Aamir Khan, who shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in Thugs of Hindostan said, “I think the superstardom of Amitabh Bachchan can’t be re-created. It is so unique, the charisma he has….” And that is actually true Amitabh Bachchan is probably the biggest superstar India has ever seen and there can’t be anyone who can even reach the kind of stardom he has seen let alone surpassing it. Today the legend, the ‘Mahanayak’, the ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood turns 77. Such is his aura that a full fledged book can be written on it. He was one of the first to have a perfect combination of great acting ability and the starry charisma. In his hey days he was the angry young man of Hindi film industry as he’d like to address it. From Zanjeer his first big blockbuster to iconic Sholay and Deewar, from the cult Amar Akbar Anthony to gritty Kaala Patthar and romantic drama Kabhi Kabhi, he excelled it all.
He became the epitome of the rebellious young man who had been wronged by the authority and that resonated with the movie watching audience. His glory stayed with him for over fifteen years with a few hiccups in between. But in early 90s it all slipped away. He tried to make various comebacks during that time but all fell flat. When all the doors were closed he then reinvented himself and became the first superstar to be on TV as the host of Kaun Banega Crorepati. And since then there’s no looking back for him. At the age of 77 he is one of highest paid as well as the busiest actors of Hindi film industry.
And among other things, one thing that he has never shied away from is experiment and that urge to always go for something new. One thing that went in his favour and made him the megastar he is was the fact that he was the master of disguise. He played various characters in varied genres and made it believable.
Here are few of the various iconic looks donned by Amitabh Bachchan that helped made him the legend he is today…
Thugs Of Hindostan
Satte Pe Satta
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
102 Not Out
Here’s wishing Amitabh Bachchan a very, very happy birthday!
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