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Happy Birthday Abhishek! Bachchan Jr. turns 38

Hailing from one of the most influential families in Indian cinema, Abhishek Bachchan has won hearts fro his charm and wit. The actor, married to one of the most beautiful women in the world, Aishwarya Rai celebrates his birthday today. As we wish Abhishek Bachchan a very happy birthday, we remember some of his best performances till date.

Abhishek is the son of veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan and actress Jaya Bachchan. His grandfather, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, was a poet of Hindi literature and professor at the Allahabad University in Uttar Pradesh. He has an elder sister, Shweta Bachchan-Nanda.

As a child, Abhishek Bachchan suffered from dyslexia. He studied at Jamnabai Narsee School and Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai, Modern School, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, and Aiglon College in Switzerland. He later enrolled at Boston University, but dropped out.

When it comes to Abhishek Bachchan's love life, there were two women who were the most talked about - Karisma Kapoor and Rani Mukerji - besides his wife Aishwarya Rai .

In October 2002, Abhishek and Karisma Kapoor announced their engagement on Amitabh Bachchan's 60th birthday. However, four months later, it was called off. Till today, nobody is sure of what actually went down between the two families.

There have also been rumours of Abhishek Bachchan dating Rani Mukerji. The couple shared a good chemistry in 'Bunty Aur Babli' and was said to have got along well. However, rumours suggest that Abhishek's mother Jaya Bachchan was not in favour of the actress.

Abhishek Bachchan later fell in love with Aishwarya Rai during the filming of 'Dhoom 2'. The couple announced their engagement on 14 January 2007, which was later, confirmed by Amitabh Bachchan.

Abhishek and Aishwarya tied the knot on April 20, 2007 according to Hindu rituals in a private ceremony at the Bachchans' Juhu residence Prateeksha. It was a lavish affair attended by the who's who of Bollywood, politics.

Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have a daughter Aaradhya, who was born on November 16, 2011.

Coming back to his professional life, Abhishek made his Bollywood debut in 2000 with J.P. Dutta’s 'Refugee' opposite Kareena Kapoor, who was also making her debut. His performance was well received, however, the film failed to do well.

He was later seen in 'Shararat' and 'Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai' which also ended up being box office failures. Post this Abhishek had a lull in his career with a string of 17 flops.

In 2003, things started to look up for the actor when he appeared in 'Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon' opposite Kareena Kapoor again, the film also had Hrithik Roshan.

The following year Abhishek starred in Mani Ratnam's 'Yuva', which established his acting career. He was praised by the critics for hints of a rustic 'angry young man' type performance in the film. His performance earned him his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

That same year, Abhishek Bachchan appeared in Yash Raj Films' 'Dhoom' along with John Abraham, which went on to become a huge commercial hit. The film earned over Rs. 55 crores, becoming one of the top-grossing Indian films of 2004.

The following year, Abhishek had fabulous success with commercial hit Shaad Ali's 'Bunty Aur Babli', opposite rumoured girlfriend Rani Mukerji. The film, which almost drew a comparison from American classic, 'Bonnie and Clyde,' became one of the biggest hits of 2005.

Later that year, Abhishek starred in Ram Gopal Varma's 'Sarkar', which was termed an above average success at the Box office. The film also starred Abhishek’s father Amitabh Bachchan. Abhishek received the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, IIFA Award and Zee Cine Award for the same category.

He later appeared in his close friend Rohan Sippy's 'Bluffmaster' with Priyanka Chopra and Riteish Deshmukh.

In 2006, Abhishek Bachchan was seen in Karan Johar's 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' along with Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji and Preity Zinta. The film that told the tale of an extra-marital affair went on to become one of the biggest Box office hits in India.

Abhishek’s performance earned him his third Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

His second film that year was J. P. Dutta's 'Umrao Jaan', opposite his future wife Aishwarya Rai. But the film faired poorly. The film was a remake of Rekha and Farooq Sheikh's Umrao Jaan directed by Muzaffar Ali.

Abhishek Bachchan then reprised his role of ACP Jai Dixit in Yash Raj Films’ 'Dhoom 2' along with Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Uday Chopra and Bipasha Basu. The film broke several box office records, mainly those for opening day and opening weekend grosses. It became the highest grossing film of the year.

In 2007, Abhishek Bachchan then appeared in Mani Ratnam's 'Guru' along with Aishwarya Rai. The biographical film loosely based on the life of late industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani, received extremely positive reviews, both from critics and audiences.

Abhishek Bachchan's performance garnered much praise and acclaim, earning him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

His next release of 2007 was 'Jhoom Barabar Jhoom', which opened to mixed reviews and performed moderately.

The following year saw Abhishek co-star with wife Aishwarya and father Amitabh Bachchan in 'Sarkar Raj', a sequel to 'Sarkar', which opened to critically positive reviews. His next release ‘Drona’ (2008), received a very poor response but failed at the box office.

Abhishek's last release of 2008, 'Dostana' with John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra, was a huge hit and became one of the highest grossing films of the year. Abhishek and John played fake gay partners in the movie, that was a big success overseas as well.

Abhishek Bachchan began 2009 with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's drama film 'Delhi-6'. The film opened to mixed reviews but was a flop. His next film 'Paa', along with Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan, had the actor take on the role of producer as well.
; Directed by R. Balki, 'Paa' deals with the real medical condition that results in accelerated ageing called progeria. Abhishek played Big B’s father in the film, while Vidya played his mother. Touching the hearts of its audiences, 'Paa' opened to good reviews and received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

In 2010, Abhishek co-starred with wife Aishwarya in Mani Ratnam's 'Raavan'. The film, which had Bachchan Junior in a negative role, however, was a critical and commercial failure. Later that year, Abhishek played a teacher in Ashutosh Gowariker’s period piece film, ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’. Though the film opened to good reviews, it was a box office disaster.

Abhishek then starred in Abhinay Deo’s action flick, 'Game' (2011) along with Kangana Ranaut. However, this film too performed poorly at the box office.

His next release of the year, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ had Abhishek playing the role of an ACP once again, who is on a mission to flush out all the drug gangsters in Goa. Abhishek’s performance was much appreciated and the film went on to become an above average grosser.

Abhishek Bachchan's first release of 2012 was Abbas-Mustan’s multistarrer 'Players', which was a remake of 'The Italian Job.'. The film opened to mixed reviews from critics, but was a disappointment at the box office.

His next release was Rohit Shetty's comedy ‘Bol Bachchan' with Ajay Devgn, Asin and Prachi Desai. The film opened to good reviews and was a major success.

Year 2013 had Abhishek once again reprise his role of ACP Jai Dixit for the third time in 'Dhoom 3', which starred Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. The film received a good response from critics and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time domestically and worldwide.

Abhishek has also dabbled a bit with the small screen. He hosted a game show in 2010, titled National Bingo Night. The actor has also spread awareness of drug abuse in the country as part of a citizen education campaign.

Abhishek will next be seen in Farah Khan's 'Happy New Year' along with Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani, Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah. Here's wishing the actor a happy birthday once again.