How did Amitabh Bachchan transform the concept of a chocolaty hero?

Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most successful actors in the cinema industry. Bachchan's portrayal of the wronged hero fighting a crooked system and circumstances of deprivation in films like Zanjeer, Deewaar, etc., resonated with the masses of the time, especially the youth who harbored a simmering discontent due to social ills such as poverty, hunger, unemployment, corruption, social inequality.

1 For his lanky frame, dusky complexion, and baritone voice. The film stars, especially the heroes were almost always fair, handsome chocolate boys in those days (Dev Anand, Rajendra Kumar, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Rajesh Khanna for example. Amitabh Bachchan single-handedly demolished this stereotype and brought about a sea change in the hero image.

2 For creating the iconic “Angry Young Man” image. He became the symbol of the first generation of post-independent youth and effectively portrayed their angst & alienation.

3 For being the only Indian actor to win a whopping four National Awards for Best Actor (Male) which none has surpassed so far. While he won his first award as a hero in his first innings, he won three in the later part of his career with compelling performances in complex character roles.

4 For emerging Phoenix like from his failures in politics and business and reach the zenith again with his anchoring of the “Kaun Banega Crorepati” game show. Though the same program has been replicated by many top stars in different Indian languages, nobody could capture the originality, spontaneity, and novelty brought about by Amitabh Bachchan.

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