The 70 Best Films Of Amitabh Bachchan -- Part III
Here's presenting the third installment in our ongoing series, marking the Bollywood icon's 70th birthday on October 11.
Read the first and second parts!
Yash Chopra pulled off the greatest casting coup of his career by convincing Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan along with Rekha to star together at the height of their alleged link-up in a script about extramarital affairs.
Despite the curiosity factor, dazzling visuals of Holland and Shiv-Hari's dulcet compositions, Silsila wasn't a roaring success.
Image: Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan in Silsila
Big B means business in his engrossing transformation from bumpkin Kallu to thief Kaalia in Tinnu Anand's fun-package of knockout punch lines and RD Burman's snazzy soundtrack.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Kaalia
Namak Halaal (1982)
There's no shortage of entertainment in this Prakash Mehra dramedy starring AB as the naive, dadoo-loving villager Arjun Singh and his oddball experiences after he's appointed the concierge of a five-star hotel in the city and later 'maalik' Shashi Kapoor's fiercely loyal bodyguard.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Namak Halaal
In spite of a fairly cliched plot about two brothers, Bachchan's antics, glorious chemistry with Parveen Babi and Vinod Mehra and a knack for dictating the viewer's emotions ensure Khud-Daar is a merry experience all through.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Khud-Daar
Satte Pe Satta (1982)
Though Satte Pe Satta takes some inspiration from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Big B (in an interesting double role) and his band of unkempt siblings who straighten their act for the sake of love, invest a lot more spontaneity and snazz to add to its repeat value.
Image: A scene from Satte Pe Satta
It's always a matter of great excitement when Bollywood's two major stars share screen space.
In Ramesh Sippy's Shakti, Dilip Kumar and Bachchan team up for the first time to play a troubled father-son pair on either side of the law with dramatic intensity.
Image: Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan in Shakti
After working on Hrishikesh Mukerjee's Jurmana, the troika of AB, Raakhee and Vinod Mehra got together in another tender tale of friendship and sacrifice for the still charming Bemisal.
Image: Raakhee, Vinod Mehra and Amitabh Bachchan in Bemisal
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Mahaan
It's also on the sets of this film that the actor, while shooting an action scene with Puneet Issar, had a terrible, near-fatal accident.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Coolie
Loosely inspired by Hollywood's Arthur, Big B's drunken act in and as Sharaabi triggered by an apathetic relationship with his money-minded father is best known for its blend of humour, sentiment and a sizzling soundtrack by Bappi Lahiri.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Sharaabi
Only a megastar of Amitabh Bachchan's stature could have pulled off the corny exaggerations and sexist fervor of the part-jingoistic, part-masala, part-Taming of the Shrew called Mard.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Amrita Singh in Mard
Aakhree Raasta (1986)
Though he's playing both the father and son, Bachchan steals the scene and thunder as the retribution seeking elderly guy avenging his dead wife with his unique techniques to bump off the offenders and an overwhelming performance.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Aakhree Raasta
Playing the vigilante in a grayish wig and black leather suit with a heavily chained arm isn't exactly superhero material.
But once AB declares who's the baap, there's no scope to nitpick in this unabashed masala called Shahenshah.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Shahenshah
Main Azaad Hoon (1989)
Though surprisingly undervalued, Tinnu Anand's hard-hitting Main Azaad Hoon inspired by Frank Capra's Meet John Doe is a rather fine film about an unemployed man volunteering to become the face of socio-political revolution and in the process discovering some bitter reality.
Image: Shabana Azmi and Amitabh Bachchan in Main Azaad Hoon
Image: Rohini Hattangadi and Amitabh Bachchan in Agneepath
Whether he's essaying the feisty, factory worker Tiger or the calm, family man Shekhar, Bachchan does a great balancing act as a man with many faces in the super-hit Hum co-starring Rajnikanth and Govinda.
Image: Kimi Katkar and Amitabh Bachchan in Hum
Khuda Gawah (1993)
Following Agneepath and Hum, Mukul Anand and Big B collaborated once again with an exquisite Sridevi in tow to produce epic results in the grand Afghanistan-India story about love, friendship and faith.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi in Khuda Gawah
Major Saab (1998)
After a disastrous comeback in Mrityudaata, Big B redeemed himself to a good extent as the softhearted but stern looking army man trying to get a wayward cadet (Ajay Devgn) on track in his home production, Major Saab.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan in Major Saab
Turns out their idealogical conflict in a movie that introduced half a dozen newcomers was quite easily the best thing about this schmaltz.
Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in Mohabbatein