Big B magic: 25 years later, still looking for Vijay!
Can Amitabh Bachchan give a performance like Dilip Kumar of Shakti? Yes and No. Yes, because he is undoubtedly capable. No, because to give such a terrific performance of a no non-sense scrupulously honest cop and father, you got to have a son (on screen) like Amitabh Bachchan of Shakti.
Now, where would you find such an intense Vijay who can give a “takkar” to DCP Ashwini Kumar? Remember the restrained under-played portrayal of a son-gone-awry who has this love-hate relationship with his father? It was said at that time that Dilip Kumar outshone Amitabh, but I believe otherwise. It was actually the angry young man who towered above the thespian. But that’s not the point of contention here.