On Superstar Amitabh Bachchan's 47th Bollywood Anniversary, Here Are 47 Of His Best Roles

Amitabh Bachchan has hit another landmark in Bollywood and here are the films which paved the way, from Saat Hindustani to Pink

Bollywood is a revolving door with actors going in and out of favour every day. However, there is one name which has stayed relevant over the past five decades and become synonymous with the Hindi film industry -- Amitabh Bachchan. The actor completed 47 years in Bollywood yesterday, and he announced the news via his social media account in the best way possible - by showcasing pics from his fan meets outside his house.


Commemorating this special occasion, let’s take a glance at 47 on his most popular movies over these years. Check it out:

Saat Hindustani (1969)
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Amitabh made his debut with the character of Anwar Ali and was awarded the National Film Award for best newcomer. The film portrays the heroic story of seven Indians who attempt to liberate Goa from the Portuguese colonial rule. Big B plays one of these seven people.

Anand (1972)
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Amitabh played Dr. Bhaskar Banerjee aka Babu Moshaye and was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Big B plays the lovable character of a doctor who gets emotionally attached to a terminally ill yet full-of-life patient.

Bombay To Goa (1972)
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Amitabh played the character of Ravi Kumar, a Bombay boy trying to woo his ladylove on this journey to Goa.

Zanjeer (1973)
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Amitabh's turn as inspector Vijay Khanna, was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor trophy and also earned him the moniker, 'Angry Young Man'. The name stuck to him for the rest of his filmy career.

Abhimaan (1973)
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Amitabh and soon-to-be wife Jaya Bhaduri collaborated on this film. Amitabh played Subir Kumar, a popular singer who discovers the singing talent of a village belle and then turns her into a singing star.

Namak Haram (1973)
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Vikram Maharaj aka Vicky is a spoilt brat, a rich man-child who has to grapple with the rising union movement to save his business. Amitabh's drunken antics remain popular cinematic gems to date.

Deewar (1975)
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Amitabh played the character of Vijay Varma and was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He played a working class man who turns to crime. Plus this film had the most famous 'maa' and 'baap' references in Bollywood history.

Sholay (1975)
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Amitabh played the character of Jaidev aka Jai, a local goon with a heart of gold in the film. An honest police officer trusts him with the job of hunting a dreaded dacoit.

Chupke Chupke (1975)
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Amitabh forayed into comedy with the character of Sukumar Sinha. The star cast including Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore and Jaya Bhaduri, gave us an evergreen hit.

Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
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Amitabh essayed the role of Amitabh Malhotra and was nominated for the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor. One of the most complicated love stories to have ever come out of Bollywood, it had Big B at the centre of it all.

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
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Amitabh is Anthony Gonzalves in this story of three brothers who are separated during childhood, only to reunite much later as three individuals from three different religions.

Kasme Vaade (1978)
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Amitabh dabbled in a double role in the film. He portrays the characters of Amit, who is a professor at a reputed college, but gets killed during a college brawl. The film looked at the complex world of college politics.

Trishul (1978)
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Amitabh played the character of Vijay Kumar whose life revolves around taking revenge from his own father, who left him and his mother for a rich woman.

Don (1978)
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Amitabh was seen in a double role, yet again. He portrays the characters of Don and Vijay. After the most dreaded urban criminal dies in an accident, the police replaces him with a bumbling bumpkin, Vijay, a lookalike. Hilarity, romance, drama and action ensues.

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978)
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Amitabh played Sikandar, a city guy who is troubled by certain things in life. How he manages to overcome the obstacles and eventually find his lost parents, forms the crux of the story.

Mr. Natwarlal (1979)
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Amitabh played the character of Natwar Singh aka Mr. Natwarlal. The story is a revenge drama with Big B at the centre of it all. He was nominated at the Filmfare Award for the Best Actor and Best Male Playback Singer.

Kaala Patthar (1979)
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Amitabh portrayal of Vijay Pal Singh, a disgraced Merchant Navy captain who is branded a coward, humiliated by society and disowned by his parents for abandoning his ship risking the lives of over 300 passengers won him a lot of accolades. As expected, Big B was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Dostana (1980)
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Dostana is about a love triangle destroying individual. Big B’s act of Vijay Varma was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Shaan (1980)
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Amitabh played the character for Vijay Kumar, one of the two brothers of a famous police inspector. The two are vagabonds in life and only attain their senses once their brother, the police inspector, is murdered. The rest of the story revolves around how they avenge his death.

Yaarana (1981)
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Amitabh played the character of Kishan Kumar, a village boy who is brought to the town by his friend, and made into a famous singer. The more he becomes famous the further away he starts going from his good friend.

