Abhishek Bachchan, who completes 15 years in the industry today, is one actor who is considered to be lucky for being Big B’s son and getting an entry into Bollywood without much struggle. But his real struggle started after his debut ‘Refugee’ with a series of flops that had almost got him written off from every director’s list. But surely, things took a turn for him at a certain point in his career. And that is the time when every girl went crazy behind the tall and handsome hunk who charmed all with his macho-persona and cool attitude. From dancing on ‘Dus Bahaane’ to doing the naagin-dance in ‘Happy New Year’, the actor has come a long way! Yes, his career may not be a legendary one, but let us not forget he has acted brilliantly in several films. Don’t believe us? Have a look at the best 15 roles of his career!
1. Yuva- Lallan Singh:
The film that ended his spate of flops and bad luck in Bollywood. His rough, angry and uncivilized Lallan Singh was so powerful that it instantly made the audiences forget his previous 13 flops. It is still considered as one his best performances and gave us a new and improved Jr.Bachchan. Making himself stand apart and at a better position in the movie which had two other actor too, was in itself a great achievement for the boy who had been rubbished off by the media for his flop films.
2. Phir Milenge- Tarun Anand:
When it’s your time, everything that you do is loved by all. And AB was back again with another heart-warming and matured performance in ‘Phir Milenge’ as Shipla Shetty’s lawyer trying to get her justice. Audiences were in for a shock to see the man who scared them in ‘Yuva’, now acting as a ray of hope in this beautiful film.
3. Dhoom- ACP Jai Dixit:
However, ‘Dhoom’ was the movie that made him a star overnight. While Abhishek had become a top choice for the supporting lead in various films, his tough-cop act in the movie gave him many more admirers.
4. Bunty Aur Babli- Bunty:
After having proved that he can carry a movie alone on his shoulders, Abhishek gave Bollywood one of its highest grossing movies of that time- ‘Bunty Aur Babli’. His comic-timing, chemistry with co-star Rani Mukherjee and getting into the character as various disguises along with perfect accent was appreciated by all.
5. Sarkar/Sarkar Raj- Shankar Nagre:
With ‘Sarkar’, Abhishek proved that he is here to stay. His dark, charming and unapologetic Shankar, who believed in his father, became the talk of the town as he stole the show from his superstar father and won several prestigious awards for this role. He proved that he just isn’t the actor who does candy-floss romance and edgy action-drama that ensure sell of popcorns in the theatre; he is much more than that!
On the other hand, with ‘Sarkar Raj’, the sequel to ‘Sarkar’, Abhishek one again surprised the audiences with his top-notch performance and made their eyes wet with his death scene. (oops…spoilers!)
6. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna- Rishi Talwar:
It was for the first time that the audience clapped when SRK was slapped on-screen, for cheating on his wife. And why not, it shows how brilliant his portrayal was. And it was also the first time that AB got all the emotional sympathies instead of SRK when his child-like, caring and loving Rishi Talwar was betrayed by his wife. Such was the performance of this actor! He made way into our hearts as the loving husband and doting son with impeccable comic timing and eyes filled with tears and emotions.
7. Bluffmaster!- Roy:
And that was indeed another masterstroke! Not only his performance as the con-man suffering from brain tumour and living his life to the fullest appreciated by all, his playback song ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hai’ became a nation-wide rage! His chemistry with Riteish Deshmukh was appreciated by all.
8. Guru- Gurukant Desai:
It is undoubtedly his best till date where he proved that he can not only play fictional roles but also can portray a larger-than-life character on-screen. The ease with which he played an intelligent and high-spirited Gujrati businessman caught everyone’s notice. His was considered as the best performance of the year before Shah Rukh Khan came with his stellar performance in ‘Chak De! India’ later that year.
9. Dostana- Sameer:
The ‘Dhoom’ Jodi of Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham came together but this time, not as rivals, but as men pretending to be homosexuals. The movie was one of the biggest hits of the year and while John and Priyanka Chopra were praised for raising the temperature with their hotness, it was Jr.Bachchan who swept away with almost all the awards in the comic category for his brilliant, carefree and funny portrayal as the man pretending to be a gay. And we all still wait for a sequel to this movie and to see John and Abhishek together in this comic caper again.
10. Paa- Amol Arte:
Abhishek Bachchan is known for his chemistry with male co-stars more than his female ones. And this time, he took it on another level by playing a father to his real-life father Amitabh Bachchan. He was able to stand out and carve his own place despite of the brilliant and strong performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan.
11. Raavan- Beera:
The movie was flop, but we just couldn’t stop ourselves from sympathising with Beera, the modern-day Raavan. Abhishek brought life to the evil character as the uncouth man who has just one aim- revenge; but ends up falling for the police officer’s beautiful wife!
12. Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey- Surjya Sen:
The movie was a complete washout! Hardly anyone even remembers about it. But Abhishek proved his mettle as a very sorted and disciplined freedom fighter Surjya Sen who trains and leads pack of teenagers to revolt against the British Raj. He was fresh and different from all his roles he had done so far, and was convincing enough to make the audience understand his passion for his country and freedom.
13. Dum Maro Dum- ACP Vishnu Kamath:
His performance in ‘Dum Maro Dum’ as the handsome angry police officer reminded everyone of the original angry young man of B-town. He played the role of a narcotics officer with much passion, anger and conviction and managed to steal the show once again.
14. Bol Bachchan- Abbas Ali:
Here is another terrific comic performance by Jr.Bachchan. His performance as the man pretending to live two lives was so amazing and funny that he walked shoulder-to-shoulder with ace actor Ajay Devgn. Considered as one of his funniest role till date, he once again became a favourite at all the award ceremonies.
15. Happy New Year- Nandu:
This movie had eight brilliant actors including King Khan but still Jr.Bachchan managed to steal the limelight with his brilliant comic performance and weird antics.
Married to one of the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jr.B is blessed with a daughter Aaradhya Bachchan.
It’s been 15 years since he made his debut. Happy 15 years to him as well as his ‘Refugee’ co-star Kareena Kapoor Khan!