Amitabh has had the privilege of working with almost all the best actors of the past three generations, or rather we should say they've had the privilege of working with him. He has starred in many of the biggest multistarrers of all time including but not limited to the biggest blockbuster of them all: Sholay. He shared a great rapport with most of his co-stars and despite his status, was never reported to be anything less than unprofessional. Today when his co-stars look back, almost unequivocally they have nothing but high praise for their time with AB. Let's look at some of them

Rajesh Khanna
Amitabh and  Rajesh Khanna in Namak Haram, 1973 By the time Amitabh entered the film industry, Rajesh Khanna was already a national craze. He was Indian cinema's first superstar. He and Amitabh did two memorable films together, both blockbusters. The first was Anand which was released in 1971. AB played the memorable role of Dr. Bhaskar Banarjee and Khanna of the sick patient: Anand. Rajesh Khanna was brilliant as Anand and he obviously had the author backed role. But AB managed to turn a few heads as he played the role of 'BabuMoshai' to perfection. The second film they did was released in 1973, just before Zanjeer. The movie was Namak Haram and in it, it was becoming clear that AB was here to stay. Unlike Anand, he was the best thing in that film. The famous scene where he challenges the entire 'basti' was soon to become his trademark. Namak Haram was the turning point for the superstar torch to be passed from Rajesh Khanna to AB

Shatrughan Sinha
AB and Shotgun Sinha (as he was popularly known) made for an explosive combo, partly because the two never were known to be too fond of each other, and that resulted in some real cutthroat scenes. In particular, the confrontation scene in the chai stall in Kaala Patthar is one of the greatest in the history of Indian cinema. Amitabh and Shatru worked together in Raaste Ka Patthar, Dostana, Kaala Patthar, and Naseeb. Amitabh and Shotgun Sinha
Rishi Kapoor
Amitabh and 
 Rishi Kapoor Rishi Kapoor worked with Amitabh for the first time in the 1976 in Kabhi Kabhi. He later usually played Amitabh's friend or younger brother in films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb and Coolie. His last movie with AB was Ajooba in 1991.

Vinod Khanna
AB and Vinod Khanna were going head to head for the no. 1 slot in the mid/late 70s up until the point where Khanna quit movies and left to joing Bhagwan Rajnish's ashram. But before that, each tested and extended the performance of the other in memorable movies like Hera Pheri, Khoon Pasina, Parvarish, and Amar Akbar Anthony. Their last movie together: Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978) established Amitabh Bachchan as the first undisputed megastar of Indian cinema. Amitabh and  Vinod Khanna

Amitabh and   Shotgun Sinha Dharmendra was one of the few actors during the 70s and 80s who could come close to matching AB's charisma and star power. During the 70s and 80s, he gave quite a lot of hits in an era dominated by Amitabh. He and Amitabh came together for two movies, both of which were very memorable. Ram Balram in 1980 is the lesser known of the two because the other one happens to be the most famous Indian film of all time: Sholay.

Shashi Kapoor
AB and Shashi Kapoor's combo was one of the best. They were the ultimate teammates and complemented each other's personalities and talents very well. From Deewar in 1975 to Akayla in 1991, they helped each other out and continued to light up the cinema screen. Amitabh and   Shashi Kapoor

Sanjeev Kumar
Amitabh  and Sanjeev Kumar Amitabh acted with Sanjeev Kumar in Sholay and Trishul where Kumar had major roles.

Dilip Kumar
Dilip Kumar is one of the few actors that is in AB's class talent and performance wise. He and Amitabh worked for the first and last time in 1982 for Shakti, a classic confontation tale between a father and a son. Both were brilliant, though I consider Amitabh to be slightly better. The drunken scene Amitabh does with Smita Patil in that movie is a clinic on acting! Amitabh and  Dilip Kumar

Amitabh and  Rajnikanth Through out the 80s, RajniKanth was considered the Amitabh Bachchan of the South. So for 1983's Andha Kanoon, Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth were brought together. The combination worked well and repeated with Geraftar in 1985 AB and Rajni worked together for the last time in 1991's superhit: Hum

Mithun Chakrobarty
Mithun was the first of many 'Next Amitabhs' that started coming up in the 1980s. Obviously, there was none but Mithun was a fine actor and did two movies with AB. One was extremely bad: Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, but the other: AgniPath is a classic with brilliant performances from both actors. Amitabh and  Mithun

Kamal Hassan
Amitabh and  Kamal Hassan Kamal Hassan is one of the greatest actors of all time. He has given successful peformances in both hindi and southern movies. He played AB's younger brother in 1985's Gerafthar

Govinda is better known as the the Indian Jim Carrey. He excels in the 'physical comedy' genre of movies. He acted with Amitabh in Hum and Bade Miya Chote Miya. Of those two, only BMCM is a comedy and Govinda, with David Dhawan's help, was said to left a highlight impression on the film. Amitabh and  Shotgun Sinha

Shahrukh Khan
Amitabh and  Shahrukh Khan in Mohabbatein Amitabh Bachchan is Shahrukh Khan's idol. And his performances in his early movies like Deewana and Baazigar in 1993 reminded people of a young Amitabh Bachchan who by that time had been on his sabbatical. He has been a big star in the films since the mid-90s and worked with AB for the first time ever in Adi Chopra's Mohabbatein. He is also doing Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham scheduled to release in late 2001.

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