Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan was the most successful actor of Hindi-language Bollywood blockbusters for at least two decades. During the 1970s he played in Khwaja Abbas' Saat Hindustani/ Seven Indians (1969), several Hrishikesh Mukherjee films, such as Anand (1971), Namak Haraam (1973), written by Gulzar, Abhimaan (1973) and Mili (1975), several Yash Chopra films, such as Deewaar (1975), Kabhi Kabhie/ Sometimes (1976), Trishul (1978), Kaala Patthar (1979) and Silsila (1981), and several films scripted by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar, such as Prakash Mehra's Zanjeer/ Shackles (1973), Ramesh Sippy's Sholay/ Embers (1975 and Chandra Barot's Don (1978), besides Chopra's Deewaar, as well as in Manoj Kumar's Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974).

Later he relied more on the director Manmohan Desai and the screenwriter Kader Khan, the pair that piloted Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Suhaag (1979), Naseeb/ Destiny (1981) and Coolie (1983). Kader Khan also wrote Prakash Mehra's Muqaddar Ka Sikander/ Conqueror of Destiny (1978) and Mukul Anand's Agneepath/ The Path of Fire (1990). Other big hits of the 1980s include: Raj Khosla's Dostana/ Friendship (1980), scripted by the duo Khan-Akhtar, Tinnu Anand's Kaalia (1981), Mehra's Namak Halaal/ Loyal Servant (1982), Mehra's Sharaabi/ Drunkard (1984), Desai's Mard (1985).

His career later was later resurrected by Yash Chopra who produced Mohabbatein/ Love Stories (2000), written and directed by his son Aditya Chopra, and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), written and directed by Karan Johar.

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