So Amitabh Bachchan After All Was Just ‘The Biggest Recovery Star’ Of Bollywood

That too in an era of reruns where even unheard of movies like ‘ek naari ek brahamchaari’ were recovering money to be labelled below average.

in an era where not only sholay ran for 5 years in a single theater (unlike ddlj whose print is just ‘lying’ at maratha mandir for record’s sake) but even films like ‘samrat’ celeberated silver jubilee (ever heard of it????) maang bharo sajna by jeetndra celeberated 100 days, hum kisi se kam nahin by rishi kapoor ran for 52 weeks plus at golcha cinema in delhi and all films generally recovered money as a limited number of prints (thus reducing prints cost and helping roi) did the rounds of the interiors at a leisurly pace without any fear of piracy eating into the revenues. if in such an era amitabh bachchan has 28 films that recovered money at a tortoise pace, what is the big deal. for all you knwo, jeetendra cud have an equal number and dharmendra even more.


but on every other scale amitabh bachchan’s career looks ‘overhyped’. to begin with it was just a 10 years long career (1973-1983) after that bachchan has never been able to come up with an exceptional hit, even by filminformation data. secondly he has been able to give the biggest hit of the year only 5 times (roti kapda aur makaan, sholay, amar akbar anthony, muqaddar ka suandar and coolie with one spl apprnce (roti…..) and not a single solo hero one like dabangg, mpk, hahk, boduguard etc.  after 1983 amitabh bachchan has just been basking the the reflected glory of the past and manipulating media (en entire issue of the movie magazine dedicated to him in 1986 with ‘god friend’ vir sanghvi writing the editorial) all those fake polls at the fag end of te last millenium where he was voted world’s greatest star over even marlon brando and harrison ford (one the greatest hollywood star perception wise, other giving maximum number of record breaking successes) getting his statue installed in madame tousadds, getting padma shree etc. but on the box office he has nothing much to show for post 1983.

so it seems amitabh bachchan after all was just the biggest recovery star of the industry with competition in the form of akshay kumar, ajay devgan and mithun chakravarti. (with all due respects to mithun and ajays’ talent they were not able to get that public endorsment year fatre year that is a reflection of true popularity and talent in a democracy, as for akshay well less said the better but what to do. yakuza has put amitabh in akshay caregory with a list of 28 ‘recovery’ films out of 50 odd total hits.

salient points

1. bachchan lags behind in biggest hits of the year. dilip kumar and and salman have  double (8 each), dharmendra has 5 (phool aur paththar, aankhein, seeta geeta, sholay, hukumat) mostly solo hero, srk has one less at 4 (ddlj, kkhh, vera zara, oso) with bachchan’s 5th being a special appearence in roti kapda aur makaan.

2. bachchan lacks solo hero atbbs. he has zero. salman has 2, dilip kumar 1.

3. bachchan lacks even solo hero clean hits. i can only think of zanjeer, don, aaj ka arjun, laaawris, sharaabi, mard, shahensha and may be a couple more. less than 10 solo hero hits is a very poor record i must say.

4. only one film of bachchan has been able to dominate the minds of an entire generation (by numbers not perception ) and that film, sholay, was a multistarrer with dharmendra in equal, may be bigger role, top herine of not that era but biggets ever of bollywood hema malini and topmost character artistes. compare that to salman’s biggest hit hahk (with just madhuri dixit, much smaller than hema malini) and character artistes from tv and still some insist bachchan gets more credit for sholay than salman does for hahk. by what logic? then again salman’s second biggest hit ‘mpk’ was the biggest hit of the 80s but bachchan has no such second film.

5. though bachchan has many film in the 80s that revolved entirely around him in the 80s (coolie, mard, shahensha, aaj ka arjun etc) the sucess was not at the level of dabangg, ready and bodyguard. except coolie none of these films were the biggets hit of the year.

so with such doubtfull credentials, merely on the basis of number of ‘recovery’ hits (as for clean hits he has 25 till 1992 age 50, salman has 19 till bodyguard at age 46) can amitabh bachchan be called the biggets star of bollywopd or just the biggest ‘recovery’ star, that too in an era of reruns?


  1. Jasp the Wasp
    Jasp the Wasp
    March 4, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Let’s have a GREAT laugh at danish’s expense.

    He still can’t see the fact that Salman is nothing in fron of Amitabh, and as has been pointed out, he is far behind SRK. Maratha Mandir is still running DDLJ its not just lying there for records sake. Andhe gadhe kuch bhi biolte hai. I recently went to Mumbai and saw some 20 people buying tickets for DDLJ, this after over 16 years after release and extensive VCD, DVD and download options.

