Big B, the Shahenshah of Bollywood – Amitabh Bachchan is not just a legendary actor but has come to define the very face of the Indian film industry, not just in the country but globally.
He made his debut in Bollywood with the film Saat Hindustani way back in 1969. 2019 marks his half-century in Bollywood, and he’s still going strong.
Having to choose from an illustrious career spanning 200+ movies is no mean task. Start your celebrations honoring Bachchan Sr.’s five-decade in Bollywood, by binge-watching these 10 classics
This movie needs no introduction. It’s one of the best Indian films ever made and is a cult classic. The plot of this action-adventure may feel too simple to youngsters of today, but the acting, choreography, and superb fight scenes make it a master-watch even now.
Why Watch – You cannot call yourself a movie buff if you haven’t watched this one yet!
The story follows three brothers who get separated from their parents. The siblings get raised in three different faiths – Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity. As expected, they come together despite differences in their upbringing to fight against a common antagonist.
Why Watch – A feel-good action comedy movie, that takes you back to the golden years of Bollywood.
Even if you haven’t watched this movie, you would have probably heard the super hit song, “Main hoon don,” umpteen times. It’s the original classic gangster film that sparked the trend of similar movies that we see even today.
Why Watch – The on-screen persona of Amitabh simply enthralls. He owns the screen, and the dialogues by Salim-Javed seem tailor-made for him.
The title was taken from a poem written by poet Harishvansh Rai Bachchan, father of Amitabh Bachchan. In this movie, he plays the character “Vijay,” (one of his popular screen names) which won him the National Film Award for Best Actor.
Why Watch – Though considered a box-office flop, this movie has garnered a cult following over the years.
This movie brought the phenomenon of the “Angry Young Man” to Bollywood. Before this one, Amitabh had only done sensitive drama roles. This movie showed another version of Amitabh that the audience had never seen till then.
Why Watch – You are sure to be blown away by the legend’s acting prowess as he makes you buy into the strong and outlandish character of the protagonist.
Highly acclaimed by critics, Black is a masterpiece directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It portrays the relationship between a teacher (played by Amitabh) and his blind, deaf and mute student (played by Rani Mukherjee).
Why Watch – Amitabh’s portrayal of Debraj Sahai (the teacher who handles his student brilliantly, but later succumbs to Alzheimer’s) won him the second National Award for Best Actor in 2005.
Directed by R. Balki, Bachchan Sr plays the role of a 12-year-old with a rare genetic condition that makes him age unnaturally. With superb supporting roles played by Vidya Balan (as the mother) and Abhishek Bachchan (as the father), this one is an emotional rollercoaster ride.
Why Watch – Auro will tug your heartstrings for a long time, even after the movie is over.
The audience never expected Bachchan to rock a romantic comedy so late in his career, as he does in this movie. Directed once again by R.Balki, the movie shows the falling in love of a 64-year-old arrogant chef with a 34-year-old woman (played by Tabu).
Why Watch – The scene where Bachchan meets Tabu’s father (who is younger than him) to ask for his daughter’s hand is what aspiring movie makers will be taking notes from for years to come.
Bachchan plays an eccentric senior father who suffers from chronic constipation (something that you don’t get to see played on screen often). The movie traces a road trip where Bachchan goes from Delhi to Kolkata along with his daughter (Deepika Padukone) and their driver (Irrfan Khan).
Why Watch – The relationship with our parents is often bittersweet, and Bachchan (and Deepika) portray the constant bickering between father and daughter realistically, as well as showing the love and care they share.
This is a gritty courtroom drama, where Amitabh plays the role of a retired lawyer who fights a molestation case against politically powerful men.
Why Watch – Amitabh proves again that he still has it in him to deliver a nail-biting performance and his sonic voice still captivates the entire cinema hall.
Are you ready to start your Amitabh binge watching fest?