Thursday, 18 July 2019

Essay on My Favourite Actor Amitabh Bachchan

Essay on My Favourite Actor Amitabh Bachchan

I like many actors, but my favorite of all is Amitabh Bachchan. He is the son of the noted Hindi poet, Harivanshrai Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan was born in Allahabad. There are many reasons why he is my favourite actor. His life shows that strong determination and resolve can help to rise the highest limits. He gave up his job as a freight broker for a shipping firm in Calcutta to move to Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1968. Months of struggle followed. Ironically known for his rich voice, he was rejected by All India Radio and even played a mute in one of his early films Reshma Aur Shera (1971). After some more flops where he even played villain to Navin Nischol’s hero in Parwana (1971), and then Zanjeer happened.

In 1973, the film Zanjeer saw a new kind of hero, a hero who took the law in his own hands and fought the villain; a hero whom people saw as their savior. The actor playing the lead role, till then a struggler with a string of flops behind him, was Amitabh Bachchan.

In his early films like the Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand (1970) and Namalk Haram (1973) or in Saudagar he was presented as a brooding melancholic anti-hero drawn from Bengali Literary stereotypes, but Zanjeer changed all that.

With his tall and lean looks, Amitabh became emblematic of the new kind of action hero. Whereas his predecessors and contemporaries played romantic roles, he introduced the motif of the ‘angry young man’ to India cinema. This was at a time, in the mid-1970s, when domestic politics was in a period of great turmoil, student unrest was high, and the employment prospects for educated young men were bleak at best.

Essay on My Favourite Actor Amitabh Bachchan
In the film Deewaar (1975), he played the role of a mafia don opposite his policeman brother, played by Shashi Kapoor. It was a brilliant performance with Amitabh being more than able to humanize the gangster and having people sympathise with him rather than with his law-abiding brother. The theme of alienation was further explored in Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar and Shakti (1982) in which he performs the roles of high crime and smuggling. Bachchan’s persona is these films is often defined by two females—the melodramatic mother, often played by Nirupa Roy, who symbolizes the family and the ‘liberated’ woman as personified by Zeenat Aman Don (1978), the Great Gambler (1980), Parveen Babi (Deewaar, Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Kaalia (1981) or Rekha Mr. Natwarlal (1979), Suhaag (1979) Silsila (1981).

He played the angry young man to perfection, Yet Amitabh scored in all types of roles, be it the sensitive romances of Yash Chopra Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Sisila (1981) or the entertainers of Manmohan Desai Amar Akbar Anthony, Parvarish (1977), Suhaag (1979), Naseeb (1981) to name only a few. He excelled in all types of scenes be they action, drama, song and dance or comedy and consequently his films began to be a one-man variety entertainment show. In 984, he tried his hand at politics. He was elected to the Parliament with a huge majority from his hometown of Allahabad, but the bitter lesson he learnt there made him vow that he would never ever be involved in politics again. He took a break from Hindi Cinema after Khuda Gawah (1992).

Amitabh attempted a return to commercial Hindi cinema a few years later, but failed in the initial attempts. His company, ABCL, too miserably failed. But he was brought to bear the top honours with the TV gameshow Kaun Bangega Crorepati. Today he is back to his No. 1 position with no challenge from any quarter in sight. Despite his age he is setting new milestones in the film industry, and is the most respected name, he is the brand ambassador of several multinational companies which speaks of his stature.

Amitabh is now crowned ass the superstar of the Millennium over such greats as Charlie Chaplin and Laurence Olivier and being selected as the first film personality from India to be immortalised at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, London.

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