Before The Big Bull, revisit Abhishek Bachchan’s filmography in search of probable and unlikely gems
Abhishek Bachchan is one of those actors who has always presented himself as a sincere artist. Not all of Junior Bachchan’s performances may have hit the mark, but they certainly managed to have some impact, and that’s a lot more than what can be said about many of the artists working today. ‘hui. What has eclipsed his acting and the effort he devotes to it is the lineage from which he comes. Because if you are the son of a superstar, you will always be measured against them, and the superstar and the effect of Amitabh Bachchan is such that only a handful of personalities working in the film industry can claim to have this. same type of connection with the public.
Being Junior Bachchan has its pros and cons, just like anything in the world. However, Abhishek has always been gracious about comparisons and fan expectations on and on camera. But that’s a topic for another article, here we’ll take a quick look at some of Abhishek Bachchan’s most memorable and charismatic performances.
In Mani Ratnam’s ambitious, messy but observable Yuva, Abhishek dons the swagger of Lallan Singh. A little moron who wants to rule the country, or at least his city. Abhishek carried Lallan’s confidence with charming ease. Lallan was someone who was passionate and dreamed of big dreams but had no idea how he could make them come true. This unique blend of unease and dignity was something the actor easily possessed. Despite being a multi-star, Abhishek managed to find his own place in the sun, a laudable achievement for someone who only had a few movies at the time. Ajay Devgn, Esha Deol, Rani Mukerji, Vivek Oberoi and Kareena Kapoor were also present.
Phir Milenge (2004)
That same year, Abhishek was seen in an entirely different role, that of a lawyer fighting for a client with AIDS (played wonderfully by Shilpa Shetty). Led by Revathi, Phir Milenge also saw Salman Khan in an extended cameo. Now, I’m aware it’s a nearly forgotten movie unless someone brings up its songs in a chat, but Phir Milenge (inspired by Philadelphia in Hollywood) was ahead of its time. It was a subtle, nuanced and heartbreaking film about love and equality. Abhishek as Shilpa’s lawyer friend was believable – funny, serious and whatever you needed.
Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
In his next one the following year, Bachchan shone as the crook Bunty, who was lovable, intelligent, and emotional. The actor had electrical chemistry with his co-star Rani Mukerji. The songs were fantastic, as were the antics the duo indulged in in director Shaad Ali. And of course a special mention for Junior B’s performance in Gulzar’s iconic “Kajra Re”, the actor got my full attention despite the astonishing Aishwarya and the incomparable Amitabh swaying to the beat of the music.
Yet another underrated film in Bachchan’s filmography. Completely entertaining driving with predictable and unpredictable twists and turns. The Rohan Sippy movie even featured a song in Abhishek’s voice – “Right Here, Right Now”. Also of note is Abhishek’s “jugalbandi” with his co-star and close friend Riteish Deshmukh.
Mani Ratnam and Abhishek collaborated once again, this time on a film believed to have been inspired by the life and times of businessman Dhirubhai Ambani. As Gurukant Desai, Abhishek and Mani breathed new life into the familiar rags to riches story told so often in Hindi cinema and made it extremely watchable. What also helped the case was its cast, backed by Aishwarya Rai, R Madhavan and Vidya Balan.
Abhishek underwent a transformation in the film that was as much physical as it was emotional. From an ambitious, somewhat uncertain man to a more cool and collected personality, the actor displayed varying undertones of Gurukant Desai in the two-and-a-half-hour film.
I know this is a director of R Balki in which largely people praised the performance of Amitabh Bachchan and his camaraderie with the versatile Vidya Balan, but Abhishek, once again, showed that despite the time d ‘screen limited, he could do wonders with a small role too. The actor gave the father figure so much character that he tried it out in the film – confused, excited, sincere; Abhishek as a young politician was the epitome of the largely white pajamas he wore in the film – clean and enigmatic.
Hailed by many as his ‘comeback’ film, Abhishek Bachchan was rooted in the comeback of the mature and understanding ‘vilayat’. Robbie did not wear a turban outside of his country, but he did wear one in India as a sign of respect for his parents. Robbie was patient, ready to give his partner time to accept him, he was even ready to come out of the relationship when he felt he had been taken for a ride. Robbie perfectly summed up the modern man who did not believe in giving up his values. This maddening feeling of patience and wisdom was something Abhishek convincingly managed to squeeze out of him. His performance in the song “Hallaa” is something I can’t forget – Robbie was not only drunk on the song, but in pain of losing his well-placed confidence.
Honorable mentions: Run, Ludo.
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