'Piku' or 'Paa', 'Silsila' or 'Sholay', 'Deewaar' or 'Sarkar': What is your favorite Amitabh Bachchan movie?
Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1969, an ungainly and too tall actor appeared on the big screen in the underrated ' Saat Hindustani '. History was being made in the cinema, but nobody knew it until many years later. Half a century later, Khwaja's movie Ahmed Abbas is seen and criticized again and again as the debut of Amitabh Bachchan , possibly the biggest star of Indian cinema. Along with his golden jubilee in Hindi cinema and countless films and awards, another pen was recently added to his already crowded cap: the Dadasaheb Phalke Award . To recognize his contribution to Indian cinema, this year's IFFI (International Film Festival of India) will be opened by him. There will also be a special section at the festival where fans can watch some of their movies. Bachchan has selected six of his films for this section: ' Sholay ' (1975) , 'Deewaar' (1975) , 'Black' (2005) , 'Paa' (2009), ' Piku ' (2015) and 'Badla' (2019). While Big B has chosen some of his favorite films for IFFI, with such an enormous job, there are many gems that did not reach his list. So, we asked some of his high profile fans to share his list of Bachchan's favorite movies.
Dilip Cherian shares, “It’s a tough one since there are so many! Over the decades Amitabh Bachchan has played many roles, though for people of my generation his films of the 1970s up to mid-1980s are what we remember most. It's when I came to personify the Angry Young Man in many memorable movies. But there are others too which reveal his more sensitive side - romantic and comic. Therefore, my list of favorites is a mix. ”He tells us what makes each film on his list iconic.
Although it was essentially a Rajesh Khanna vehicle, Amitabh's secondary role as Dr. Bhasker Banerjee (famous as Babu Moishai) was the first clue for many about the depth of talent he possessed. Deewaar (1974)
It would be touching and passing between 'Deewar' & ' Sholay ' (1974), but I would go with ' Deewar ' , which consolidated his image of Angry Young Man. In addition, he had the screen for himself, unlike ' Sholay ' where he shared screen time with Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Amjad Khan, etc. All his later films in that decade and, even later, were essentially a variation of the subject.
Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
Again, a shake between this movie and 'Silsila' (1981), but here again, we have a film that defines Mr. Bachchan's career. It brought out the poetic side of Amitabh, and the story of the mismatched couples was elevated to another level by the lyrics of Sahir Ludhianvi and the memorable music of Khayyam. It is a success even today.
I chose this movie because it showed us that Angry Young Man had effortlessly changed to Angry Old Man. Here Amitabh plays a godfather to Marlon Brando. Certainly it is 'The Godfather' set in Mumbai. All registered trademarks of Amitabh (fiery look, serious voice and impeccable dialogue delivery) are very evident.
A more recent departure for Amitabh as grumpy father and elder of Deepika Padukone. No more dhishum-dhishum, just a brilliant performance by Amitabh that also has excellent comic moments.
Gautam Chintamani, a film historian, has written a book on Amitabh Bachchan ’s' Pink' , and share with us your favorite movies of the legend and what makes them special.
Due in large part to the body of work that followed, 'Parwana' remains a forgotten, which is a pity as it would be one of Amitabh Bachchan's best performances. It might have been a risky proposition to play a negative character at such an early stage of his career but keeping in mind that actors such as Vinod Khanna had made a mark playing the antagonist, the risk was more than worth it.
Namak Haraam (1973)
Contrary to popular belief, for Hrishikesh Mukherjee, in 'Anand', Bachchan beat Rajesh Khanna and in ' Namak Haram ' Khanna beat Bachchan. Still, 'Namak Haraam' He is the true precursor of the Angry Young Man phase that catapulted Bachchan to stardom. A paper backed by the author, where the temptation to pass over was too easy to give in, Bachchan remained moderate and more than released.
One of the first films where Bachchan, the actor, managed to shine alongside Bachchan, the superstar. ' Saudagar is a master class in all-around acting thanks to the evergreen Nutan and Amitabh Bachchan. Released at a time when the action phase was setting in and Bachchan was poised to become a box office colossus, this is a poignant performance that still holds after almost four and a half decades.
Principal Aazad Hoon (1989)
It's almost impossible for superstars to play Everyman but Bachchan in ' Main Aazad Hoon ' He was about to perfect it. A new version of 'Frank Capra' Meet John Doe ' , the film captured some of the essence of the angry Young Man at a later stage and also captured the spirit of the 1980s, where political instability was at its peak in India.
A wonderful cast that made an ode to the police in Hindi movies, ' Khakee ' presented Bachchan in a paper that showed what could have happened to the vertical inspector Vijay of «Zanjeer» If I had not given up the force. The vulnerability that Bachchan adorned in his character also showed the ease with which a protagonist could make the transition to more significant roles within the scope of popular Hindi movies.
Madhur Bhandarkar, who is a die-hard fan of Amitabh Bachchan, says that Bachchan’s films had a huge influence on him. He says, “We were kids when «Zanjeer» was released After watching Amitabh Bachchan play a policeman in the film, I bought a policeman costume and used to play chor-police wearing that. desde ' Deewaar ' We used to copy his style of dressing the shirt with that knot. But it is 'Shakti' which is my favorite. It is not just my favorite Bachchan film but an overall favorite film. It had such brilliant performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar, both towering personalities and brilliant actors. Also, the confrontation scene between them is unforgettable. The film was subtle, intense and the dialogues were very well-written. I have seen all these films over 20-25 times. ”
Shakti (1982) | Zanjeer (1973) | Deewaar (1975) | Piku (2015) | Satte Pe Satta (1982)
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