Bunty Aur Babli: They Don’t Make Masala Films Like That Anymore

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Bunty Aur Babli: They Don’t Make Masala Films Like That Anymore

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ack in 2005, Amitabh Bachchan collaborated with his son, Abhishek Bachchan, and the latter’s rumoured flame at the time, Rani Mukherji, on two vastly different but highly successful films. There was Ram Gopal Varma’s stirring Sarkar, where Big B essayed a fictionalised version of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray and Abhishek played his upright son. And, then there was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s evocative Black, where he played a mentor to a blind-and-deaf Rani Mukherji.

Later that year, all three of them came together for the casting coup of the decade: Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli. Not only was it the first reel-life pairing of the Bachchan men, (Sarkar had yet to release), but was also padded up with an unforgettable item number by a saucy Aishwarya Rai.

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