October 10, 2012 04:01:31 PM IST By Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
As Bollywood's megastar Amitabh Bachchan turns 70 and the world of entertainment around the world rises in unison to raise toast to one of the finest performers who has walked on earth, it indeed is a moment of pride for the cinema fraternity. It is a moment of reckoning and to give it an element of immortality it would indeed be worthwhile to try to trace 70 such moments of reckoning from his films which have been a source of inspiration for generations to come. As those seventy moments would be too long it would be proper to break it into three parts. Of those seventy such moments we give you the first 25 which would be followed by next 25 and then 20.
SAAT HINDUATANI, PARWANA and ANAND
SAAT HINDUSTANI: He set the trend from his very first film, of playing characters which are different, playing the role of a Muslim on debut, which was seldom done earlier, and still is not done on debut, set the pace for his acting career.
BHUVAN SHOME: Big B's voice is one of the most sought after voice overs. Big B had given the mastery of that genre way back in 1970 through the second film BHUVAN SHOME, and had given an inkling to the world of how he was going to dominate the world of cinema through his voice.
PARWANA: Playing a negative role which has now become a hallmark was taken it to lofted levels by Big B in PARWANA. The cold blooded manner in which he plans and executes murder of Om Prakash in PARWANA could have been one hell of a performance if the film had been a hit.
ANAND: When ANAND is talked about most of us talk about the dialogue bak bak and Babu Moshaiya, but the soft and romantic side of Big B which came in stark motif for the first time was in ANAND in the scene where Rajesh Khanna asks him 'koi to hoga jisko dekh ke saanse tej ho jaatee hongi', and expressions of Big B says it all. Eyes had started emoting for him
RESHMA AUR SHERA: Playing the role of a mute character, the scene where Big B playing the role of Chotu executes the command of his father, Jayant to murder his uncle KN Singh and his son Ranjeet, without uttering a dialogue is the hallmark of this film. It was a first reflection of the hero worship that Big B had for the institution of fatherhood, it being derived from the respect he had for his father.