Abhishek Bachchan is one of those actors who has always acted like honest artists. All of Junior Bachchan’s performances may not have hit the mark, but they certainly managed to make some impact, and that’s a lot more than can be said about the many artists who work today. What overshadowed his acting and the effort he puts into them is the lineage he comes from. Because if you’re the son of a superstar, you’ll always measure up to them, and the superstar and performance of Amitabh Bachchan is such that only a few personalities working in the film industry can claim to have that kind of connection to an audience.
Being a Junior Bachchan has its advantages and disadvantages, almost like everything in the world. However, Abhishek has always been graceful in relation to the comparisons and expectations of fans outside the camera. But that’s the topic for another article, here we’ll take a quick look at some of Abhishek Bachchan’s most impressive, charismatic performances.
In the ambitious, messy, but also watchable Yuvi Mani Ratnam, Abhishek intertwines Lallan Singh. A little lunatic who wants to rule the country or at least his city. Abhishek carried Lallan’s confidence with charming ease. Lallan was someone who was passionate and dreamed big dreams, but had no idea how he could achieve them. This unique blend of discomfort and dignity was something the actor very easily possessed. Although he had multiple stars, Abhishek managed to find his place in the sun, which is a commendable achievement for someone, who only had a few films at the time. Ajay Devgn, Esha Deol, Rani Mukerji, Vivek Oberoi and Kareena Kapoor were also present.
Phir Milenge (2004)
That same year, Abhishek was seen in a completely different role, the role of a lawyer fighting for a client with AIDS (played brilliantly by Shilpa Shetty). Led by Revathi, Phir Milenge also saw Salman Khan in an extended cameo. I am now aware that this is a largely forgotten film unless someone puts his songs into discussion, but Phir Milenge (inspired by Hollywood Philadelphia) was ahead of his time. It was a subtle, nuanced and poignant film about love and equality. Abhishek as Shilpa’s friend the lawyer was credible – funny, serious and all you needed.
Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
In his next, a year later, Bachchan shone like the deceiver Bunty, who was sympathetic, clever, clever, and emotional. The actor had electrical chemistry with colleague Rani Mukerji. The songs were fantastic, and so were the antics with which the duo set off under the direction of Shaad Ali. And of course the special mention of Junior B’s performance in Gulzar’s cult “Kaira Re,” the actor had all my attention despite the stunning Aishwarya and the incomparable Amitabha swaying in the music.
Again an underrated film in Bachchan’s filmography. Thoroughly fun ride with some predictable and unpredictable turns. Rohan Sippy’s film even featured a song in Abhishek’s voice – “Right Here, Right Now”. It is also worth mentioning Abhishek’s ‘jugalbandi’ with his colleague and close friend Riteish Deshmukh.
Mani Ratnam and Abhishek collaborated once again, this time on a film allegedly inspired by the life and time of businessman Dhirubhai Ambani. While Gurukant Desai, Abhishek and Mani brought new life to the famous story of rags to wealth that is so often told in Hindi cinema and made it extremely watchable. What also helped the case was his role, supported by Aishwarya Rai, R Madhavan and Vidya Balan.
In the film, Abhishek went through a transformation that was as physical as it was emotional. An ambitious, somewhat insecure man with a cooler and more collected personality, the actor portrayed different shades of Gurukant Desai in a two-and-a-half-hour film.
I know this is the director of R Balki in which people mostly praised the performance of Amitabha Bachchan and his friendship with the versatile Vidy Balan, but Abhishek has once again shown that, despite the limited time on screen, even with a small role he can do wonders. The actor gave so much character to the father figure he essayed in the film – confused, excited, honest; As a young politician, Abhishek was the personification of the mostly white kurta-pajamas he wore in the film – pure and enigmatic.
Many proclaimed him their film about the return, Abhishek Bachchan was founded as a mature, all-encompassing “vilayat” who brought Robbie back. Robbie did not wear a turban outside his country, but he did wear it in India as a sign of respect for his parents. Robbie was patient, ready to give his partner time for her to accept him, he was even willing to leave the relationship when he felt they had taken him for a ride. Robbie perfectly fit the modern man who didn’t believe in letting go of his values. That insane sense of patience and wisdom Abhishek managed to draw with a convincing air of himself. His performance in the song “Hallaa” is something I can’t forget – Robbie in the song was not only drunk from alcohol, but also in pain due to the loss of good trust.
Honorable mentions: Run, Ludo.