In a career spanning over 4 decades, Amitabh Bachchan has worked in more than 150 movies. And while most of his films are epics, we have chosen some of his best movies and added most popular scenes from them in this article. Be it comedy, romance or drama, Big B excels in almost everything. Read on...
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
As a heavily drunk Bachchan rants to his reflection in the mirror about how if he weren't drunk the “jadiya” (fatso) wouldn't have been able to hit him, we can't help but get amused as he puts medicine and bandages to his mirror.
It was the biggest blockbuster of its time and won several Filmfare awards including a very well deserved Best actor Amitabh Bachchan. He played the adorable Anthony Gonsalves with aplomb and displayed such fine comic timing that it is impossible not to break into a chuckle whenever he appears onscreen in this multi starrer masala flick.
Scene 1: In this scene Bachchan refuses to sign a piece of paper and justifies his doing so. But the result of it all is that his beloved mom (Nirupa Roy) chooses to walk out of his home along with her cop son.
Scene 2: And this scene from the film will go down in the history of Bollywood as having the best confrontation scene between two brothers. 'Mere pass maa hai' says it all.
While Big B plays the angry young man to the hilt in this one, we can't help but also admire a heavily underrated Shashi Kapoor who lends all the support he can to both these melodramatic scenes. We have chosen two scenes here to sum up the essence of the film as Deewaar wouldn't be even half of what it is, if it weren't for these iconic scenes.
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
When two of Sikandar's beloveds die, his world is shattered. While Rekha's Zorabai dies in Bachchan's arms, his mentor Baba (Kader Khan) is also already no more as a grief stricken Sikandar goes to him to share his sorrow. A very emotional Bollywood scene that is sure to leave one moist eyed.
This film is the modern version of Devdas with the typical 70s masala. A must watch for every Big B fan, it is laced with amazing songs and some highly dramatic moments.
This is one of the funniest movie scenes in this cult classic. When Jai (Bachchan) takes Veeru's (Dharmendra) marriage proposal for Basanti (Hema Malini) to Basanti's mausi (Leela Mishra), he very smartly starts saying bad things about his best friend in a sugary sweet coated language. The end result however is that Mausi (aunty) swears that Basanti will never marry Veeru. Of course, he didn't mean it but we loved every minute of it.
What can we say, iconic dialogues, iconic characters and one hell of an entertainer!
As Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor are enjoying a meal in a posh cafe, a beautiful car enters the scene. Driving the car is Bindiya Goswami, who also enters the cafe after parking the car. And while Big B is all praise for the car, Kapoor is going gaga about the woman's beauty!
One of the biggest multi-starrers of its time, Shaan is definitely one of the best Hindi films of the 80s and is way ahead of its times. Though the film didn't do well at the box-office, this modern rehash of Sholay is immensely likable.
The best scene of Anand was saved for the climax. When Anand (Rajesh Khanna) passes away and his “Babu Moshai” (Bachchan) pleads him to talk to him like he used to suddenly a tape recorder plays one of their interactions with each other. A truly amazing and heart-touching scene ever in Hindi movies.
Even though Bachchan was pitted against his biggest rival at that time in this beautiful film of a free spirited happy-go-lucky cancer patient, he held his own. In some scenes Khanna literally ate him up alive but it is in the climax of the movie that Big B shows us what an amazing actor he is.
Namak Halaal (1982)
In this insanely funny movie scene, Amitabh Bachchan is seen in a battle of sorts with a “makhi” (housefly) and in the process he causes quite a lot of damage to whoever on whom he sees it. But, towards the end of the scene, in an irony of sorts, the fly rests on Big B's nose and Shashi Kapoor has the opportunity to battle it!
Namak Halaal is truly one of the best Hindi comedies and has Bachchan at his comical best. As the extremely loyal Arjun Singh who is willing to do anything for his “maalik” (master) Shashi Kapoor, Big B shines and is funny, emotional, romantic and full of surprises in the film.
In order to collect money to marry his beloved Phoolbano and save the money he is giving to the widowed woman Maajobi (Nutan), who helps him make guud (jaggery), Big B in a sly move proposes marriage to her. He butters her up in such a way that the simple woman, played by Nutan, falls hook, line and sinker for his charms.
An unknown gem from the vast treasury of Bachchan, Saudagar is a Muslim social drama and shows how a sly man in order to achieve whatever he wants can do just about anything including breaking a woman's heart. But the movie has quite a twist to it and those of you who watch it won't be disappointed.
After he kills his mother's (Rakhee) murderer (Amrish Puri) at the airport, Amitabh Bachchan runs for his life as his cop father, (Dilip Kumar) chases him in the backdrop of aeroplanes. What a chase sequence! And when the father shoots the son, the scene between the dying son and father who finally reconcile, is nothing short of a fabulous cinematic experience.
Shakti brings together for the first and last time acting legends Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan and that is reason enough for us to see this masterpiece again and again.
Kabhi Kabhie (1976)
Scene 1: When long lost lovers (Big B and Rakhee) meet and talk about their life in general, they are interrupted by the woman's husband (Shashi Kapoor). A very well enacted scene and indeed very emotional.
Scene 2: The husband (Shashi Kapoor) praises his wife (Rakhee) and says he is proud of her past lover (Amitabh Bachchan), it is indeed one of the most mature scenes to ever come out of a Bollywood film. But Bachchan in his deep baritone voice takes over and tells Kapoor that he never understood anything, “Daag daaman mei nahi dil pe liya hai maine!” Epic stuff.
Kabhi Kabhie has love stories spanning across two generations and is a must watch for all romantics.
Note: The movies are ordered randomly, not by populairty.