the second installment of our feature articles honoring fathers in
Bollywood, BollyCurry brings to you another talented actor who has
seen portraying various father figure roles on the big screen in different shades. We're talking
about none other than the Big B, Amitabh Bachchan
in the film industry since 1969, Bachchan has acted in over 180 films and was famously known as the "angry young man" of
Bollywood until he started playing more mature roles by appearing
on-screen as a father.
first role as a father was in the 2000 romantic drama Mohabbatein
as Narayan Shankar, a strict and stern headmaster but a loving father to his daughter Megha (Aishwarya Rai
He was a man of staunch principles who did not entertain changes and
believed that love brings only pain; Megha committed suicide
because he expelled Megha's lover, Raj (Shah Rukh Khan
), without seeing
his face or even talking to him. Bachchan carried on his image of a principled father in Karan Johar
's family melodrama Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
where he played the role of a man who insisted on controlling the
lives of his wife and sons. His beliefs eventually broke his once happy
family into pieces. These two blockbusters, along with the
semi-hit Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love
(2001), proved that the angry young man of Bollywood can carry on a
fatherly role with ease.
following year, in 2003, Big B starred in Ravi Chopra
and critically acclaimed Baghban
where he played the abused father. The film is about Raj Malhotra
(Bachchan), his wife Pooja (Hema Malini
and their four sons. The two
parents raised their children with love, care and affection but
everything changed when Raj retired from his bank job and needed
support of his sons. His sons separate the two parents and and we
witness one son neglecting his Raj. Bachchan excelled in this role and
brought many tears to our eyes
whenever we saw him hurt or attempting to hide his pain.
In 2004, Big B starred in Aetbaar
and portrayed the role of a protective father who loves his daughter
) immensely. Aetbaar
is about Riya (Basu), daughter of Dr. Ranveer (Bachchan), who falls in
love with Aryan (John Abraham
) - a psychotic young man who killed his
own father. Ignoring her father's concern,
Riya starts dating Aryan but soon comes upon the real face of
Aryan. When Aryan threatens to kill her, Riya is rescued by Dr. Ranver
who kills Aryan while protecting his daughter.
but not the least, Big B appeared as the cool daddy in Karan Johar
Alvida Na Kehna
(2006). In this romantic drama, Bachchan surprised the audience
portraying the role of Sam, a fun-loving father who flirts with all kind of women; he defends his activities by
stating that he is only fulfilling a promise made to his late wife - that he must do everything now that
he wasn't allowed to do while they were married. For this different
kind of role, Bachchan won a Filmfare award for Best Supporting Actor.
thanks Amitabh Bachchan for his amazing work thus far. We hope he had a great Father's Day and that he
continues to bring to light the wonderful emotions of a father.
Writer: Alina S.
Editors: Shreya S. and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Gurprit K.
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