The words will fall short if I have to describe what Amitabh Bachchan means to the Bollywood industry and for that matter the entire nation. The phenomenal actor was born on 11 October, 1942. He is a world renowned famous personality who is a versatile actor, television host, playback singer, film producer and a former politician. He is tagged as “Angry Young Man” for the kind of roles he has portrayed in his movies like Deewaar, Zanjeer. He is known as Shahenshah of Bollywood and has a career span of five decades. His work is appreciated globally and is considered as the most powerful performer in the history of Hindi Cinema. He is an epitome of hard work and didn’t confine his talent in just doing roles in Bollywood movies but have diversified his skills and has taken risks which seldom people would take. Here are his 7 unconventional roles in his lifetime.
Badla (2019) is a mystery thriller directed by Sujoy Gosh, is an adaptation of Spanish Movie “The Invisible Guest”, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu is by far one of the best performances of The B, in which he played a role of an attorney. The film generated enormous inquisitiveness among cine enthusiasts. The director Sujoy couldn’t imagine anyone playing the role of Badal Gupta. His adaptability gleams in the movie, as his dialogue delivery imbibed his own thought process, which was incredible. Throughout the film he kept the suspense under wrap with extreme obstinacy, which gave cold shivers in the end.
Sarkar (2005), directed by Ram Gopal Varma is inspired by The God Father (hollywood movie), who depicted the character of Marlon Brando-esqu character. Amitabh Bachchan never looked this intimidating in any of his avatar. The dark side portrayed by him was phenomenal. The astuteness and brutality in his character are unimpeachable, it didn’t feel like as if he was acting. He made the audience believed with his performance, that he was the real Sarkar, the crime family boss, as he went deep down the character and worked immensely on his voice modulation.
Khakee (2004), is an action thriller movie, directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi. Khakee is the most critically acclaimed movies of Amitabh Bachchan, in which he essayed the role of a Police officer. The actor is a legend, he stunned everyone with his acting skills, as he had to portray some of the most difficult scenes in the film. He encompassed the aging character of a police officer very well and no other actor would have done justice to this role. His portrayal of emotions, decisiveness, firmness and a practical side gave a life to his character. He is one of the reasons I can watch this movie again and again.
Pink (2016) is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary is a social thriller, revolving around three females who are battling a sexual harassment case. But the role of a justice seeking retired lawyer, played by Amitabh Bachchan stole all the limelight. The belief with which he plays any character is truly epic and grand, which is quite evident through his art form. His ire against the social bigotries and discriminations seems very genuine. The role of a lawyer relatively suits him well as his passion and appeal to handle such role looks very resounding. Every dialogue echoes flawless and piercing, which grips the undivided attention of the audience. The absolute authority with which he declares ‘No means NO’ is very enthralling and poignant.
Black (2005), directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a Bollywood drama, which spins around a deaf-blind girl. Amitabh Bachchan plays a role of an alcoholic teacher who later develops Alzheimer. The actor even won the National Award for this heart wrenching emotional drama. The extreme pinnacle of sensitivity and pragmatism is attained by the Big B in this movie, as his acting is a complete masterpiece. The relationship between him and Rani Mukherjee is exceptional as he strives boundlessly to light the world of a girl who can’t hear, see or talk. Later, when he develops Alzheimer’s there is a new compassion and sensitivity, which unveils another dimension of his character.
Paa (2009), is a comedy drama directed by R. Balki. The film is inspired by Jack, a Hollywood film. Amitabh character is about a 12-year boy who is suffering from a rare genetic disorder known as Progeria. A 70-year-old established actor portraying a role of a 12 year with a serious medical condition, with all those prosthetics has pulled off the incredible and unbelievable act very well. This was a risk which Amitabh Bachchan and the director of the movie R.Balki took, it was a high peril high priced situation, but turned out to be favorable. The actor received National award for his performance.
Agneepath (1990), directed by Mukul S. Anand is a crime drama. Although when the movie was released, Amitabh Bachchan received a lot of flak for his role in the movie, due to his voice modulation and speech. He had to shove a cotton ball inside his mouth to replicate the style of Brando (The Godfather), who would use this technique during his auditions. The style seemed foreign to the audience therefore they couldn’t connect with the new style. The movie was a blockbuster and is counted amongst the most critically appreciated movie of Amitabh Bachchan till date.