8 Times Amitabh Bachchan Proved That He Is The King Of Offbeat Roles
Posted On 3rd February, 2017 @ 11:03 am by Debanjan Dhar

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Amitabh Bachchan has earned his legendary status with a lifetime of exemplary work. He has made an indelible mark in our hearts and minds with his overshadowing screen presence, his Godlike voice, the angry young man persona of the yesteryear and of course, the salt and peppered, worldly wise image of the present day. However, throughout his illustrious career as a mainstream phenomenon, every now and then, Bachchan has won us over with his sheer versatility in offbeat roles that not many actors of his stature would even dare to play. Here are a few examples:

 

1.  Vijay – Nishabd (2007)

 

 

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Of all the strong and bold characters Bachchan has played with the name Vijay, this has been the boldest. Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, Nishabd was the story of a middle-aged man falling for his daughter’s friend, and losing his family in the process. A touchy and sensitive subject, the Indian drawing room was definitely not ready to see Amitabh Bachchan in such a controversial character.

 

2. Inspector Manu Verma – Aks (2001)

 

 

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Bollywood doesn’t really have much credibility with complicated genres such as supernatural thrillers, but Rakesh Omprakash Mehra nailed it in his directorial debut with Aks. Bachchan essayed the role of a middle-aged police officer, in chase of a shadowy killer, Raghavan (played by Manoj Bajpai). Inspector Manu Verma finally catches hold of Raghavan and the killer is sentenced to death. However, soon after his execution, his spirit possesses Manu Verma and forces him to finish his job. A scintillating performance by Bachchan kept everyone at the edge of their seats, and although the film didn’t see Box Office success, it was much appreciated by critics. Also, in case you didn’t know, it was after Aks that Bachchan decided to keep his famous French beard permanently.

 

3. Amitabh Sinha – Shamitabh (2015)

 

 

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One of the recent works of Bachchan with co-star Dhanush, another powerhouse actor who deserves his own listicle on the internet, Shamitabh has a winning script and gripping narrative. Bachchan’s performance, as usual, was stellar throughout the film, but the best scene (we think) of his career was of him talking to a life-size poster of Robert De Niro stuck on a bus. Amitabh Sinha, a man who couldn’t get recognition for his talent, pours his heart out in front of a picture of one of the greatest artists in the world – it’s intense and packed with drama. At the same time, you can’t help but imagine what would it be like had Bachchan and De Niro shared the screen together.

 

4. Harish Mishra – The Last Lear (2007)

 

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Directed by 11-time National Award-winner, Rituparno Ghosh, The Last Lear is one of the finest arthouse movies that Amitabh Bachchan has acted in. Playing Harish Mishra, an eccentric thespian who suddenly quit the theater after a career of 30 years, Bachchan brought in his own dynamics to the already solid author-backed role. Quoting Shakespeare, condemning modern cinema, breaking out into brilliant dramatic performances...Bachchan was an absolute treat to watch in this National Award winning movie.

 

5. Bhaskhkor Banerjee – Piku (2015)

 

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Director Shoojit Sircar must have great narration skills because there’s no other way he could have convinced someone as big as Amitabh Bachchan for this role. Bhashkor Banerjee was undoubtedly the most loved old man of 2015, with his Bengali elitism, snide remarks, his love for his daughter and of course, his perpetual constipation. A man reaching a resolution to every conflict in his life by finally relieving himself of his constipation, and this whole ordeal being endearing – only Amitabh Bachchan could have pulled it off.

 

6. Bade Mia – Boom (2003)

 

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Kaizad Gustad’s Boom was a forbidden movie for those growing up during the early 2000s. Years later, when we actually watched it, it didn’t take us long to realise that it was a film way ahead of its time. Although the movie was studded with some of the finest actors from the industry, the biggest attraction was none other than Big B, playing an edgy, dark and mysterious gang-lord, Bade Mia.

 

7. Auro – Paa (2009)

 

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Before Shamitabh, director R. Balki had roped in Amitabh Bachchan for another unusual role for Paa, which went on to become one of the most experimental roles played by Bachchan. Playing a 12-year-old boy suffering from a rare genetic disorder called progeria, Bachchan was incredible with his dialogue delivery, body language and nuances of a child when he was actually 66 himself. An unbelievable performance, reversing roles by playing Abhishek Bachchan’s son, Bachchan proved that there’s nobody in the industry who comes anywhere close to his acting prowess.

 

8. Deepak Sehgal – Pink (2016)

 

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Probably the best movie of 2016, Pink, directed by Shoojit Sircar and Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, had Amitabh Bachchan in one of his most inspiring characters ever. Bachchan had played the heroic saviour on many occasions, but what made this one offbeat was the fantastic sketching of his character. A silent, brooding lawyer who had retired years ago, makes a comeback to the court to stand up for three young women and fight a valiant fight for their case, baring the double-standards of patriarchy with every single word he spoke – Bachchan was definitely at his best.

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