10 offbeat films of Amitabh Bachchan

Essaying unconventional roles, being agile on social media to immersing in various social causes, Amitabh Bachchan, who turned 74 on Tuesday, has managed to stay relevant

Amitabh Bachchan in a still from ‘Pink’
Amitabh Bachchan in a still from ‘Pink’

New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan turned 74 on Tuesday. Essaying unconventional roles, being agile on social media to associating with various social causes, Bachchan has managed to stay relevant over the years. He has donned many hats including producer, television show anchor and a politician. On his birthday, here’s a look at the 10 off-beat films of the veteran actor.

Pink (2016): The gritty courtroom drama, which has won the box-office and critics alike, features Bachchan playing the role of a retired lawyer who decides to fight a molestation case against politically connected men. Delivering a nail biting performance, Bachchan not only becomes the voice of reason in the film but also highlights the multitude of problems that exist in society from deep seated prejudices to lack of awareness about laws for women. The film has made Rs.39 crore so far at the box-office.

Piku (2015): Shoojit Sircar’s comedy-drama featured Bachchan as an eccentric ageing father who suffers from chronic constipation and stays with his daughter (played by Deepika Padukone). The film traces a road trip from Delhi to Kolkata taken by the father-daughter duo and the driver (played by Irrfan Khan) who is stuck between the two. The national award winning film grossed Rs.79 crore at the box-office.

Rann (2010): The political thriller starring Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal and Gul Panag was directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film saw Bachchan play the CEO of a news channel battling an ethical dilemma when his son (Kannada actor Sudeep Sanjeev) fabricates a news report. The film won critical acclaim but failed to strike a chord with the audiences. The film earned Rs.8 crore at the box-office.

Paa (2009): R.Balki’s comedy-drama starred Bachchan as a 12-year old boy afflicted with a rare genetic condition called progeria that causes him to age unnaturally. The film also starred actors Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan as Bachchan’s parents. The movie earned Bachchan a National Award in 2010 and made Rs.31 crore at the box- office.

Cheeni Kum (2007): The romantic-comedy directed by R.Balki saw a 64-year old arrogant chef (Bachchan) fall in love with 34-year old woman (played by Tabu). The film unfolds as Bachchan meets Tabu’s father (played by Paresh Rawal who is younger than Bachchan) and tries to ask for his daughter’s hand. The film earned Rs.17 crore at the box-office.

Nishabd (2007): Inspired by Russian born American writer Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, Nishabd traced an intimate relationship between a 60-year old man (played by Bachchan) and 18-year old girl (played by Jiah Khan). Released in 2007, the movie was much talked about for its bold theme. Bachchan was vehemently attacked by certain section of society for playing such a morally loose character. The film made Rs.7 crore at the box-office.

The Last Lear (2007): Directed by Rituparno Ghosh, the film follows the life of a veteran theatre actor Harish Mishra or Harry (played by Bachchan) who is lured out of retirement by a young director (played by Arjun Rampal) who wants him to play a character in his film. As he struggles with the cinematic process, he finds refuge in doling out acting tips to his co-star Shabnam (played by Preity Zinta), with whom he gradually develops a warm friendship. Although the film did not do well at the box-office, it managed to win the National Award for Best Feature Film in English. The film made Rs.1 crore at the box-office.

Black (2005): The highly-acclaimed film, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, revolves around a blind, deaf and mute girl (played by Rani Mukherjee) and her relationship with her teacher (played by Bachchan) who himself later develops Alzheimer’s. The layered character of Debraj Sahai won Bachchan multiple awards including his second National Film Award in 2005. The film made Rs.23 crore at the box-office.

Boom (2003): Writer director Kaizad Gustad’s film explored the involvement of the fashion world with the underworld. Bachchan played the character of an underworld don called Bade Mia who is determined to recover the diamonds that have been lost by three super models (played by Padma Lakshmi, Madhu Sapre and Katrina Kaif) during a high-profile fashion show. Although, the film bombed at the box-office, it was talked about owing to its unusual plot and glamour quotient. The film made Rs.6 crore at the box-office.

Aankhen (2002): Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s heist thriller drama starred Bachchan as a short-tempered bank manager who is fired and decides to avenge his loss by getting the bank robbed by three blind men—played by Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal and Paresh Rawal. The film also starred actor Sushmita Sen as a teacher who trains the trio. In August, director Anees Bazmee announced a sequel to the movie which will star Bachchan. The film made Rs.17 crore at the box-office.

All figures have been sourced from movie website Box Office India

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