AMITABH BACHCHAN, SHAHENSHAH OF BOLLYWOOD
Well, if there has to be a title for Amitabh Bachchan, it has to be the Shahenshah (King of Kings) of Bollywood, which is given with the legacy and unparallel stardom he has created in Bollywood industry today.
He was known as Shahehshah not only because of his legacy but also because of his movie Shehehshan which released back in 1988. In his decades of career, he is not the only title he has received, he was once called ‘angry young man’ because of his on-screen roles in Bollywood movies Zanjeer, Deewaar and most loved and box-office hit Indian classic Sholay.
Born on 11th October 1942 in present-day Uttar Pradesh, India, to father Harivansh Rai Bachchan and mother Teji Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, at the age of 77 years with a career spanning more than six decades, in 2020, is worth $400 million.
The nation was in shock when Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan confirmed Corona positive. The actor, post being discharged from hospital, resumed shooting for the upcoming season of his popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati which he announced on his social media account, he brought a car as well whose numbers like every other vehicle Big B owns adds up to his birth date 11.
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Big B is also recognised as Sadi Ka Mahanayak (Greatest actor of the century) and Star of the Millennium and all these titles are not given in vain as the most beloved and professional actor has worked in more than 200 films since he entered the industry in 1969. And he does not fail to still be active at the age of 77 as he continues to work as movie and ad film actor, popular television show host of Kaun Banega Crorepati (Indian Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) and brand ambassador for many brands.
But for those who don’t have any idea about the actor or his journey, here is how you can explore the actor’s craft. Include these Amitabh Bachchan movies in your list and get started:
1. ANAND (1971):
This movie revolves around a terminally ill patient (Rajesh Khanna) and a doctor is upset with his profession as he cannot save poor people (Amitabh Bachchan) and their journey in which they bond to help Anand confess his love to a woman. Well, without a spoiler into what happens next, it is a must-watch movie that takes you on a special journey as you laugh, cry, and sing along.
2. SHOLAY (1975):
A movie that tops the Bollywood Classics for many, what continued to become one of the most popular Bollywood movies in the history of Indian cinema, Sholay was a box-office hit of its time. The movie is filled with action, romance, comedy, drama and explores the friendship of two young outlaws on-screen Jay and Veeru. Set in a small village, it offered fame to not only Amitabh Bachchan but his co-stars including Dharmendra, Hemma Malini, his now-wife Jaya Bachchan, and even the villain of the movie, if you will Amjad Khan, who played the role of a bandit Gabbar.
3. DON (1978):
Amitabh Bachchan became the original Don in the Bollywood, way back in 1978 before Shahrukh Khan did Don 2 and Don 3. Amitabh double role of a wanted criminal who dies and Vijay, his look-alike who is trained by the DSP D’Silva to get his hands on Don’s gang as Vijay return as Don but act as his informant. The movie is a thriller and a classic Bollywood masala flick and it reinforces the diversity Amitabh Bachchan has as an artist.
4. PINK (2016):
Don’t let the name fool you as this intense movie hits patriarchy and system right in the guts. The story revolves around three independent women living together in an Indian megacity go through a trial and a retired attorney Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan).
The women are accused by (Angad Bedi) with various allegations as he aims to tarnish their reputation after he tried to sexually molest Minal (Taapsee Pannu) and she escaped along with her friends. The poignant dialogues by Amitabh and solid performances by the entire cast make the movie a must-watch.
5. PAA (2009):
Starring Amitabh Bachchan as Auro, an intelligent 13-year-old boy with a rare condition that causes him to age beyond his years. Auro’s mother Vidya (Vidya Balan) raised her son alone as her partner Amol (played by Amitabh’s actual son Abhishek Bachchan) who was a political science student decided not to take the responsibility of a child. After years, Amol and Vidya meet and Auro helps them grow closer. The movie will touch you, move you, make you laugh, make you happy and most of the credit for that goes to exceptional performance by Big B.
The list does not cover even the tip of the iceberg but it is a great way to understand who is Amitabh Bachchan and offers a peek into his work. With time, the actor has grown with the industry and transformed from a romantic hero to an angry young man, to a father and he continues to build his legacy with each day.
For generation X and generation Y, Amitabh Bachchan is known for his tv hosting and the recent movies he has done, but generations before them remember the actor as a young hero. Few must-watch movies of Amitabh as a romantic lead actor including Silsila (1981) with Jaya Bachchan and Rekha, Kabhi Kabhi (1976). Amitabh has played various roles as a father and some of his best movies with great messages in family drama movies include Baghban (2003), Piku (2015) 102 Not Out (2018).
Bachchan’s contribution to the world of cinema is immense making him one of the most are inspiring and entertaining actors across the world, and he has been recognized for the same on various occasions but knowing that he greets his hundreds of fans each Sunday he is in the town outside his home defines how much gratitude he feels with love the country has offered him.