The superstar of the millennium needs no introduction. The actor has achieved a supreme level of stardom, which none of his contemporaries had thought of even reaching. Being an outsider, Big B struggled a lot during his initial days in the industry, but he didn’t give up. Before delivering his first hit, AB had to endure 13 flops in a row. But as they say, hard work really does pay off. With his immense dedication and an eye for detail, Amitabh Bachchan has become the definition of an actor in the Indian film industry.
No one had ever imagined that a man with such a deep baritone will one day take over Bollywood and rule it. One of the most influential personalities in recent times, the actor was honoured with the Padma Shri Award in 1984, the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015 by the Government of India. He was also honored by the French Government with the Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2007. It is the highest French civilian honor.
On the occasion of Amitabh Bachchan’s 75th birthday today, we take a look at five films that make him who he is…
Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer gave Amitabh his first successful film after dozens of unsuccessful ones. The movie gave Amitabh Bachchan the persona of being the ‘Angry Young Man.’ While Zanjeer clashed with Bobby and Daag at the box office, the film performed exceptionally well at the ticket windows.
Don was among the few films in that era, where the lead actor had portrayed a grey character. Big B played the titular role with ease and finesse, right from his walking style to small gestures – everything became a rage. His iconic dialogue from the film, “Don ka intezar toh gyarah mulkon ki police kar rahi hai lekin ek baat samajh lo ki Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin namumkin hai” is still considered to be his trademark dialogue.
Ramesh Sippy’s multi-starrer film, Sholay, is considered to be one of the most iconic films of Indian cinema. Amitabh’s sincere and earnest performance and his camaraderie with Dharmendra were the highlights of this all-time blockbuster film. The film was screened continuously for five years at Mumbai’s Minerva theater.
Loosely inspired by the life of gangster Haji Mastan, Amitabh’s raw and rugged look in Yash Chopra’s Deewar established his angry young man avatar in a more justified way. While the film received accolades and box office success, it is also a defining moment in Big B’s life. As per cinema lovers, Deewar is still considered as one of the finest performances of Amitabh Bachchan.
Inspired by the poetry of his own father, late Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan delivered a top-notch performance in Mukul Anand’s Agneepath. His deep baritone and swagger made the character of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan memorable. Amitabh Bachchan also bagged his first Best Actor National Award for this film.