Laawaris (1981)
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Amitabh essayed the role of Heera, an orphan who is on the lookout of his biological father, just to know why he left his mother high and dry. Big B was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Silsila (1981)
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Amitabh’s portrayal of Amit Malhotra, a married guy who is unable to stop his growing feeling for another woman is an iconic one. No wonder, Big B was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for the film.

Kaalia (1981)
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Amitabh played the dual characters of Kallu who later transforms into Kaalia. Kallu is a village boy who doesn't know how the world works. When his brother is killed is a scuffle, and he is incriminated for the same, he transforms during his jail time. He comes back to take revenge as Kaalia.

Satte Pe Satta (1982)
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Amitabh played double roles again. He portrayed the characters of Ravi Anand, a lovable elder brother, and Babu, a jail-returned goon who is on the lurk to murder Ravi with equal finesse.

Namak Halaal (1982)
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Amitabh as Arjun Singh, a funny hotel waiter, who helps the hotel owner fight out the goons trying to kill him was hilarious. 

Shakti (1982)
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Amitabh played the character of Vijay Kumar. The story focuses on the troubled relationship between a father and his son, Big B playing the son.

Nastik (1983)
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Amitabh essayed the role of Shankar, an aethist. How things pan out, which lead to him becoming a follower of God formulates the rest of the story.

Coolie (1983)
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Amitabh played the memorable character of Iqbal A Khan, a railway coolie, who stands up and fights for the rights of his brethren. Big B got grievously injured while shooting for this, and had to be admitted to the hospital.

Sharaabi (1984)
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Amitabh played the character of Vicky Kapoor, a guy for whom drinking is more than a hobby - it's a way of life. How he manages to come out of the evil is what the story is all about. Big B was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

Mard (1985)
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Amitabh played the role of Raju, a village tanga rider. The story is set in the British era.

Aakhree Raasta (1986)
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Amitabh played double roles of father and son. He portrayed the character of David D'Costa, a man whose wife is raped and murdered. He is out seeking revenge. Stopping him is his son Vijay Sandaliya who is the police inspector handling the case.

Shahenshah (1988)
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Amitabh played dual characters of Inspector Vijay Kumar Srivastav, who was helpless at the hands of law, but when he turns into Shahenshah, he begins standing up against what's wrong in the society.

Agneepath (1990)
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Amitabh played the character of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, a small town boy from Mandwa who gets into the world of crime in order to take revenge of his father's murder. He got nominated for the Filmfare Award of Best Actor, and won the National Film Award for Best Actor for the film.

Hum (1991)
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Venturing into double roles again, Amitabh portrayed the character of Tiger and Shekhar Malhotra. The film is a revenge drama with Amitabh's characters at the helm of it all.

Mohabbatein (2000)
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Amitabh played the character of Narayan Shankar, a stubborn school principal who is against the idea of students falling in love in his campus.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)
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Amitabh played the character of Yashwardhan Raichand aka Yash, a stoic father who forces his son to leave the house just because he falls in love with a girl who is way below their social standards.

Aankhen (2002)
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Amitabh played the character of Vijay Rajput Singh, a bank manager who was thrown out for his eccentric behaviour. Infuriated he hires three blind men to rib the same bank. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film.

Baghban (2003)
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Amitabh and Hema Malini play parents to three sons who fail to reciprocate their love when they separately live with them. His plight as Raj Malhotra are heart-wrenching.

Black (2005)
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Amitabh played the character of Debraj Sahai, a life coach for a deaf and dumb girl. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor, the Filmfare Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for this one.

Waqt (2005)
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Amitabh played the character of Ishwarchand Thakur, a terminally ill father, who wants to bring his vagabond son back to the correct path before he dies.

Bunty Aur Bubli (2005)
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Amitabh played the character of DCP Dashrath Singh who is on the lookout for two local thugs. He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Sarkar (2005)
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Amitabh played the character of Subhash Nagre aka Sarkar. Big B played the character which was inspired from Marlon Brando's character, The Godfather.

Cheeni Kum (2007)
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Amitabh played the character of Buddhadev Gupta, a 64-year-old world renowned chef, who falls in love with a 34-year-old girl. Trouble brews when the girl's father refuses to accept their love.

Paa (2009)
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Amitabh played the character of Auro, a 12-year-old boy who is diagnosed with Progeria, and how he manages to get his biological father and mother together in a marriage alliance. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Actor for this.

Shamitabh (2015)
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Amitabh played the character of Amitabh Sinha -  junior artiste who has a great voice but never got his due - all thanks to his drinking problem.

Piku (2015)
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Amitabh’s portrayal of Bhashkor Banerjee, a Bengali oldie who is perennially troubled by his bowel movements, was appreciated by audience and critics alike.

Pink (2016)
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Amitabh played the character of Deepak Sehgal, a retired lawyer, who revokes his retirement and comes back to save the lives of three innocent girls in a molestation case. Most probably Big B will sweep off a lot of awards at the award functions in the coming year.


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