Amitabh Bachchan undoubtedly is the biggest star of Indian cinema ever. In his career spanning more than 50 years, he has given many blockbusters but along with being a big star, there is no doubt that he is a good actor also. He won National Awards four times, the highest by any actor in India and there are few underrated performances of Amitabh Bachchan people don’t talk much about. Here we have curated a list of 7 underrated performances of Amitabh Bachchan you shall not miss.
Saudagar is one of Amitabh Bachchan’s earlier movies before he became a superstar. directed by Sudhendu Roy and The movie was adapted from a Bengali story Ras written by Narendranath Mitra and it was directed by Sudhendu Roy. It starred Nutan and Amitabh Bachchan in the leading roles along with Padma Khanna. The movie follows the story of a scheming man who plans to con a poor young widow for personal gains. The movie was not a box office success but the performance of Amitabh Bachchan was praised a lot.
Reshma Aur Shera
ReshmaAurShera was directed by Sunil Dutt and it was released in 1971. It had an ensemble cast of Sunil Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, and Amrish Puri. Amitabh Bachchan plays the character of Chotu with grey shades. Even with the presence of so many actors, Amitabh Bachchan impressed everyone with his earnest performance.
Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Bemisal was released in the year 1981 when Amitabh Bachchan was at the peak of his career. The movie also featured VinodMehra, Raakhee, DevenVerma, Aruna Irani, and Om Shivpuri. The movie was a box office failure when released but Amitabh Bachchan’s performance got lots of critical acclaim. The movie was a remake of Uttam Kumar’s Bengali movie Ami Se O Shakha.
Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Aks told the age-old story of good versus evil in a new way. Amitabh Bachchan plays the character of Manu Verma a police officer who is after a serial killer Raghavan played by Manoj Bajpai. The movie was ahead of its time and the audiences could not connect to the new style of filmmaking hence it underperformed at the box office. Amitabh Bachchan as Manu Verma gave a compelling performance in the movie especially in the second half when the spirit of Raghavan enters his body.
Eklavya directed by VidhuVinod Chopra had an ensemble cast including Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Shergil and Amitabh Bachchan who played the titular role of Eklavya. Amitabh Bachchan plays a royal guard of the royal family and he had a vow that he will protect the family till his last breath. One of the most underrated performances of Amitabh Bachchan, this movie is a must-watch if you are an Amitabh Bachchan fan.
Faraar was a 1975 crime thriller movie that featured Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore along with Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh Bachchan here plays the character of Rajesh who is running from police after committing a murder and takes shelter in the house of Sharmila Tagore, his former lover and now the wife of a police officer played by Sanjeev Kumar. Amitabh Bachchan gave a brilliant performance in this movie as a man who has lost everything in life including his love.
Shamitabh was directed by R. Balki who earlier made hit movies like Paa and Cheeni Kum with Amitabh Bachchan. The movie also features Tamil superstar Dhanush and it marked the debut of Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara Haasan. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of a former actor who gives his voice to the character of Dhanush who is mute. The movie didn’t do well when released but is now considered a cult movie.