AMITABH BACHCHAN HAS STARTED MANY TRENDS. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW OF THEM
|THE ANGRY YOUNG MAN
||Before Bachchan, movies generally were of social
nature, gearing up on romantic themes more often than not.
||With Namak Haram and Zanjeer in 1973, Amitabh brought
about realism into commercial cinema and with it came the era of the
'Angry Young Man', the most enduring icon of Indian cinema. What made the
roles work were Bachchan's focused eyes, booming voice, and an extremely
effective articulating ability.
||From Sunjay Dutt to Jackie Shroff to Sunny Deol, most
film stars of the 80s and early 90s tried to live up to the
image of that icon created by Bachchan.
||With few exceptions, actors before Amitabh looked and
dressed generally in conventional outfits
||Amitabh changed that by resetting trends in appearance
and outfits. With movies like Amar Akbar Anthony and Suhaag, he
made the streetsmart outfits a national craze. In particular, his impact on fashion and hairstyle have been long standing.
||Now, every actor tries to go for that
look. From Shahrukh Khan to Sunjay Dutt to Anil Kapoor to Chunky Pandey to
many other actors who have come and gone have followed Bachchan's style in
outfits and appearance
||Before Bachchan, most actors acted and did not cross
over into other venues of the film industry.
||With Shahenshah in 1988, Amitabh Bachchan became the
first major actor to take distribution rights for his film in lieu of his
salary; and in 1995, he paved way for the first full blown event
management and software control entity in Bombay, ABCL
||Since then, a multitude of bollywood stars and other
figures have jumped into the production fray launching their own
companies. Some examples are Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla's Dreamz
Unlimited and Jackie Shroff and Govinda's new company
||Before Bachchan, active film stars did not venture into television
||In 2000, Amitabh signed onto to host Star TV's Quiz
Show: Kaun Banega Crorepati for a record sum of 14 crores/year. He is
currently the highest paid actor in India with KBC shattering all sorts of
||After Bachchan's success, many film stars like Govinda, Rekha,
and Hrithik Roshan have been signing up with satellite channels
to produce and/or host their own television programs
||Before Bachchan, actors acted and singers sang. Dilip
Kumar for instance would never think of doing a number from the lines of
Mukesh or Rafi.
||In 1979, Amitabh Bachchan did his own playback for the
first time for the movie: Mr. Natwarlal. The song was a rousing hit.
Bachchan sang several times later in his career with each song becoming a
||In the mid-90s, actors like Amir Khan, Shahrukh Khan,
Govinda, and Sunjay Dutt started to follow up on that by doing their own
playbacks as well.
||Before Bachchan, the only people who gave world tours
from India were professional singers like Lata Mangeskar or Ravi Shankar
||In 1981, Amitabh went to New York and held the
'Tonight with Amitabh Bachchan' concert and became the first Asian to pack
Madison Square Garden. In the later years, he toured London's Wembley and
Giant Stadium amongst the other great venues in the world. Virtually
everywhere, his concerts hold the attendance mark for Asian
||The concert trend really picked off in the 90s with
each and every star and actor touring the world from city to city, each
now getting a chance to be appreciated by the worldwide fanbase of the