Abhishek Bachchan is one actor who can be rightfully credited for making unsafe career choices that went a long way in making him a rounded artist that he is today. From featuring in multi-starrers to leading unconventionally themed films on his shoulders, Bachchan has tried it all in his 20-year long film career.
Whenever the work of Abhishek is discussed, comparisons are inevitably made with his father, the legendary Amitabh Bachchan.
Despite living under the huge shadow of his father Amitabh Bachchan’s legacy and a rollercoaster journey of ups and downs, Abhishek Bachchan has given an effective display of his acting chops in his near-two-decade journey in the film industry.
We take a look at some of the off-beat roles that Jr. Bachchan pulled off with flair and charisma, while leaving a substantial mark for himself in the film industry.
Abhishek Bachchan made a promising debut with JP Dutta’s ‘Refugee’. Abhishek, who was seen opposite Kareena Kapoor, managed to make his place in the industry not as Amitabh Bachchan’s son, but as a fine actor.
The rare character that had him carry different layers and portray in the best way possible, Abhishek Bachchan in Yuva was as real as he could get. Attempting a character tipping heavy on the negative shads, he was realistically scary. While he deservingly got the Filmfare award for Best supporting actor for this role, even Mani Ratnam was supremely impressed by his performance.
Though the movie did not do well at the box office, but Abhishek’s performance was highly appreciated. He played a role of a man who fights for his love.
Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
Abhishek entertained his fabs as a con man in this Shaad Ali film. He was seen opposite Rani Mukerji. One of the highlights of the film was ‘Kajra Re’ featuring Abhishek, Aishwarya and Big B.
As hard as it gets to not like this sweet cinema experience, Abhishek’s performance plays a heavy role in giving bluffmaster a quiet and simplistic touch. As a conman fighting his own battles, he lifted the very element of the character and engrossed audiences from the word go. Bluffmaster was one of the easiest views to sit through back in 2005.
And the actor turned serious for ‘Sarkar’. The actor sparkled in almost the entire movies and became an important element of the films. With the constant flow of energy and emotions in the entire movie, one could not leave the theatres awe inspired by his acting skills. Complimenting his own father Big B at most junctions, he was able to deliver a solid show in an already performance driven movie directed by Ram Gopal Verma.
It was perhaps to do with his fabulous display in Yuva that Mani Ratnam cast him as a lead in what would have been for him a career defining movie, Guru. For the effort he put in taking that role from ideation to screen, Abhishek deserved all the recognition he didn’t get. Essaying a character that ages through the film in progression isn’t easy and Junior B pulled it off and how! From whistle worthy dialogues to delivering one of the toughest monologues in that decade, Guru belonged to Abhishek Bachchan and he deserved a feather like that in his hat.
And here comes the rib ticking movie of 2008, in which Abhishek Bachchan was not paired opposite any heroine, but John Abraham. At a time when projection of gay characters on the big screens was fueling dimensional debates, Abhishek’s goofy act in Dostana did make us see its lighter side. He was eccentrically funny in Dostana that eventually ended up being one of the main reasons for film’s success.
Wow, this was a good movie, huh? The city of Delhi was undoubtedly the star of this film but Bachchan comes a close second.
After a short sabbatical, Abhishek Bachchan returned with a bang to fill the shoes of Robbie Bhatia in Anurag Kashyap’s fiery romance, Manmarziyaan. Though Taapsee Pannu was unanimously lauded and many said she walked away with the film, there was a section of audiences that felt AB Jr was the real star of the movie. The actor nuanced and subtle portrayal won him praises galore. It’s a different matter that the movie didn’t do wonders at the box office.