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Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest ever star of Bollywood is celebrating his birthday today.
Amitabh is one of those stars who have created a niche in the industry, an impact which will always be known and remembered no matter how much time goes by. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the forever humble superstar is showered with love and admiration from both the BTown and his fans.
Here’s a list of Amitabh Bachchan’s top 5 movies that you need to watch:
Zanjeer: The slender actor didn’t really have the appearance of a police inspector, but his sombre demeanor and the rage in his eyes overcame everything else. Since then, film cops have been measured against Bachchan’s brilliant performance. Zanjeer is a realistic depiction of an honest cop’s life in a nutshell. It started with Bachchan witnessing a bolting horse in a nightmare and ended with him having exacted revenge for his parents’ deaths. His best friend is a Pathan, a goon who changed his ways.
It’s full of scumbags and twisted characters and depicts how police have to associate with criminals to acquire information. Pran gave a heroic performance as Sher Khan, a powerful local dada who is willing to make sacrifices. The street gypsy played by Jaya Bhaduri makes the melancholy inspector smile by falling in love with him.
Deewaar: Amitabh Bachchan thrived in the role of a dockyard coolie who became a mobster and is perplexed as to why his mother abandoned him once he reached adulthood. Deewaar resembled Mother India in that it had a rebellious son who was abandoned by a strong-willed mother for his own benefit. All Vijay wanted was his mother’s love, and his criminal behaviour was only a way to get it by giving in to the allure of quick cash. When he realizes the smile isn’t reaching her eyes, his anguish is audible.
Another standout of the movie was his battle with his younger brother Ravi, who was portrayed by Shashi Kapoor; their confrontation scene has since become legendary. “Mere Paas Maa Hai”, Shashi Kapoor’s response to his elder brother when the latter begins recounting his “achievements,” has become a famous line from the movie.
Agneepath: Amitabh Bachchan has portrayed Vijay in countless movies, but his opening sequence in Agneepath, in which he declares his full name as Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, caused a stir when the movie first came out and has since become a famous quote. On one level, it’s a revenge actioner, but on another, it’s also a sentimental family drama. Although Bachchan appears ready to send his adversaries to hell, he actually has a kind heart that beats for his mother, wife, and sister.
His goals in becoming a criminal include getting vengeance with the person who harmed him and Bachchan is a man on fire for a reason, and he never lets us forget that. When it was first released, the movie tried out a different voice for Bachchan, but subsequently, in response to fan requests, he redubbed the movie in his original voice. Some claim that this mix-up is the reason why it failed to become a hit when it was first released. However, it is now regarded as a cult masterpiece.
Don: Amitabh Bachchan, who plays the real Don, delivers a lesson on how to portray a vicious, heartless monster in the first half. It almost seems like his real wicked twin is playing the part for show. Don (Amitabh Bachchan) is a cunning criminal who consistently outwits the law. Officer D’Silva (Iftekhar) meets Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan), a straightforward villager who takes care of two foster kids. D’Silva prepares Vijay to play Don after Don is murdered in an encounter; Vijay agrees to it for the money. As Don, Vijay re-enters the criminal underground and becomes the talk of the neighbourhood.
Roma (Zeenat Aman), the sister of a guy Don had slain, had infiltrated the gang without Vijay’s knowledge in order to murder Don. Sadly, D’Silva was slain, therefore no one is left to confirm Vijay’s true identity. The underworld is aware that he is not Don, but the cops believe he is. Thankfully, Roma and Jasjit (Pran), the father of the two kids he was looking after, are now helping him. The three beat overwhelming odds to apprehend the genuine underworld boss.
Shakti: In the movie, Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar faced off against each other on the big screen. Bachchan portrayed a rebellious kid who turned to a life of crime in defiance of his policeman father’s rigorous upbringing.
His progression in the criminal ranks was a sort of comeback from Deewaar, but the hurt and isolation he felt towards his own father was dreadfully genuine. One of the best death scenes, starring two outstanding performers at their very best, is the final scene where he is dying in his father’s arms after being shot to death. Smita Patil and Raakhee provided the two male stars in the movie with competent support, while a young Anil Kapoor can be seen in one of his earliest Hindi-language movie performances.
Noteworthy mentions: Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, Shaan, Paa, Black, Piku, Cheeni Kum.
Here’s wising the superstar a Happy Birthday and may he continue his reign.
WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo storms off pitch after throwing his runner’s-up medal into stands
Cristiano Ronaldo and his AL-Nassr side lost the Riyadh Cup to AL Hilal on Saturday. It was a clinical performance from the Al-Hilal side as they won the match 2-0. It was a frustrating night for the Portugal legend as he was heckled by the fans in the crowd.
The cameras panned to Cristiano Ronaldo who was swarmed by his teammates. There were chants cheering on Lionel Messi from the stands. Already peeved after losing the game, Ronaldo lost his cool and threw his medal at the fans.
