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Unusually Amitabh

Contrary to what that everpresent Angry Young Man tag will have you believe, Amitabh Bachchan has frequently turned his back on convention.

So as the nation readies to see him play a 60-year-old in love with his daughter's pretty friend, 18 in Nishabd, we decided to take a trip down nostalgia lane and revisit Amitabh's unconventional romances.

Saudagar (1973)

In this strikingly tragic Sudhendu Roy film, Bachchan plays Moti, a jaggery seller who marries Majhubhi (Nutan), superb at the craft of extracting gud. His motive is to make enough money using Nutan to pay the dowry to marry the love of his life, a village girl played by Padma Khanna.

The concept is jarring for its ruthlessness, and while the film eventually shows the leading man returning to Nutan, he is hardly repentant -- it is more the realisation that the village girl can't make gud. A sad, haunting film.

Text: Raja Sen


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