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Amitabh Tussi Great Ho!

Barring films like Mrityudaata, Lal Badshah and Suryavansham, Big B seldom went wrong with the choice of films in the second innings of his career. Parmita Uniyal tells more.

entertainment Updated: Oct 10, 2008 18:28 IST
Parmita Uniyal

From angry youngman of 70s to versatile 'old' man of 2000s, Amitabh Bachchan has come a long way. Despite getting immense critical acclaim for his recent release The Last Lear, he couldn't make the film a success at box-office owing to the limited audience it appealed to. But success now has a different meaning for this legendary actor.

As an actor, Amitabh Bachchan not only has a range of emotions to portray on screen, he also has that ability to carry off nearly any look with élan. Barring films like Mrityudata, Lal Badshah and Suryavansham, Big B seldom went wrong with the choice of films in the second innings of his career. In fact, fresh and experimental scripts are being written exclusively for him. And certainly that's not just because he has ruled Bollywood for more than four decades, it is because Amitabh with his boundless energy is raring to reinterpret himself as an actor with each film.

People who worshipped his larger-than-life image wouldn't have imagined that he'd enter their television sets through Kaun Banega Crorepati. But he did. And for everybody's surprise swayed everybody off their feet (including his critics) with his new avatar as a TV host. Mohabbatein further gave him a new lease in Bollywood and we soon became used to seeing Amitabh in his bearded avatar.

Strangely, whenever Amitabh tried to experiment in his first innings with films like Ajooba and Main Azaad Hoon, audiences never accepted him. They liked him in his action and even comic avatar, but he had to live-up to a certain image.

Emotional touch
In his second innings however, audience loved him when he played a shattered father in Virruddh and a doting father-in-law in Baabul. They adored him in Baghbaan even more where he played an estranged father to the children that considered him and his wife a burden. We saw him as a loving father in Waqt who turns strict when he knew death could take him away from his family anytime.

Going bold
So you thought, you could never see him on screen romancing a girl of his grand daughter's age. You knew you were wrong when you saw him opposite Jiah Khan in Ram Gopal Varma's Nishabd. Despite facing criticism from a certain section of audience, Big B went ahead and signed on another bold film Cheeni Kum that paired him opposite Tabu. Despite playing an old character, not even for a moment Amitabh seemed incompatible to Tabu who plays a 30 something in the movie. And who can forget the 'Sexy Sam' of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.

From Jai to Gabbar
Though Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag tanked, but Amitabh got his deam role Gabbar (Babban) to play in the film. He had played the unforgettable role of Jai in the original version of the film - Sholay in 70s. He played the role of Babban in his own style.

Be it the role of ghost (Bhootnath) or a God (God Tussi Great Ho), he has played it all.

Amitabh Tussi Great Ho!