Some are born actors, some learn acting and some become great actors with the passage of time – Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan falls in the last 2 categories, considering at the start of his career, no one wanted to cast him in films.
In fact he was rejected by All India Radio as an announcer which seems like a joke, considering everyone loves his voice. Big B reached the pinnacle of his career in the 70s when the phrase Angry Young Man was coined for him for he was both angry and young in films.
Moving on, he has now become a senior citizen but his talent hasn’t gone away. In fact, he has matured magnificently as an actor and has given towering performances without being the film’s main lead.
If we pick up his last few films, Amitabh Bachchan has done roles that have challenged the actor in him, the kind of roles the Younger Big B wouldn’t have imagined to do in the future.
In an interview, Big B disclosed that an Indian roamed around the sets and later declared that there was no Amitabh Bachchan in the cast; which wasn’t true since Amitabh Bachchan was constantly under makeup and unrecognizable one too.
He played the role of a boy who suffers from a rare genetic condition; the role of his on-screen father is played by his real-life son Abhishek which is a ‘rare’ feat indeed.
Buddha Hoga Tera Baap (2011)
He came, he saw and he conquered the scene as a young man in the 70s and in 2011, he acted in this film with the same passion. Big B played the ultimate angry old man here who would lose his mind on being called an old man. Then there was his unique style of cursing where he would self-censor the abuse for the benefit of the audience, not to forget his action scenes that reminded one of the yesteryear hits
Amitabh Bachchan teamed up with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan in this classic road trip film where he played an old Bengali who has constipation issues and needed someone to assist him in his daily chores.
The role was as different from his other films as possible, making the audience fall in love with his character, instantly.
Making the role of a handicapped chess master believable was as easy as 1, 2, and 3 for Big B who looked every bit a chess teacher. In fact, the film would have lost its edge had another actor been cast in the role of the scheming old man who was always one step ahead of the rest.
No actor in the history of Bollywood would have been able to play the role of a disgraced lawyer who returns to the court to save his neighbours who were wrongly accused of a crime they didn’t commit. The courtroom scenes with Piyush Mishra and the girls were mind-blowing due to which Big B was able to shine in the women centric drama.
102 Not Out (2018)
Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor have played brothers before but never ever have the two veterans acted as father and son – with Big B being the father, Rishi being the son. The 75-year old is comfortable playing the role of a 102 year old man and makes you fall in love with his character that is mentally aged 26, compared to his son’s 75 years. He makes you laugh, makes you sad and makes you want to do the right thing, before winning the battle against the son of his son!