The Bachchan Legacy: A New Book Explores the Century-Long Saga of India’s First Family of Cinema

The Bachchan Legacy

Mumbai: A new book by author SMM Ausaja, titled Bachchans: A Saga of Excellence, offers a comprehensive and captivating account of the life and achievements of the Bachchan family, which has been at the forefront of Indian cinema and culture for over a hundred years. The book covers the stories of four generations of the Bachchan family, from the legendary poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan to the budding actor Agastya Nanda, and reveals some unknown and fascinating aspects of their personal and professional journeys.

From Poetry to Films

The book traces the origins of the Bachchan family in Allahabad, where Harivansh Rai Bachchan was born in 1907 and became one of the most celebrated poets of the 20th century. The book also chronicles his marriage to Teji Bachchan, a social activist and theatre artist, and their two sons, Amitabh and Ajitabh, who were born in 1942 and 1948, respectively. The book narrates the struggles and successes of Amitabh Bachchan, who rose from a humble background to become the megastar of the century and the icon of Indian cinema. The book also sheds light on the life and career of Ajitabh Bachchan, who ventured into film production and business and faced several challenges and controversies.

The Star Couples

The book also delves into the love stories and marriages of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri, and Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, who are among the most admired and influential couples in the film industry. The book details the film careers of Jaya Bhaduri, who was a leading actress of the 1970s and 1980s, and Aishwarya Rai, who was crowned Miss World in 1994 and became a global star. The book also highlights the achievements and challenges of Abhishek Bachchan, who followed his father’s footsteps and carved his niche in the film world.

The Next Generation

The book also introduces the readers to the next generation of the Bachchan family, namely Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Navya Naveli Nanda, and Agastya Nanda, who are the children of Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter and son, respectively. The book reveals the aspirations and ambitions of these young Bachchans, who have been exposed to the glamour and pressure of the film industry since their childhood. The book also features the film debut of Agastya Nanda, who is set to make his mark on the silver screen with his upcoming project.

A Visual Treat

The book is not only a textual biography, but also a visual treat for the fans and admirers of the Bachchan family. The book contains rare and unseen images of the Bachchan family, such as posters, illustrations, photographs, and memorabilia, that showcase their remarkable journey and legacy. The book also includes a video of Amitabh Bachchan signing the book and expressing his gratitude and appreciation for the author and his work.

A Tribute to the Bachchan Family

The author, SMM Ausaja, is a renowned film historian and archivist, who has written several books on Indian cinema and culture. He has spent 12 years researching and writing this book, which he considers as a tribute to the Bachchan family and their art. He said, “It is an honor to write a book on the Bachchan family, considering their great career achievements. Describing their life and times had its own challenges, especially with authentic information on scenes and hitherto unknown aspects. It is with utmost gratitude that the family supported this endeavor and expressed their confidence. This is a humble 12-year oeuvre in honor of their art that will glorify and influence generations of Indians globally.”

The Bachchan Legacy

The book, published by Ajay Mago of Om International, was recently unveiled by Amitabh Bachchan himself, who praised the author and his efforts to document and archive the lives of veterans. He said, “SMM Ausaja has done a lot of hard work for the collection and documentation, which has made this book possible. I can’t speak for myself, so I’ll just say that I support the book and all of Ausaja’s efforts to archive and document the lives of veterans. In our country, it is important to document the history of cinema for posterity, and I am excited by their dedication and commitment to this cause. We need more people like him.” He also thanked the fans for their support and said that the book was dedicated to them.