Amitabh Bachchan, the icon of many, the role model of millions, the megastar of Indian Cinema, has turned 75 today. Amitabh Bachchan, the Big B of Bollywood in his filmi career so far through his acting talent has given the industry and his fans films which became landmark in the industry, setting benchmarks. This Bollywood personality’s excellence and dedication in his work has gained him the position of one of the biggest stars the Indian film industry have ever produced. Amitabh Bachchan shares a fan following which very few actors share in their lives and is a guarantee of film’s success.
Unlike many in his generation, the ‘Shehenshah’ of Bollywood, known for his versatility, has played innumerable roles. He has been a lover, a fighter, a teacher, a father, a mentor and the list goes on and on. Known as the ‘Angry Young Man’ of Bollywood, his acting, his persona, his attitude and his character as a human being has inspired many other actors in the Indian film industry. He continues to be the mark of perfection for new comers in the world of cinema. As the actor turns 75 today, let us recall five best roles by the legend that we think no other actor could have done best!
Satte Pe Satta
Amitabh Bachchan’s 1982 Hindi action comedy ‘Satte Pe Satta’ is one of the most memorable, comedy film ever made in Bollywood. In Sattte Pe Satta, Amitabh Bachchan played Ravi, the eldest of the seven others. The other stars in the film were Hema Malini, Amjad Khan, Ranjeeta Kaur, Sachin, Shakti Kapoor, Paintal, Sudhir, Inderjeet, Sarika, Kanwaljit Singh, Prema Narayan, Mac Mohan and Kalpana Iyer amongst others. Amitabh Bachchan in the role of the eldest brother and his bossy, caring and loving attitude in the movie really connected him with the audience in an emotional way.
Amitabh Bachchan as Narayan Shankar in this emotional love drama which revolved around four different stories of college students. Narayan Shankar of the institution ‘Gurukul’, played the character of a strict, disciplined principal who was against the philosophy of love. However, the film shows how Amitabh Bachchan, after being challenged by a music teacher in his institution, played by none other than Shah Rukh Khan, experiences a change of personality who also starts believing in the power of love and emotions.
Watch this scene from Mohabbatein which won the Filmfare award in 2000
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham was a star studded film featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Jaya Bachchan, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Yashvardhan Raichand who was a strong, bold and a one for whom the image and tradition of family was more important than wishes, desires of his sons. It was a film that displayed the importance of family values and Amitabh Bachchan was seriously the show runner.
Amitabh Bachchan recently played the role of a father who was frustrated with his constipation problem. The film also starred Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan in the lead roles. Amitabh Bachchan as an irritating, grumpy father stole the show with his acting talent that almost made audience imagine how it would be living with a father like that, but at the same time displayed the importance of a father-daughter relationship.
Amitabh Bachchan in his 2001 supernatural thriller film,which was the adaption of Hollywod movie “Fallen”(1998), received a lot of appreciation from critics. The Shahenshah of Bollywood received his first Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. In Aks, Amitabh Bachchan played two characters — Manu Verma (the cop), and Raghavan the killer.