Iconic movies of Amitabh Bachchan

The Big B of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan is celebrating his 77 birthday today.  He was born on October 11, 1942, in Allahabad. His father, Harivansh Rai was a well-known Hindi poet and mother Teji Bachchan was a social activist.

Amitabh made his debut with the movie “Saath Hindustani” in 1969. But it was in the year 1971 when he got his biggest break.  Bachchan played the role of a Doctor in Anand movie, where he is treating a terminal ill, Rajesh Khanna.  This movie gave him his first Filmfare award for ‘Best Supporting actor male”.

From that point, there has been no turning back. Amitabh has acted in more than 200 movies and has completed 55 years in Bollywood.  The actor has also graced the small screen as the host of the famous quiz show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” the Indian version of American show “Who wants to be a Millionaire” for more than 11 years.

Today, on his special day, we are taking a trip down the memory lane and looking at the top 10 movies, which prove why Amitabh is indeed the Shehenshah of Bollywood.

1.Agneepath

Year-1990

Director-Mukul S Anand

Cast- Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakravarthy, Danny Denzongpa

Agneepath, Agneepath, Agneepath.  Well, a young Amitabh Bachchan says this dialogue in the movie, You are guaranteed to get goosebumps.  This movie even got the actor his first National Award.

2. Deewar

Year- 1975

Director- Yash Chopra

Cast- Amitabh Bachchan, Sashi Kapoor,  Neetu Singh,  Parveen Babi

The movie gave Bachchan the “Angry Young Man” persona.  The clash of ideologies between the siblings, Amitabh and Sashi, still remains iconic.

“Uff, tumahe ye usool, ye adrash. Aaj mere pass Gadi hai, Bungalow hai, Bank Balance hai. Tumhare pass kya hai”. You cannot help it but read it in Bachchan’s voice.

3.Don

Year-1978

Director- Chandra Barot

Cast- Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran, Helen

The crime-thriller movie was one of the most stylish movies, Bollywood has made.  It had the perfect blend of class, style, costumes, action, drama, dance and iconic dialogues.

“Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi namomkin hai”.

4.Silsila

Year-1981

Director-Yash Chopra

Cast- Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Sashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar

This movie had the dream star cast, director and script.  The love triangle between Amitabh, Jaya and Rekha in the movie bore resemble their personal life as well.  But the chemistry the actor shared with both his co-stars was impeccable.  It is considered one of the best love story Yash Chopra has directed.

5.Shahensha

Year-1998

Director- Tinnu Anand

Cast- Amitabh Bachchan, Amrish Puri, Tinnu Anand, Pran

A tough vigilante, whose only aim is to punish the corrupt. Bachchan played the role of Shehensha, and old, salt pepper hair man, who wants to end the corruption in the country and wants to teach people a lesson.

Bachchan looks dapper in his all-black armour and a left iron hand to smash and bash his enemies.  It is a treat to watch the actor the pull out stunts in this action pack movie.  and of course the iconic dialogue just cannot be missed, “Rishtey mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain, Naam hai Shahensha.”

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