October 2002, at his father Amitabh Bachchan's 60th birthday celebration,
Abhishek and actress Karisma Kapoor announced their engagement. The
engagement was called off in January 2003.
Bachchan and actress Aishwarya Rai announced their engagement on 14 January
2007. The couple was married on 20 April 2007, according to traditional Hindu
rituals of the Bunt community, to which Rai belongs. The wedding took place in a
private ceremony at the Bachchan residence, Prateeksha, in Juhu, Mumbai, but was
heavily covered by the entertainment media. The couple appeared on The Oprah
Winfrey Show on 28 September 2009. Rai gave birth to a baby girl on 16
November 2011. Their daughter's name is Aaradhya Bachchan
In 2005, Bachchan shot to fame with four movies that did well commercially. He
starred in Shaad Ali's Bunty Aur Babli opposite Rani Mukerji. The film was a
critical and commercial success becoming one of the biggest hits of 2005. In July,
he appeared in Sarkar was a success at the box office and was greeted very well by
critics. His performance earned him another Filmfare Award for Best Supporting
Actor. His third film was Dus was a commercial success. He starred in Rohan
Sippy's Bluffmaster was a moderate success. He also received his first Filmfare
nomination in the Best Actor category.
Bachchan's first 2006 release Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, became one of the biggest
box office hits in India, earning Rs 458 million, and grossed over Rs 480 million
abroad, the biggest Bollywood success of all-time in the overseas market up until
then. He played the role of Rishi Talwar, a young man who lives in New York
whose wife cheats on him with a family friend. His performance in the film earned
him his third consecutive award for Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare Awards.
Bachchan's second release Umrao Jaan failed to do well at the box office, but his
third film that year, Dhoom 2, did very well—although, as in the first Dhoom,
critics noted that Hrithik Roshan, as the antagonist, stole the show. The film was
generally well received by both critics and the mass audience. It became the
highest-grossing Indian film of 2006, and remains in the top ten on the list of
highest-grossing Bollywood films in India.