The most important larger than life character the Big B plays is of being the evergreen Superstar of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan. Apart from wide variety of roles played on screen, he is very popular for hosting KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati), which was also a great come back for him. His slender tall frame, baritone voice which could put life into dialogues and intense acting made his characters not only believable, but real for fans. They laughed and cried with the characters. Here is a list of 6 larger-than-life characters played by Amitabh Bachchan, which endeared him to the heart of bollywood fans.
It was the role of Vijay Khanna in Zanjeer that gave him the image of ‘Angry Young Man’ in 1973 for deftly reflecting the anger of common people against corruption and rising violence. The movie also launched the trend of action movies in Bollywood. There is no other actor who has played the role of an honest inspector who had courage to fight societal evil, while not compromising on his own moral principles than Amitabh in Zanjeer.
Amitabh Bachchan shined in the role of a dashing, confident young man, who takes pride in his work. Due to his popularity, he is considered the leader of the local coolies and fights for their rights. His role of the common working class man who takes on the rich, touched the hearts of millions of movie goers. The movie was also known for the life threatening accident Amitabh had while shooting, which almost cost him his life. The poor man’s voice in the excellent dialogues and booming voice of Amitabh entertained people to the fullest.
Amitabh played memorable dual roles in the movie, which had excellent music, story and direction to back him up. He excelled both as the most wanted criminal don who the police fail to nab once and again, and also as a simpleton Vijay who is caught in the drama for being a look alike of don. There was no other actor who could create such a screen presence for the character like Amitabh did.
Film: Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
Sikandar was the conqueror of his own destiny who despite being orphaned and abused in childhood, struggles to come up triumphant through hard work and dedication. He amasses wealth by turning in smuggled goods to the police and receiving the reward payouts. The character jerked out more tears than any other Amitabh’s character as he sacrifices everything in the end, even his life for happiness of others.
Amitabh Bachchan won a well deserved national award for his sterling portrayal of 36 year old gangster with a drawling, raspy voice and stylish gait and big attitude. The character shows how circumstances can change a morally upright person to walk on the path of crime. Though a box office flops initially, the character has gathered cult following ever since. Many film-makers have tried to re-create the magic of the film with the character of a small time criminal who eliminates greater crime sharks and to work way up the echelons of crime to become God-Father; but, they have failed. The charisma lent by Amitabh could not be imitated by anyone.
Vijay Verma the criminal further glorified the angry young man image of Amitabh Bachchan, which was created in Zanjeer. Struggling with unfortunate events of life, Vijay goes In the process of fighting for his rights and well being of his family. He starts out as a boot polisher as a child, becomes a dockyard worker in his youth, and ends up as a smuggler and a leading figure of the underworld in his adulthood. He fails to realize that the path he is walking is taking him away from the very own people for whom he treaded it in the first place. One of the best performances by the Amitabh Bachchan for which he will be remembered by Bollywood fans forever.