The Biggest Superstar ever of Hindi Cinema turns 75 today! The range of his body of work is incomparable, and he has been tremendous in everything that he has done from Action to Comedy to Drama to Extrovert to Introvert to you name it, but my favorite ones have been his serious understated types! Making his debut as the voice narrator in Mrinal Sen’s award winning Bhuvan Shome in 1969, the Maestro has come a long way! 4 national awards, 15 filmfare awards, 41 filmfare nominations and a host of innumerable other accolades and counting, his journey continues! May be his performance of the lifetime is yet to come!
While we wait for that, here is wishing AMITABH BACHCHAN a very HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY!
It is also the opportune time for me to try listing my TOP 15 FAVORITE CHARACTERS of the Maestro! It is like searching for needles sprinkled in hay stack! I do also know that he is THE most favorite for many other cine-lovers, and everyone will have their personal favorites from his body of work, hence looking forward to exchange notes as well!
So here is a ranking of my favorite roles that he played.. what will be yours?
Honorable Mentions – Satte pe Satta, Silsila, Trishul, Jurmana, Namak Halaal, Sharabi, Aankhein… too long to list…
15. Alok Prasad – Alaap
14. Deepak Sehgal – Pink
13. ACP Anant Srivastava – Khakee
12. Subhash Nagre – Sarkar
11. Moti – Saudagar
10. Vijay Pal Singh – Kaala Patthar
09. Prof. Sukumar Sinha – Chupke Chupke
08. Auro – Paa
07. Dr. Sudhir Roy – Bemisaal
06. Harish Mishra – The Last Lear
05. Amit Malhotra – Kabhi Kabhie
04. Jai – Sholay
03. Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee – Anand
02. Subir Kumar – Abhimaan
01. Shekhar Dayal – Mili
Amitabh Bachhan has himself always maintained that Hrishikesh Mukherjee explored the best side of him as an actor and we couldn’t agree more. Yash Chopra would possibly come next.
In the hope that the actor still has enough in him to slip in a new entry into this list in days to come with another brilliant performance. He can if he chooses well. We will wait.