Amitabh Bachchan, often called the “Shahenshah” of Bollywood, is a legendary figure whose presence has graced the Indian film industry for several decades. A multifaceted personality, he is an actor, film producer, television host, and former politician. Amitabh Bachchan’s cinematic journey began with his debut film “Saat Hindustani” (1969), directed by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. While the film didn’t garner immense commercial success, it began an unparalleled career in Indian cinema. However, his role in “Anand” (1971), where he played the character of Dr Bhaskar, caught the audience’s attention and offered a glimpse of his potential as an actor.
“Sholay,” directed by Ramesh Sippy, stands as one of the most iconic films in Indian cinema history, and Amitabh Bachchan’s portrayal of Jai is nothing short of legendary. His camaraderie with Dharmendra and the unforgettable dialogues and action sequences contributed to the film’s immense popularity. The film’s box office collection, which shattered records then, was a testament to Amitabh’s star power and ability to leave an indelible impact on audiences.
In “Deewar,” directed by Yash Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan delivered a powerhouse performance as Vijay, a disillusioned son who turns to a life of crime. His iconic dialogue “Mere paas maa hai” (“I have my mother”) has become an integral part of Indian pop culture. The film’s exploration of morality and social commentary resonated with audiences, propelling it to become a box office hit.
Directed by Manmohan Desai, “Amar Akbar Anthony” showcased Amitabh Bachchan’s versatility as he portrayed Anthony, one of three brothers separated at birth. His comic timing, along with his engaging performance, contributed to the film’s entertainment value. The movie’s success further solidified Amitabh’s significant box office draw position.
In “Don,” directed by Chandra Barot, Amitabh Bachchan took on the dual role of Don, a charismatic criminal, and Vijay, a look-alike who assumes Don’s identity. His enigmatic portrayal of the titular character and the film’s gripping narrative contributed to its box office triumph. The film’s success marked another milestone in Amitabh’s career.
Directed by Mukul Anand, “Agneepath” saw Amitabh Bachchan in a bold and intense role as Vijay Dinanath Chauhan. The film’s gritty narrative, Amitabh’s powerful performance, and the now-famous dialogues have etched “Agneepath” into the annals of Indian cinema. While it may not have achieved remarkable box office figures upon release, it has become a cult classic and an integral part of Amitabh Bachchan’s illustrious filmography.
In this family drama directed by Karan Johar, Amitabh Bachchan played the patriarch of a wealthy family. His portrayal of Yashvardhan Raichand added emotional depth to the film. Despite being a multi-starrer , Amitabh’s presence was pivotal in elevating the film’s overall impact. The movie’s box office collection and his heartfelt performance underscored his enduring appeal.
Kalki 2898-A.D is an upcoming Indian epic science fiction film directed by Nag Ashwin and produced by C. Aswani Dutt under Vyjayanthi Movies. Starring an ensemble cast including Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Deepika Padukone, Disha Patani, and Pasupathy, the film was announced in February 2020. Filming began in July 2021 at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, shooting simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi. With a budget of ₹600 crore (US$75 million), it is the most expensive Indian film ever made. The music score is composed by Santhosh Narayanan, with cinematography by Djordje Stojiljkovic and production design by Nitin Zihani Choudhary. The film is scheduled to release in cinemas in 2024.
Part 1 is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language dystopian action film directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Good Co, Jackky Bhagnani, Vashu Bhagnani, and Deepshikha Deshmukh under Pooja Entertainment. Starring Tiger Shroff, Amitabh Bachchan, and Kriti Sanon, the film has undergone a lengthy pre-production stage and principal photography. It is India’s first Dystopian film and has a budget of ₹150 crore. The film is scheduled for theatrical release on 20 October 2023, coinciding with Dussehra.