Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: Did you know these films are narrated by Big B?
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Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: Did you know these films are narrated by Big B?
Megha Mukundan
Oct 11, 2021

Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan’s fans all over the world are celebrating the versatile actor’s 79th birthday today. 

The actor has been an active face in Indian cinema since the 1970s, and his career has only grown since. Besides being in front of the camera, Bachchan has also provided his grand, baritone voice to narrate films.

It is interesting to note that Bachchan entered the cinema career as a voice over artist in 1969’s drama Bhuvan Shome. But before he was anywhere near an actor, let alone a star, he was rejected from an All India Radio job sometime in the ‘60s. Little did he know that fate had something bigger in store for him.

Soon he was recognised for his extraordinary voice, which audiences far and wide will never forget. Here is a look at some movies where Bachchan spread magic as narrator. Most of these films have gone on to break box office records or are considered cult classics. Can we assume that Bachchan’s voice has that magic touch?

Shatranj Ke Khilari
7.9OTTplay Rating
Written and directed by India’s greatest filmmaker of all time, Satyajit Ray, the movie is based on Munshi Premchand’s short story of the same name. Narrated by Bachchan, the movie is the only full length Hindi feature by Ray. Set in the pre-independence era, the story revolves around two best friends who abandon their families for their obsession in chess. The cast also includes Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi and Farida Jalal.
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
8.4OTTplay Rating
The epic Indian drama helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker starring Aamir Khan, is also narrated by Bachchan. The plot follows an Indian farmer who accepts a British official’s challenge to beat his team in cricket. If he wins, his village would be free from paying taxes for the next three years. Lagaan received many awards and acclaim both nationally and internationally. The film features actors like Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelly, Paul Blackthorne, Suhasini Mulay and Rajendra Gupta.
7.7OTTplay Rating
The musical romantic drama, featuring Vidya Balan in her Bollywood debut, is the adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’ Bengali novella of the same name. Helmed by debutant Pradeep Sarkar, the movie chronicles the sweet-bitter love tale of childhood Lalita and Shekhar (played by Balan and Saif Ali Khan). Parineeta won four Filmfare awards and the National Award for Best Debut Film, and was also showcased at several international film fests. Other cast members are Sanjay Dutt, Raima Sen, Dia Mirza and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty.
Jodhaa Akbar
8OTTplay Rating
Bachchan has narrated the grand story of Jodhaa, the Rajput princess. This epic historical drama, helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker, is about Jodhaa, and the Akbar, who marry for political reasons. The movie features Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in titular roles, alongside Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ila Arun and Suhasini Mulay in supporting roles. Jodhaa Akbar was a commercial and critical success, and also a musical hit with compositions by A R Rahman.
Krrish 3
5.6OTTplay Rating
The superhero film starring Hrithik Roshan is the third installment in the Krrish series after Koi...Mil Gaya and Krrish. The story revolves around a scientist and his superhero son, who faces several conspiracies. Helmed by Rakesh Roshan, the movie features Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut as female leads, alongside Vivek Oberoi, Arif Zakaria, Asif Basra and Rajpal Yadav in supporting roles. Krrish 3 received acclaim for Hrithik’s and Kangana’s performances, along with the visual effects and cinematography.
5OTTplay Rating
This Shah Rukh Khan-starrer is narrated by Bachchan, which is all about a gaming programmer creating an invincible virtual character called Ra.One. Helmed by Anubhav Sinha, the movie has Kareena Kapoor playing the female lead, alongside Arjun Rampal, Shahana Goswami, Tom Wu, Dalip Tahil and Satish Shah handling pivotal roles. Ra.One also includes 3D conversion and visual effects, which was a breakthrough among Indian cinema.

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