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Home / Fashion and Trends / Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: From Shahenshah to Gulabo Sitabo, here are Big B’s most unrecognisable onscreen avatars

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: From Shahenshah to Gulabo Sitabo, here are Big B’s most unrecognisable onscreen avatars

Happy Birthday Big B: Amitabh Bachchan is one of the greatest and most versatile actors and several of his filmy avatars continue to inspire looks in Bollywood movies till date. His transformation in Paa, his silver fox look in Shahenshah and his look in Gulabo Sitabo saw Big B transform into unrecognisable characters.

fashion-and-trends Updated: Oct 11, 2020, 08:55 IST
Alfea Jamal
Alfea Jamal
Hindustan Times, Delhi
Amitabh Bachchan in Paa, Shaheshah and 102 Not Out.
Amitabh Bachchan in Paa, Shaheshah and 102 Not Out.(Movie stills)

Amitabh Bachchan, also known as Big B and the ‘Shahenshah’ (1988) of Bollywood is turning 78 today, and has been a part of the film fraternity for over fifty years, having worked in more than 200 films. Amitabh was born Inquilaab Srivastava in Allahabad in 1942 to Teji Bachchan, a social activist and Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a poet. His name was later changed at the suggestion of poet Sumitranandan Pant. Since Amitabh’s father was against the caste system, they changed their last name to Bachchan, which means childlike. Amitabh forayed into Bollywood in the 1970s and soon gained popularity for movies like Zanjeer, Deewaar and Sholay. Since then the actor has worked in Hollywood, done film production, tried his hand at playback singing and narration, is a television host (Kaun Banega Crorepati) and a former politician.

It was Amitabh’s serious portrayal in many of his earlier films that landed him the title of India’s “angry young man”. He has won several awards over the course of his career including four National Film Awards as Best Actor and the Dadasaheb Phalke Lifetime Achievement Award, the Padma Shri (1984), the Padma Bhushan (2001) and the Padma Vibhushan (2015). In 2007 he also received the highest civilian honour of France, the Knight of the Legion of Honour, for his cinema career.

Amitabh is one of the greatest and most versatile actors and several of his filmy avatars continue to inspire looks in Bollywood movies till date. His transformation in Paa, where he portrayed a child suffering from progeria, is said to have taken several hours to complete. His silver fox look in Shahenshah as well as his light-up suit in the song Saara Zamana (from his movie Yarana) inspire cinema and pop culture till date. His most recent offering, Gulabo Sitabo alongside Ayushmann Khurrana also saw Big B transform into an unrecognisable character. Let’s take a look at some of Sr Bachchan’s best onscreen transformations, read on:

Amitabh Bachchan in
Amitabh Bachchan in ( Movie still )
Amitabh Bachchan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsy.
Amitabh Bachchan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsy. ( Movie still )
Amitabh Bachchan in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.
Amitabh Bachchan in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. ( Movie still )
Amitabh Bachchan in 102 Not Out.
Amitabh Bachchan in 102 Not Out. ( Movie Still )
Amitabh Bachchan in Gulabo Sitabo.
Amitabh Bachchan in Gulabo Sitabo. ( Movie still )
Amitabh Bachchan in Shahenshah.
Amitabh Bachchan in Shahenshah. ( Twitter )
 

In August, Amitabh as well as son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya were all diagnosed with the coronavirus, fortunately they are all okay now. Here’s wishing the cinematic legend a Happy Birthday and the best of health.

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