The Man, The Legend – Amitabh Bachchan at 71
When one hears the famous baritone voice exclaiming, “Shuru karte hain Kaun Banega Crorepati!”, it infuses hope instantly. Just like a sugar rush. For a common man, greeting this man in person is like winning the show itself. This is what the presence of Amitabh Bachchan can do to you. What should one call him? You simply fall short of adjectives. Nothing in the world can measure the larger-than-life persona of this living legend. As the great actor and global visionary turns a year older, InOnIt brings you his 10 best performances coupled with style that were note-worthy. We know we have a hard task ahead.
Clad in a simple kurta with a shawl wrapped around, Bachchan played a subdued and hapless doctor opposite a happy-go-lucky Rajesh Khanna whose character was ailing with cancer. This humble appearance of Big B inspired filmmakers to style him similarly in Mohabbatein, Aarakshan and the recent Satyagraha.
His first blockbuster as a lead actor fetched him many accolades for his portrayal of an upright policeman. Two things became synonymous post the success of Zanjeer. The name Vijay became the most used name for him in several movies that followed and the “Angry Young Man” title was tagged onto him.
Deewar further strengthened the image of the Angry Young Man. Dressed in riches and standing tall in the same frame with the ragged Shashi Kapoor, it is hard to take your eyes off from that iconic scene in the climax when Bachchan and Kapoor have a face-off on their opposite destinies.
Amar Akbar Anthony
With AAA, the angry young man displayed his comic timing and brought the most endearing character in Anthony Gonsalves. His anglicised Hindi carried out some memorable dialogues. His character portrays the most joyful and street-smart person you can ever meet.
With Don, Big B made the other side of the law seem glamorous. His suits in the movie breathed life simply because they were draped onto him. His enigmatic portrayal of a criminal on the loose garnered rave reviews for him.
A beautiful tale of a small town boy who comes to Mumbai to earn his livelihood, Big B’s character Arjun Singh is someone who is loyal and headstrong. The initial comic chops in the movies still evoke laughter especially in the scene where Bachchan displays his English speaking skills in front of his prospective employer. An all-time entertainer, Namak Halaal has much to offer in its little package.
Post a reincarnated status following the success of his television stint with Kaun Banega Crorepati, Bachchan struck a chord with the youth as the loving patriarch in Baghban. A wonderful tale of an elderly couple’s life post retirement, Baghban taught us the value of loyalty and responsibility. 10 years down since the release of the film, the climax of the movie still brings a lump in your throat.
With Sarkar, Bachchan became a voice of the masses. Playing a people’s politician, his look comprising of black outfits and vermillion smeared on the forehead acquired a cult status. His character Subhash Nagre was very well received by the critics and the audience.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
As much as the central plot of the movie sucked with extra-marital affairs being justified, the happy moments in the movie were ensured by Big B. We absolutely loved the flamboyant Sexy Sam act and the crackling chemistry he shares with his son Abhishek.
Have you ever come across anyone post retirement sporting a pigtail and seeking love? Playing an uber cool chef residing in London, Bachchan’s character aged 64 makes his 34-year old love interest (Tabu) believe that he is very much marriage material. Witty, sarcastic and downright rude, he reminds the older folk that life must be barrier-less.
From wearing a simple kurta and shawl in Anand to sporting a pigtail in Cheeni Kum, Big B sashayed his way into our hearts. For over 4 decades, the man has inspired so many trend-setting styles that will continue to be prevalent for as long as he shall live.
We wish him a very Happy Birthday and may he have many more.
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