One of India’s most iconic actors, Amitabh Bachchan, is recognised all over the world for his talent and powerful performances. Fondly known as Big B or the Shahenshah of Bollywood, this actor has portrayed several memorable characters with aplomb.
This year as the legend turns 76, we take a look at some of the actor’s best Bollywood movies to watch.
One of the finest Amitabh Bachchan movies ever made, Sholay is the epitome of Bollywood masala movies. Big B’s portrayal of Jai, the cool and suave half of the Jai-Veeru duo, is loved as much today, as at the time of the movie’s release. A blockbuster movie, Sholay showcased Big B in various situations that ranged from comedy to intense, each of which were portrayed flawlessly. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, this movie proves why Amitabh Bachchan is one of India’s highest paid actors.
When it comes to the best Amitabh Bachchan movies, Satte pe Satta cannot be excluded. In this movie, the charismatic actor portrays the role of the oldest of 7 brothers, who aren’t entirely well-versed with social graces. The movie offers several laughs as it showcases the dynamic between the brothers as well as Big B’s attempts to woo his lady love, Hema Malini. From a typical bachelor to a caring brother and a loving husband, this movie is a fun watch to celebrate Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday.
The movie that gave the actor the title of ‘angry young man’, Zanjeer is undoubtedly among the top movies of Amitabh Bachchan. His portrayal of Inspector Vijay on a mission to end the dominance and crimes of Teja (Ajit Khan) was phenomenal and became a massive rage among the audiences. Taking a break from typical Bollywood movies of the time that focussed on the hero mostly in the romantic sense, director Prakash Mehra, portrayed Big B as an action hero who was not afraid of a fight. Watch this classic movie to celebrate Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday – you won’t regret it.
A hardened criminal and a simple man from the village, these two characters are poles apart and were portrayed flawlessly by the actor. One of the most popular Amitabh Bachchan movies, Don soon became a cult favourite and is loved even today. The movie’s popularity can be gauged by the massive box-office collections when it was released and the dialogues that are still used as punchlines at parties. The actor was also awarded the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor for the movie.
Almost everyone remembers the hilarious scene when a drunk Anthony (Amitabh Bachchan) is applying a bandaid to the mirror instead of himself. Easily regarded as one of the best Amitabh Bachchan movies, Amar Akbar Anthony is a great entertainer that received huge commercial and critical success. Director by Manmohan Desai, this movie is the classic Bollywood tale of brothers separated at birth, reuniting when they are older. The film also stars Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor in lead roles. If you are looking for a fun movie to watch with your kids, look no further than this massive entertainer which also has Amitabh Bachchan emerging from a giant egg!
‘Mere paas maa hai’ – these four words are probably the most recognised in India and have been referenced in several movies, memes and punchlines. When talking about the top movies of Amitabh Bachchan, Deewar definitely deserves a mention. The movie, directed by Yash Chopra, portrayed Big B as an anti-hero that the audiences found themselves rooting for till the end. The movie is a tale of two brothers who set out on two different journeys. While Shashi Kapoor chooses a life of honesty and hard work as a cop, Big B prefers the shortcut to wealth through crime. With two of the most talented actors on screen along with memorable dialogues and a riveting storyline, Deewaar is one of the best Bollywood movies to watch.
This movie reunited Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor after their powerful performances in Deewaar but in a completely different light. A mature movie portraying the timelessness of love and the obligations of relationships, Kabhi Kabhie is one of the most memorable films by director Yash Chopra. The actor portrays a romantic character with a soft and vulnerable side. While Big B was already recognised by the audience as the ‘angry young man’, this movie showcased him in a much softer and vulnerable role. Not only was Big B’s character highly praised but so was the movie. A movie ahead of its time, Kabhi Kabhie took audiences on a journey of love that spanned decades and overcame several obstacles with maturity and understanding. The story and the famous song ‘Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein’ are sure to stay with you long after the movie ends.