Amitabh Bachchan – Most Memorable Characters!

Amitabh Bachchan – The Biggest Superstar ever of Hindi Cinema completely 50 years of ruling the screen 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 and then with an on screen debut with Saat Hindustani in the same year, the Maestro has come a long way! The Dadasaheb Phalke honour, Padma Vibhushan, 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!

It is also the opportune time for me to try listing my TOP 20 FAVORITE CHARACTERS of the Maestro! It is like searching for needles sprinkled in hay stack! Mr. Bachchan has worked with a wide range of filmmakers going extremely commercial on one end, to perfectly fitting in to the serious middle of the road cinema, and then seamlessly transitioning to the older character roles as he continued his journey in this millenium.

I personally think that his best body of work has been with Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who brought out the softer, sensitive side of the superstar like no one else. I am also not a particular fan of most of his national award winning performances (barring one), some of his most iconic characters, as well as his biggest commercial hits. Most of them were cases of trying too hard and going over the top to make a mark, and think he has done much better work in some of his other films.

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? The best way to remember these performances will be to go revisit them, rather than talking about them yet again as there may be nothing new to describe in words.. So happy watching..

Honorable Mentions – Jurmana, Sharabi, Aankhein, Zanjeer, Shakti

TOP 20 PERFORMANCES

20. Arjun SinghNamak Halaal (1982) | Prakash Mehra

 

19. Vijay KumarTrishul (1978) | Yash Chopra

 

18. Ravi Anand / BabuSatte pe Satta (1982) | Raj N Sippy

 

17. Vikram MaharajNamak Haraam (1973) | Hrishikesh Mukherjee

 

16. Amit MalhotraSilsila (1981) | Yash Chopra

 

15. Alok PrasadAlaap (1977) | Hrishikesh Mukherjee

 

14. Deepak SehgalPink (2016) | Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury

 

13. ACP Anant SrivastavaKhakee (2004) | Rajkumar Santoshi

 

12. Subhash NagreSarkar (2005) | Ram Gopal Verma

 

11. MotiSaudagar (1973) | Sudhendu Roy

 

10. Vijay Pal SinghKaala Patthar (1979) | Yash Chopra

 

09. Prof. Sukumar SinhaChupke Chupke (1975) | Hrishikesh Mukherjee

 

08. AuroPaa (2009) | R Balki

 

07. Dr. Sudhir RoyBemisaal (1982) | Hrishikesh Mukherjee

 

06. Harish MishraThe Last Lear (2007) | Rituparno Ghosh

 

05. Amit MalhotraKabhi Kabhie (1976) | Yash Chopra

 

04. JaiSholay (1975) | Ramesh Sippy

 

03. Dr. Bhaskar BanerjeeAnand (1971) | Hrishikesh Mukherjee

 

02. Subir KumarAbhimaan (1973) | Hrishikesh Mukherjee

 

01. Shekhar DayalMili (1975) | Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Amitabh Bachhan has himself always maintained that Hrishikesh Mukherjee explored the best side of him as an actor and his best performances are a reaffirming testament to the same. 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.

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