Abhishek Bachchan completes 20 years in the film industry. Time surely seems to have flown by, but he has given us some memorable performances in these two decades. In his Instagram, he has started a series called #RoadTo20, where he documents his journey in each of his landmark projects. From his debut in 2000 with Refugee, to Manmarziyaan in 2018, he speaks about his experience working on each film and shares some lovely anecdotes about it.
Now, he is ready to set foot into OTT entertainment with the Amazon Original series, Breathe. While I am super excited for that, here are 5 of his most loved performances that prove he is one of the most under-rated and talented actors we have today.
How can we forget the rugged, abusive Lallan from Mani Ratnam‘s 2004 drama, Yuva! Abhishek had moulded himself into the greedy and impulsive personality so well and stood out in this multi-starrer political drama. It is also one of his most critically acclaimed performances till date, and rightly so!
One of the highest-grossing films of 2005, Bunty Aur Babli honestly was one of my most favourite films growing up! Just the super entertaining story, the sizzling chemistry between Abhishek and Rani Mukerji, and the songs won over all our hearts! Abhishek’s conman act in the film was done so well, that you get to see the layers in his character which makes you root for him.
Who doesn’t love the Dhoom series, amirite? This iconic series since 2004 has redefined action thrillers for us in Bollywood and Abhishek as the very sharp and no-nonsense cop, ACP Jay Dixit, has been a part of it since the beginning. The one who is always on the hunt for the bad guy, his role changed the way relationships between the cop and the bad guy was generally perceived and that’s why people keep going back to this franchise!
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#flashbackfriday On the sets of Guru in October 2006 in Madurai. Mani had decided to shoot the song Tere Bina ( my all time favourite) much after we had finished principle photography. If you look closely during the song I had long hair, which I had grown for my film Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Since this shoot happened in the middle of JBJ's shoot (Shaad, the director of JBJ can never say no to Mani as he used to be Mani's assistant and considers him to be like family, hence adjusted his dates to enable this shoot) I just shaved my beard but obviously couldn't cut my hair. They used to pin up my hair during this shoot to look shorter and match the continuity look of Gurukant Desai. This photo was taken whilst I was seeing the playback of the now famous scene where Guru says the very famous dialogue " जब लोग तुम्हारे ख़िलाफ़ बोलने लगे, समझ लो तरक़्क़ी कर रहे हो।”. Mani, last minute decided to include this scene in the film. So we used to shoot all night for the song, sleep a couple of hours and then shoot this scene in the daytime in the patio of the hotel we were staying at in Madurai. I think it was the Taj. A fun fact. Also seen in this photo is one of my best friends Gaurav. Babu, as I fondly call him had come to visit me and Aishwarya during the shoot as he stays in Chennai. Just as we were about to begin the scene Mani decided he wanted to shoot this scene in OS ( over the shoulder) of the "minister". Since we didn't have an actor on hand, they ( Mani and @dirrajivmenon [also seen in this photo]) literally put a very reluctant Babu into the shot as he was on set watching the shoot and made him into the "minister". I don't think he will ever forgive us for doing that to him and has since never visited any shoot of mine! 😁
Abhishek teamed up with Mani Ratnam for the second time in Guru, which went on to become AB Jr’s highest-grossing films till date. The rag to riches story saw Bachchan portray Gurukant Desai, who through all the stages in his life — from a young and ambitious dreamer to an ageing and ailing billionaire. The actor beautifully owned the role and the film and was widely appreciated for his performance. Also, I loved his sweet chemistry with his now-wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the film!
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Possibly the one time this tornado of an actor was calm and still…. @taapsee you were an absolute pleasure to collaborate with. Your crazy energy has translated so beautifully into Rumi. I don't think anyone would disagree that you were born to play Rumi. The only irreplaceable cast member in the entire film. Thank you for your love, generosity and patience with me. Don't forget @vickykaushal09 and me during your exceptance speeches. 😉 #RoadToManmarziyaan #Manmarziyaan #TakeTwo 📸: @khamkhaphotoartist
Anurag Kashyap’s film about a love triangle showed us how Abhishek can be ever so subtle in his act and deliver a powerful performance. He played Robbie with such empathy and kindness, and was a guy every girl’s family would want for their daughter.
Honestly, it isn’t easy playing both the good guy and the moody guy so well, and Abhishek does it best! Which is your most favourite film of his? Let us know. Congrats on 20 years, Abhishek, can’t wait for all that’s in store for us in the coming times!