(Toofan, 1989, by Ketan "son of Manmohan" Desai )
It's raining wacky Amitabh clips! Keep 'em comin'! This one came my way from the evil genius of Teleport City, who has no doubt already purchased a copy of it, which means we can all look forward to it getting the royal treatment. Right?!?
If you go by the comments on the youtube - which can be a dangerous strategy, as many of them tend to be racist, sexist, ignorant, and/or very badly spelled - this is a beloved childhood movie of many. I believe I've been told that Shashi got all sorts of flack for doing any ol' project that came his way (despite the admirable purpose of putting his paycheck towards the family theater), and I wonder if Amitabh faced similar criticism for some of these kinds of things? (Or maybe Toofan isn't nearly as bad as it looks based on this clip?) Did Amitabh get to do "Disco Bhangra" scot-free because of who he was (or had been, at that point)? Or did a significant portion of viewers snigger at the time?
So please, write in and discuss Amitabh's artistic slump - and tell me all about Toofan, too. The fact that I've never heard of it just shows how much I have to learn.
That said, I think Amitabh's late 80s-90s slump had several reasons:
1- Late 80s- Romance was back in Bollywood w/ Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak- everyone wanted Aamir and Sallu- Amit's 70s machismo was out.
2- He had done a small poitical stint that left him broke.
3- He floated ABCL in the early 90s- which went bankrupt and relly left him open to doing whatever came his way.
4- Honestly, I personally think he was struggling to remain looking youthful and doing youthful roles- when he clealry should have moved on. Unfortunately Bollywood didnt offer very many "mature" lead roles at the time.
Kind of reminds of me when another favorite actor of mine (Harrison Ford) could do no wrong in Hollywood but then came a stretch of not-so-smart-nor-age-appropriate roles that just killed me. Thankfully Indy IV is coming out this summer so he can redeem himself ;)
I'd like to add to what people have said up above by providing two more samples of The bachchan's stellar late 80s work: Ajooba (arabian fantasy! available on youtube! watch him fight puppet sea godzilla!) and Jadugar (incompetent magician meets evil swami! on Youtube!).
here's the tiger scene from Ajooba: http://youtube.com/watch?v=quRO4jDoK4o
Actually, the "la la la!"s buy and sell me. So maybe it's not so bad, really. There's a certain childlike earnestness to this clip.
I would like to think that they went back and checked out his earlier films and that their 'favorite' movie eventually changed. Case in point, Sir Alec Guiness. 'Star Wars' is my favorite movie that he is in - a fact that he just absolutely abhorred. He did the film for a quick paycheck and never imagined it would be the one he was remembered for as opposed to 'The Bridge over River Kwai' and other classics.
Sanket - The Harrison Ford comparison is making this sink home for me in a whole new way. Gah. I am so excited about Indi IV!
indiequill - Heehee! We all have our guilty childhood pleasures. I am desperate to see Ajooba and am pretty sure my life will not be complete until I get my hands on it. Can't wait!
PPCC - There's a lot to enjoy, is there not?
But they can't stop him. (Read this last sentence in US monster trucks announcer voice.)