New Delhi: After going through a low phase, the career of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 70 Thursday, has been on a roll since 2000.
From ‘Mohabbatein’ to ‘Paa’, the actor has brought various characters alive on screen in the last decade, which in some way or the other is close to reality.
Here is a list of Amitabh`s most popular films in the last decade.
‘Mohabbatein’ (2000): Directed by Aditya Chopra, this film came as a turning point in Amitabh`s career as he struggled to keep up with the pace of the changing scenario of Hindi cinema. In the film, he played the role of Gurukul principal Narayan Shankar who puts an emphasis on honour, tradition and discipline, and is against the emotion of love.
‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001): In the film, Amitabh played the role of a wealthy businessman, who is fiercely dominating and insists on controlling the lives of his wife and sons, however at the same time he is loving too. The way Amitabh portrayed both the aspects of his personality won him critical accolades. You might hate him for being dominating at one point, but towards the end you would love him.
‘Baghban’ (2003): This Ravi Chopra film is a heart-warming story of an old couple, Raj (Amitabh) and Pooja (Hema), who are forced to live apart because their four children feel it would be difficult for them to take care of them together. The pain and agony that Raj goes through while living miles away from his wife was so nicely portrayed by Amitabh, that it brought tears to the eyes of the audience.
‘Black’ (2005): Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Black revolves around a blind and deaf girl Michelle played by Rani Mukerji and her relationship with her teacher Debraj Sahai, played by Amitabh. Debraj takes the responsibility to educate the girl. His outstanding portrayal of the teacher who later goes on to develop Alzheimer`s disease won him the national award for best actor.
‘Cheeni Kum’ (2007): R. Balki`s comedy was a unique love story between a 64-year-old Buddhadev Gupta with 34-year-old Nina. His brilliant performance in the film not just entertains with its sarcastic humour, but also touches heart with its emotional moments.
‘Paa’ (2009): It was one of the best films of Amitabh`s career. At an age where most of his contemporaries have taken a backseat, the megastar took the risk of playing a 12-year-old child suffering from progeria. His sensitive portrayal of an aging boy left an impact on viewers. It used to take hours for Big B to put on the prosthetic make-up.
‘Aarakshan’ (2011): The Prakash Jha film saw Amitabh playing the role of an honest Prabhakar Anand, who fought to bring a change in the educational system without compromising on his morals and principles. The intensity with which he played the role left a lasting impression on the minds of the audience.
First Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 08:54