Now that last night's party ended well into the early hours of the morning, Mr. Bachchan must be either fast asleep or unwrapping his gifts; however, while the number can keep on increasing, we know that Amitabh Bachchan will or must have woken up th
According to custom, his fans would have gathered outside his house, waiting to get a glimpse of the birthday boy. Nevertheless, while numerous people will wish the star for the years that lie ahead, he is likely to take pride and joy in looking back at the journey he began 70 years back.
In the few moments of solitude that he can find himself, he would remember the many couplets penned by his father, probably read out loud at different times of the day and that due to their recitations, as an actor, he achieved a thunderous conviction in his dialogue delivery. Indeed, he debuted by lending his voice for Mrinal Sen’s film Bhuvam Shome in 1969.
Besides, he may shudder to think about his first big success alongside a close colleague, Rajesh Khanna who passed away recently. He did start off well, with Anand building him up as an actor, but then the films done between 71 and 73 did not satisfy the audience; the political weather had begun to get unpleasant, they needed a character that mirrored their emotions. In 1973, Prakash Mehra gave them what they wanted, in Zanjeer the audience was introduced to Amitabh Bachchan in his new avatar, as the “angry young man”. They loved it.
He kept on shuffling between many genres, the films like Namak Haram, Sholay, Chupke Chupke and Amar Akbar Anthony; all highlighted his versatility as an actor. He always gave his best in every film, there came a time when it seemed as if the industry survived on him. In 1982, he shot for the film Coolie in which he met with an accident; as we all know, the accident was life threatening but even after recovery it made him a pessimist. He walked out on the films and entered politics, he was only to return onscreen in 1996.
Back on the sets, Big B tried to work up the same magic but in his time away, a lot had changed. Trust Mr. Bachchan for taking the cue instantly, he got the audience back to the theatres; the film Mohabbatein marked his return. Alongside, he hosted the show Kaun Banega Crorepati, finding a way back into the hearts of old and new audiences; with the help of television he became a guest in every Indian household.
Amitabh Bachchan was back, while Baghban brought tears to our eyes, Aks and Black allowed him to experiment with his newfound persona. Sarkar, a tribute to the Godfather series, also flourished in the box office, forcing the producers to come out with the sequel. Over and above all of this, his voice has been invaluable to many filmmakers; Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray and Luc Jacquet to name a few, have made the utmost use of his deep, baritone voice.
Today Big B, sits on a pedestal that is still a summit away for the Khan’s and other youngsters, from the “Angry Young man” to “Sexy Sam”, “Bhootnath” and “Sarkar”, Mr. Bachchan has made it big, but hasn’t stopped making it bigger.