Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be celebrating his 72nd birthday on 11th October, 2014. Even at an advanced age the eternal ‘angry young man’ of Bollywood has remained one of the focal points of the film industry. In this digital age, he remains one of the most followed celebrities online. He is also very reciprocal towards his fans for their love and connects with them as often as possible.
Apart from delivering iconic films, he has also been part of some of the greatest songs in Bollywood history, bringing them alive on the big screen. As it is very difficult to rank them, here are some memorable songs featuring Big B and some also sung by him. The songs are in no particular order though.
1) ‘Mere Angane mein’: The song from the film ‘Laawaris’ was sung by Big B himself. The lyrics are hilarious and the video even more as Amitabh makes everyone laugh with his gestures and expressions while dressed up as a woman.
2) ‘Rang Barse’: It is from the Yash Chopra film ‘Silsila’, this song is sung by Amitabh Bachchan in his own unique style and it has become synonymous with the festival of Holi. Even today, it can be heard across India on the day of Holi.
3) ‘Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge’: While ‘Sholay’ was an action adventure film it did feature this great song. Sung by legendary singers, Manna Dey and Kishore Kumar, it is considered as an anthem of friendship and has a memorable video featuring a motorcycle borne Amitabh and Dharmendra.
4) ‘Khaike Paan Banaraswala’: This cult song by Kishore Kumar was originally meant for another film but featured in ‘Don’. Finally when it was filmed on Big B, he chewed betel leaves (paan), danced and crooned into our hearts.
5) ‘Teri Bindiya Re’: While the film ‘Abhimaan’ featured multiple super hit songs, this particular song is memorable for the chemistry seen between the onscreen as well as real life couple, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. It was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Md.Rafi.
6) ‘Jumma Chumma De de’: When the song came out Big B was in his 50’s, but still rocked in this loud, fun number, sung by Sudesh Bhonsle and Kavita Krishnamurthy.
7) ‘Inteha Ho Gai’: This memorable Bappi Lahiri composed track from the soundtrack of ‘Sharaabi’ was sung brilliantly by Kishore Kumar and memorably acted out by Amitabh.
8) ‘Rimjhim Gire Sawan’: This song from the film ‘Manzil’ is a famous rain themed romantic number and was sung by Kishore Kumar.
9) ‘Pag Ghungroo’: From composer Bappi Lahiri and singer Kishore Kumar, this cult song from the 80’s is one of the longest songs in Bollywood history. Big B delivered a memorable performance in the video that has become inseparable from the song.
10) ‘Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein’: It is one of the most romantic Bollywood songs ever. It is from the film ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ and was sung by Mukesh and filmed on Big B and Rakhee.