By: Sunil Noronha
Monday, July 30, 2007
Amitabh Bachchan has had an acting career longer than most people his age and from among those of his generation of actors. He started out way back in and he is still running hot. If recent reports are something to go by, then he doesn't plan to quit anytime soon. But the larger question here is whether the Big B has, in the process staying alive and active in the industry so long, lost his status as a veteran.
Nowadays be it the new Gabbar Singh, Jiah Khan's lover in Nishabd or Tabu's elderly lover boy, he has seemed to make a very successful attempt to be hip and happening. While he can be known for the his roles in Don, Sholay and similar hit cult films, he chooses to be known for the films in which he does hip hop steps, does the funky dance moves and wears the funky clothes.
He may be a favourite among today's crowd - but one thing is for sure - while he is a force to reckon with he is no more the revered actor, the angry young man that he is (or was) most famously known to be. He can be listed with the young and upcoming actors and the actors who are in the 40 - 45 age gap, if you measure him by the roles he's been playing of late.
Well Big B, I am sure your effort to be young in with this generation is well appreciated but I prefer the angry young man much better.