Watch the video here:
Ronaldo thought he was getting player of the Match/tournament and then left the pitch furiously because he lost both trophies to savic and mitrovic lol 😭pic.twitter.com/1kk5fH4VH5
— ACE (fan) (@FCB_ACEE) February 9, 2024
During the game, Ronaldo was seen showing disgraceful actions towards the AL-Hilal fans. A scarf which was thrown his way saw the Portugal superstar rub it in the most inappropriate area. The 39-year-old earned the ire of the fans after this incident came to light.
AL-Hilal down AL-Nassr to win Riyadh Cup 2024 –
The 2024 Riyadh Cup final saw some amazing football being played. Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles as WWE Superstar The Undertaker came out to place the trophy. Once the action began it was an end-to-end encounter as both teams went hard at goal.
Serbian star Sergej-Milinkovic Savic opened the scoring in the 17th minute of the game. It was two-nil 13 minutes later as Salem Aldaswari scored an amazing goal. That was the end of the contest despite an hour left in the game to be played.
There was no way back for the Al Nassr side as they looked clueless in front of goal. Not many chances were created by Ronaldo and his team. Al Hilal’s defense held their own against a rampaging Al Nassr side in the last few minutes.
There was pandemonium in the stands as the final whistle was sounded and the Al Hilal fans celebrated. There was a chorus of Messi chants which visibly irked Ronaldo at the end of the game.
Ever since his move from Manchester United in late 2022, Cristiano Ronaldo has changed Saudi Football. The likes of Karim Benzema and N Golo Kante are currently playing in the Saudi Pro League. AL Hilal themselves signed noted Brazilian sensation Neymar who sic out injured. With the veteran star in the twilight of his career, this kind of behaviour is least expected from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sandeep Lamichhane convicted of molestation, jailed for eight years
Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been convicted of raping a 17-year-old in 2022. During the case, he kept playing for the team, notably during the Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup qualifier in June last year. After the case was filed, he was playing for eventual winners, Jamaica Tallawahs. The leg-spinner was released from the team and was taken into custody.
“I know I am facing a difficult time of conspiracy and wrongful allegation and the ramification of its effect is something unimaginable. I am sure there must be some mechanism of compensating to the accused who proven to be innocent in our legal system,” he wrote. “I will soon seek legal support against wrongful prosecution and allegation made against me and I am sure I will get the justice and will return to the cricket ground soon to make the name and fame of my beloved country and I pray for speedy trial.”
After landing home, the former Delhi Capitals player claimed that the allegations made against him were baseless.
“All these things affected me mentally on one hand and on the other hand, I had to go through illness, and due to mental stress and ill health I kept myself in isolation. I have been mentally and physically affected by the portrayal and I have reached a state of imbalance and I have been bringing myself back to a normal state under the advice of doctors. My health is gradually improving, and I am planning to return to Nepal as soon as possible to defend against the false complaint against me,” the leggie wrote on Facebook in September 2022.
Talking about the current status, the bench also slapped him with a fine of Rs 300,000 (USD 2255 approx) and ordered him to pay Rs 200,000 (USD 1500 approx) in compensation to the victim. Lamichhane’s lawyer, Saroj Ghimire, told AFP that he “will appeal the decision in a higher court.”
Sandeep Lamichhane’s career at a glance
He is the first Nepal player to play in IPL, PSL, CPL, and several other leagues. He made his international debut at the age of 18
WATCH: Gautam Gambhir makes endearing comment while answering question related to Virat Kohli
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir is believed to have a personal dislike for former India skipper Virat Kohli. Over the years, Gambhir has been critical of the 2008 U19 World Cup-winning captain on a lot of issues. Not to forget, Gambhir has been vocal about not the media should be worshipping individual players.
During a talk show on Star Sports, the two-time World Cup winner was asked about the bowler Kohli faced while completing his 50th ODI hundred. As Gambhir gave the right answer, he also mentioned that his rivalry is with Kohli which stays on the field only.
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Kohli 🤝 Gambhir
That smile at the end tho 😄pic.twitter.com/jSXz2xFUE6
— Ishan Joshi (@ishanjoshii) December 23, 2023
Gambhir then smilingly went on to add:
“Ye aap baar baar dikhana, mujhe sab kuch yaad rehta hai. Ladai meri sirf on the field hai (Please show this clip again and again, I remember everything. My fight is only on the field)”
I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for: Gautam Gambhir
In another conversation. Gambhir said that Kohli must bat the same way against South Africa in the two-match Test series the way he does. Notably, the latter won’t play the practice game as he has come back to India for personal reasons. However, the right-hander will be available for the series.
“It will be in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s minds that Shreyas Iyer, who is on his first tour, will be batting after Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, if he plays, will be playing as a wicketkeeper for the first time. However, I want Virat Kohli to bat with the same intent he is known for.”
India’s squad for Tests: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KL Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Prasidh Krishna, KS Bharat (wk)
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