    Faltu mein danish wants to say that BG is more iconic than Sholay and DDLJ. Such BS.

  2. rockie_c83
    March 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Biggest recovery star .. lolzzzz.. Danish Bhai .. :D
    Whatever he recovered till 1992 he has already LOST it post 1994.

    Following is bigb’s disaster list after 1994. Please feel free to add more as there are many more. I have written only the ones which I remembered .. :D

    RGV Ki Aag
    The Last Lear
    Sarkar Raj
    Teen Patti
    Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo
    Kyu Ho Gaya Naa
    Armaan (2003)
    Hum Kisise Kum Nahi
    Ek Rishtaa
    Darna Zaruri Hai
    Hindustan Ki Kasam
    Lal Baadshah

  3. rajeev singh
    rajeev singh
    March 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    @danish BTW srk too have a solo ATBB , that is ddlj…..

  4. rockie_c83
    March 4, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Taran Adarsh also had BG as ATBB.

  5. Rockyy
    March 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    @danish:yeah i agree amitabh is d biggest recovery star of b’wood bt in terms of acting salman is still recovering 4m hs non-acting skills…

  6. rockie_c83
    March 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM


    tera naam mere naam se milta julta hai … par sirf naam hi milta …
    teri soch itni gallat kyu hai ???

  7. Rockyy
    March 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    @rockie : coz i believe in pure n natural acting which is lacking in salman..

  8. beingM
    March 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    BIGGEST RECOVERY STAR ..hillarious danish bhai

  9. Rockyy
    March 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    @danish: i think u dnt believe in pure n natural acting.. Dats y u r so called salman khan fan!!

  10. Jasp the Wasp
    Jasp the Wasp
    March 4, 2012 at 3:17 PM


    Who says that your thinking is correct eh? A bunch of Sallu-loving retards? Good good!


    Phir se shuru ho gaya stupid stuff like footfalls. New thing : democratic endorsement. By that way, Salman is totally nothing in cities; yes, great democratic endorsement.

  11. Tashan
    March 4, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    tera salman tau bechara recovery star bhi nahi…

  12. therealdon99
    March 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Danish the moment i read your name on the article i refused to read the post as your comments are VOID!!!

    When you claimed that salman khan is a bigger legend than Mohd Rafi. Only an idiot will read what you have to write!!

    Your posts and articles have become VOID!!

    I still cannot get over the fact that you wrote that Salman Khan is a bigger legend than Kishore Kumar and Mohd rafi! lol. That has to be the most sickening joke i have ever heard!

    Kahan Salman Khan aur Kahan Mohd Rafi! Zameeen Asmaaaan Fark.

    Your comments are VOID. and will NEVER read what you have to say. I think you need a mental checkup!

  13. Ank
    March 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Another post from danish about amitabh….jo har man le woh danish nahi.

  14. Ihab
    March 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Bah! Same stale and boring discussion continues… Time for Yakuza to hit back with a yawn inducing “revelation” of just how big Big B was and then for Danish to counter with mind numbing post about Big B, the recovery star part 2.

    1. Yakuza
      March 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Yeah, its Stale and boring .. actually i have given up. Bhains ke aage kab tak been bajayenge. Most of my response to Danish is links of work done in last week . because all answers lies within.

  15. Rockyy
    March 4, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    While salman is one of d 3 greatest stars…… Phir se joke maara:p

  16. ragingbull
    March 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Diarrhea of the Mouse…period.

    1. Yakuza
      March 4, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      LMAOOOOO .. comment of the week .. :D

    2. Yakuza
      March 4, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Today is one liner day … first Paan singh Tomar … and now this .. :D

  17. Yakuza
    March 4, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Ha Ha .. Actually you are right this time Danish .. But only partially. Amitabh is biggest recovery star who recover Bollywood from its tough time.

    From this comparative list, it is clear that

    1. Amitabh is BAAP of biggest Recoveries.
    2. Amitabh is BAAP of biggest Hits.
    3. Amitabh is BAAP of Super Hits.
    4. Amitabh is BAAP of Super Duper Hits.



  18. Rahul
    March 4, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    wow…salman toh srk se bhi piche hai

  19. dhaanu
    March 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    The nonsense that goes on here in the name of fandom makes you never want to come here.

  20. Jasp the Wasp
    Jasp the Wasp
    March 4, 2012 at 9:12 PM


    Salman SRK ke piche nahin, BAHUT BAHUT piche hai. There’s nothing new in that, though obviously Amitabhji is BAHUT BAHUT aage of SRK.

    Bad job of Hinglish :P .


    “Salman is BAAP of flops”

    Say something new please.

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