Big B continues to rule hearts

Amitabh Bachchan: The superstar’s latest film to hit the theatres may be laconically titled Goodbye but Amitabh Bachchan is not going anywhere anytime soon. Eighty going on 18, the Shahenshah of Bollywood continues to rule people’s heart with this inimitable style and his booming baritone voice. As he turns 80 today, Aamitabh is currently hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati 2022 season and is looking forward to his next release in November ’22. This is not all. He will also be seen in a remake of The Intern with Deepika Padukone in the coming months.

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Amitabh Bachchan, who made his debut 53 years back in 1969 with Saat Hindustani, has time and again been surprising us with new revelations. In a recent episode of KBC, Amitabh Bachchan revealed that he washes and irons his clothes since his early days. Not only this, Big B also said that fancy clothes are not part of his daily attire. He wears them only during the shoots. Otherwise, he repeats his clothes and keeps it simple most of the time.

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Though a difficult task, let’s take a look at some iconic dialogues from Big B’s 10 path breaking movies that have fired people’s imagination over the years.

1 Anand (1971)

Memories forever

Anand mara nahi… Anand marte nahi

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand famously laced the tears with laughter. While the protagonists remained dry-eyed, no one in the audience could claim they did not shed a tear. The Hrishikesh Mukherjee film endeared Amitabh Bachhan to the country as Babu Moshai.

2 Sholay (1975)

Trolling before internet

Tumhara naam kya hai Basanti? 

The cult action-adventure film, written by Salim–Javed and directed by Ramesh Sippy, Sholay was ranked first in the British Film Institute’s 2002 poll of ‘Top 10 Indian Films’ of all time. In 2005, the judges of the 50th Filmfare Awards named it the Best Film of 50 Years. It remains one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

3 Deewar (1975)

Redefining priorities

Aaj mere paas gadi hai, bangla hai, paisa hai… tumhare paas kya hai?

Remember this iconic dialogue from the film Deewar? Amitabh Bachchan’s angry young man avatar in this Yash Chopra, Salim-Javed film changed the face of Hindi cinema.

4 Don (1978)

Mai hun don

Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai

The most fun-filled 70s Bollywood movie with the great Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role, made him a living god. The music was perfect, action super and had all elements of melodrama – murder, romance, betrayal, intrigue. It  ranks amongst the best thrillers Bollywood has ever made.

5 Silsila (1981)

Angry young man turned romantic

Mai aur meri tanhai aksar ye baaten karte hain…

A controversial film of its time, it portrayed an extra-marital affair. A classic romance film, Silsila was made with Yash Copra’s magical style and despite unfair Box Office response, it remains a must see to this day! Amitabh in the first half of the film established the fact that he was a hardcore romantic just as much as he was a firebrand action hero.

6 Kaalia (1981)

Hum jahan khade hote hain, line wahi se shuru hoti hai

What confidence!

Certainly not Big B’s best film, but worth a watch. It can’t be compared with Deewar, Sholay or Agneepath, but it’s a gripping film, with a great plot and has great songs. The film is quick and flowing and has a hint of great comedy. One of the most stylish and iconic blockbusters of Amitabh.

7 Satte Pe Satta (1982)

A teetotaler’s advice

Daru peene se liver kharab ho jata hai…

The film is based on Hollywood movie Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. A musical comedy in a truly commercial format, it had right doses of humour, music and action. Directed by Raj Sippy, the film was a double treat: Bachchan in double role.

8 Sharabi (1984)

Moochey ho to Natthu Lal ji jaisi

Call it flattery

Prakash Mehra’s Sharaabi is set in the backdrop of a morally swayed society. Amitabh’s role as the virtuous rich and spoilt character came as a breather for the vastly tumbling Indian socio-political institution. The glorified alcoholic coupled with memorable dialogues and an iconic performance by Amitabh livens up the movie.

9 Shahenshah (1988)

Father figure

Rishtey me to hum tumhare baap lagte hain…

Falling in the ‘Masala’ genre, it had great actions sequences, soundtrack and amazing songs. Call it India’s own Superman kind of movie, it was one of the most memorable films in Amitabh’s career before his hiatus in the late 80’s and 90’s.

10 Piku

Celebrating scatology

Motion mey hi emotion hai…

Amitabh Bachchan once again proves that he may be ageing but still has so much to give. Portraying a  stubborn father, the actor gives the film the required élan inherent to him – making you laugh, cry and smile all at once.

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