Birthday Love: Five of Abhishek Bachchan’s loved-up characters

Priyanka Borua Vo



In his almost two decade plus career, Abhishek Bachchan has enthralled us with performances throughout various genres. We’ve seen him grow from the young romantic, to the don’t-mess-with-me middle age cop, to an unassuming gangster. He’s made us laugh, cry, and heartily enjoy his many avatars, but his romantic portrayals have marked good territory in his film career. Bachchan will be turning 45 on the 5th of February and takes a walk down memory lane with five of his much in love romantic characters.

Rakesh Trivedi ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ (2005)
Bachchan played conman Rakesh Trivedi alias Bunty in this Shaad Ali comedy. He is determined to make a name for himself and not follow in his father’s footsteps to become a slave to the railways. Rakesh’s big dreams take him to a new city and future wife Vimmi (Rani Mukerji). His con jobs are simple with her around and they continue making it big with each passing day. Rakesh soon realizes that Vimmi is not only his partner in crime but her smile, laughter, and simple mind is what makes his heart beat too. Bachchan’s versatile performance as Rakesh put him on the map, but his undeniable chemistry with Mukerji was the definite highlight of the film.

Rishi Talwar – ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ (2006)
This Karan Johar romantic-drama saw Bachchan play Rishi, a childlike, affectionate, and unsuspecting husband to Rani Mukerji’s character Maya. Rishi loves to joke, party, and take every day as it comes with his very proper wife. He is looking for romance in a loveless marriage and tries his best to see that same amount of love in Maya’s eyes. Bachchan plays his character wholeheartedly in this multi-starrer and you can’t help but sympathize with his plight.

Amol Arte ‘Paa’ (2009)
Bachchan’s portrayal as Amol in R. Balki’s ‘Paa’ was perhaps the most moving of his year. While he played ‘father’ to Amitabh Bachchan’s character Auro, his romance with Vidya, played by Vidya Balan was unlikely and fresh. Abhishek played a much in love university aged boy who was out to seize the world. The immaturity and love that he emphasized as a young Amol was relatable and a breakaway from the serious and responsible characters he had played in the past.

Bittu Tiwari – ‘Ludo’ (2020)
Bachchan is no one new to the fantasy world of crime. He formed one of the pieces of the ‘Ludo’ board created by Anurag Basu. His character Bittu was a well known gangster and his love story with wife Asha (Asha Negi) remained incomplete because of it. Bittu and Asha’s love story seemed to be playful but innocent, and Bachchan’s longing for his short lived romance was heartfelt. The audience certainly walked away craving more Bittu romance.

Sameer Acharya ‘Dostana’ (2008)
Bachchan played the smart and witty Sam in Tarun Mansukhani’s  romantic-comedy ‘Dostana’.  Sam is everyone’s favorite friend who is there for you regardless of the situation, and was loved for the same by Neha (Priyanka Chopra Jonas). Sam and Neha share a bond of trust and respect, which makes it hard for him to profess his undeniable love for her. Bachchan’s comic timing and earnest performance as a lovestruck Sam proved exciting and a game changer for the film.

Abhishek Bachchan has some big releases to look forward to in 2021 and here’s hoping his birthday is as grand as the new year. wishes Abhishek a very happy birthday!