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HITS and FLOPS

Bombing at BO




Not all Amitabh classics drew full houses.

SAAT HINDUSTANI | 1969

It was Khwaja Ahmad Abbas's film that put AB on the train from Kolkata to Mumbai in 1969. The film was about seven unarmed commandos who take on the reckless but brave mission to hoist the Indian flag in Portuguese-ruled Goa. Amitabh played a poet from Bihar. The film tanked but the quiet intensity and, of course, The Voice were noticed

SILSILA | 1981


There was no reason for this lush Yash Chopra film to tank. The three protagonists - Rekha, Amitabh and Jaya - played out a triangle that they were supposed to be in real life. The music was superb as were the locations. Maybe it was the hurried ending, maybe the audience wasn't ready for triangles, but the film was a flop though it is remembered today as a classic

MANZIL | 1979


This film is remembered today mostly for its lovely rain song composed by RD Burman, 'Rimjhim Gire Saawan'. It told the story of an ambitious young entrepreneur trying to make it big in a cruel world and win the love of society lady, Moushumi Chatterjee

CHEENI KUM | 2007


This was a May-December romance that the audiences didn't take to. Amitabh of course was the December to Tabu's May. It had a lot of prickly humour and Ilayaraja composed the songs. AB played the touchy genius chef with elan and Tabu provided the perfect counterpoint to his character. But ad guru R Balki's first film didn't really get far with viewers

BLACK | 2005


The film won AB a national award for his role as a rather eccentric therapist who pulls Rani Mukherjee out of her dark world. Later in the film, the actor portrayed the role of an Alzheimer's patient with immense grit. Despite a mixed reaction from the audience the film managed to get critical acclaim

ALAAP | 1977


This Hrishikesh Mukerjee film had some great songs, like 'Chand akela jaye' and 'Zindagi ko sanwarna'. Amitabh plays a rich man's son who loves classical music more than money. Rekha played the sympathetic love interest.

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