In this Bollywood feature, we have decided to present the greatest film of some of the biggest male actors from the Indian film industry. A number of factors have been taken into account while preparing the list and you are entitled to your own choices.
So, here are the some of the best works by some of our favorite heroes:
1. Shahrukh Khan (DDLJ):
Shahrukh ‘King’ Khan has gifted us a slew of romantic flicks over the last 2 decades and many of them have stood the test of time. However, if you have to recommend one film to a foreigner (who hasn’t watched SRK’s films) then it has to be DDLJ or ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’.
Playing a flamboyant, carefree lad who likes to flirt around with saucy girls and eventually falls truly in love with a simple, Indian girl whom he meets on a Euro trip, Shahrukh wooed and wowed the audiences in this Yash Chopra classic. This film also took SRK to unparallel heights of stardom and his super sparkling chemistry with co-star Kajol made them the hottest ‘jodi’ of Bollywood. No doubt, this is one SRK film you can’t help falling in love with and is the greatest work done by the actor.
Films that came close: Films that came close to being the best in our list and marginally lost to DDLJ are ‘Devdas’ and ‘Chak De India’.
2. Salman Khan (Maine Pyar Kiya)
Salman Khan, the original hunk, has dished out an array of films of various genres portraying a legion of characters from an endearing lover boy to playing a ‘Bodyguard’. And some of his recent films have made history at the box office but when we look back at his career, we find that his 1st big film ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ is the one that has all the essential elements required to be christened his best film.
Made in the late 80s, this Sooraj Barjatya film made Salman an overnight sensation and his screen name of ‘Prem’ became almost his second name. A soft romantic tale, MPK had a touching storyline, impeccable performances, brilliant direction and some of the most memorable songs. But it was Salman’s flamboyant screen presence, his chocolate boy look and his superb equation with a relatively sedate ‘Suman’ (played by Bhagyashree) set the tone for the film and made it one of the most watchable Salman Khan films of all times.
Films that came close: Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Wanted, Dabangg, Hum Saath Saath Hain
3. Aamir Khan (Lagaan)
Aamir Khan or Bollywood’s Midas man is currently on a roll and seems to be doing no wrong. Though he has been in the industry since the mid-80s and is one of the most senior actors, his dominance has reached new heights in the past decade.
With so many mind-blowing films to choose from, it was a very difficult job to zero on into one single film that could be hailed as his greatest. Yet the aura surrounding his history-making film ‘Lagaan’ simply allowed others no chance of taking the crown.
Considered one of the greatest sports films of all times, ‘Lagaan’ was a period piece that finely blurred the line between reality & fiction as India’s history was perfectly blended with sports to conjure up a riveting and heart-rending film. Aamir played ‘Bhuvan’, a simple, rustic lad of a fictitious remote Indian village called ‘Champaner’, who rebelled against the atrocities of British officers and accepted their challenge of playing a cricket match. Everything was at stake in this one game and the villagers had no knowledge about this traditional British game. How ‘Bhuvan’ gathered forces, learnt the game and posed a mighty challenge in this on-field sporting battle between British Raj vs. Indian villagers, makes for a an enthralling, nail-biting watch! ‘Lagaan’ went on to make a mark on the global stage and got nominated in the Oscars. Aamir Khan not just dished out an impeccable performance but also produced this mega film.
Films that came close: Dil Chahta Hai, Taare Zameen Par, 3 Idiots, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
4. Hrithik Roshan (Koi Mil Gaya)
Hrithik Roshan had a dream debut in Papa’s ‘Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’ and immediately took the centre stage flexing his beefy muscles and conquering female hearts with his electric smile. But it was ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ that revived his sinking career and established him as someone who can go to any lengths to get into the skin of his character.
‘Koi Mil Gaya’ saw the green-eyed actor playing an autistic character ‘Rohit’ whose accidental encounter with an alien sets the tone for a beautiful friendship, grit and poignancy. While the edge-of-a-seat storyline was itself extremely dramatic and kept the viewers hooked, it was Hrithik’s powerful performance, his childish tone during dialogue delivery and his complete transformation into his character that won him a cabinet of trophies that year. The film wiped off all gossips of Hrithik being a one-film wonder and came after a slew of flops & super flops. Though, eventually, Hrithik went on to do some big films, it was KMG that made his endearing, innocent character extremely memorable.
Films that came close: Dhoom 2, Jodha Akbar, Guzaarish
5. Akshay Kumar (Hera Pheri)
Akshay Kumar, though popularly christened the action boy of Bollywood, did his greatest work in a comic caper ‘Hera Pheri’. Considered one of the greatest comedy films of all times and certainly the best of the modern Bollywood movies, ‘Hera Pheri’ was watched and re-watched again and again. It still garners a huge TRP every time it is shown on prime time TV.
‘Hera Pheri’ was a rib-tickling film revolving around 3 men (Akshay, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty) who get embroiled in a kidnapping case due to a faulty telephone network (cross-connection). While the trio aspires to win big money and change their depressing financial fortunes, they eventually risk their lives to save a hapless child in a pleasant comedy of errors. All and all, the film is a laughathon and it also established the maverick Akshay as the new king of comedies. Paresh Rawal’s character of ‘Babubhai’, an old, endearing, alcohol-loving eccentric man, made a permanent mark in the history books.
Films that came close: Other great Akshay Kumar films include Khiladi, Ajnabee, Khakee and Namastey London.
So, dear readers, do you agree/disagree with our list? Feel free to scribble down on the ‘comment’ section.