BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Amitabh Bachchan’s 10 Rock Solid Performances In His 'Second Innings'

On Big B’s 74th birthday, we list town 10 such power packed performances which established his unforgettable comeback!

Amitabh Bachchan came out as the biggest superstar in the 1970s-1980s. However, even after attaining such startling greats, he couldn't sustain the same star power in the 1990s. So much so, that he quit acting and didn't come out with a release for 5 years. Insaniyat was his last release in 1994.

Fighting against the destiny and staying true to his passion for acting, Amitabh Bachchan swung back in action in 2000.

His lifeline was television quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati. This also opened Bollywood’s gate for him yet again. He returned, albeit not as the main romantic lead. His career took a complete U-turn and he once again grew to attain peak of stardom.

Today, on his 74th birthday, let's have a look at his second innings, which made him an even bigger star. Check it out:

Mohabbatein (2000)
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Who can forget the super-strict Gurukul principal Narayan Shankar! Generations of school students were left terrified at Big B's superb portrayal in this film. What a fantastic opening to his second innings!

Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
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The character of Yashwardhan Raichand couldn't have been portrayed by anyone other than Big B. Amitabh Bachchan portrayed the character of a rich stoic father who didn’t approve of his son falling in love with a girl below his social status. Big B pulled it off with much required elegance and class.

Baghban (2003)
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Based on a popular novel, this movie gave the younger generation something to ponder over - When our parents can take care of us in our childhood days, why can't we take care of them in their old age? Amitabh as the loving father, Raj Malhotra, was unmatchable. Amitabh re-united with Hema Malini on-screen after a long time in this film.

Black (2005)
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Amitabh rates this film higher than all the films in his career, and it is worthy of that. Big B's portrayal of Debraj Sahai, a mentor to a deaf dumb and blind girl who helps her to clear the graduation exam, was stupendous.

Waqt (2005)
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He had played a father a before, but this was strikingly different. Big B as a cancer patient Ishwarchand Thakur is the most living father ever. However, in order to teach his vagabond son some social responsibility, he throws him out of his house.

Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
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Father-son duo-Amitabh and Abhishek came together on-screen for the first time in this film. Big B played the role of a funny DCP Dashrath Singh, who is out on the prowl to catch the two local thugs in Uttar Pradesh played by Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji. Interestingly, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan did an item song Kajra Re with Big B and Abhishek in this film.

Sarkar (2005)
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Ram Gopal Varma paid tribute to the Hollywood blockbuster The Godfather via this film. And who better than Amitabh to play the titular role! Big B as Subhash Nagre was the epitome of being eerily criminal, at the same time having a Robin Hood type soft corner for the poor and destitute.

Paa (2009)
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Amitabh plays a 12-year old son to his real life son, Abhishek --- a feat that no other actor has ever managed to do across the globe. The nuances in the character of a little boy, Auro, suffering from Progeria was brought to life fantastically by Senior Bachchan.

Piku (2015)
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Ever thought that your bowel cycle could make a whole nation go into a fit of laughter? Well, Big B managed to do exactly the same as Bhaskor Banerjee in this film.

Pink (2016)
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Firstly, Big B looked super handsome as a lawyer even at the age of 73. To top it, this was one of his most socially relevant films of this year. Amitabh as Deepak Sehgal managed to bring justice to three Delhi girls who were falsely accused in a molestation case.

Though one article is not enough to do justice to the numerous award winning characters Amitabh has played in his second innings, yet this is our tribute to the veteran who celebrates his 74th birthday today. wishes Amitabh Bachchan a very happy birthday.

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