Like Father… Unlike Son

In Bollywood, there are a quite a few names who haven’t lived up to their illustrious lineages. What’s holding them back?
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Like Father… Unlike Son
Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

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Some prodigal Bollywood sons of megastars have made a mark for themselves and lived up to their fathers’ images on the silver screen. But some have had the opposite fate as they struggle to live up to the burden of their second name. We look at the career trajectories of some really talented actors who simply couldn’t match up to their over-achieving fathers. 

Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan

Father vs son movies:

Amitabh Bachchan: Deewar, Zanjeer, Sholay, Kabhie Kabhie, Sarkaar, Paa etc

Top five Abhishek Bachchan films: Bluffmaster, Guru, Paa, Bol Bachchan, Dhoom series.

Advantage Amitabh: Amitabh Bachchan is like vintage grape; the older he grows the more we tend to love him. He still rocks the silver screen with his magical acting skills and that famous baritone.  

Advantage Abhishek: Abhishek is well-spoken, realistic and has an appealing personality. Abhishek definitely has the voice and an innate sense of humour to charm you. Chivalry and staying grounded runs in the Bachchan family and Abhishek carries that in his DNA

Disadvantage Abhishek: The problem with Abhishek isn’t his acting skills but his choices. In a recent interview Abhishek was quoted as saying “It’s important to choose films properly.” Quite ironic considering some of selections were doomed to begin with. Bachchan Jr comes across as too laidback and chilled out amidst the ambitious go-getter young guns in the industry. Perhaps it’s time he changed his attitude, his films and his trainer!

Dharmendra and Bobby Deol

Father vs son movies:

Dharmendra: Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Sholay, Hukumat etc.

Top five Bobby Deol movies: Barsaat, Gupt, Soldier, Ajnabee, Yamla Pagla Deewana.

Advantage Dharmendra: ‘Garam Dharam’ was the original macho man. Right from the beginning of his career in the ‘60s till now, he rules billions of hearts with his power-packed performances. Be it sensitive roles or action-packed thrillers, he is a complete actor.     

Advantage Bobby: Unlike big brother Sunny, Bobby Deol did not cash in on his father’s legacy of being a one-man-army. In his heydays Bobby was hot. He had excellent screen presence and fairly good acting chops as well.

Disadvantage Bobby: Bobby started off well with films like Gupt and Soldier. But then he made the mistake of trying to be a cross between the Punjab da puttar and cool dude. As younger, sexier names stormed Bollywood, Bobby retreated further into his shell coming out only to do some atrocious films.

Feroz and Fardeen Khan

Father vs son movies

Feroz Khan: Qurbaani, Apradh, Kachche Dhage, Jaanbaaz.

Top five Fardeen Khanfilms: Pyar Tune Kya Kiya, All the Best, No Entry, Hey Baby.

Advantage Feroz: Feroz Khan sexy back with his cowboy swagger, swanky clothing and fast cars. Hema Malini once said, “I was already seeing Dharamji then, but I must say that Feroz Khan had all the qualities for a girl to get attracted to him!”  He was equally explosive in intense and charming roles like he played in Apradh, Qurbani and Jaanbaaz, and also in hilarious roles like Welcome.

Advantage Fardeen: Fardeen certainly has the looks, the dress sense and the suave personality that reminds us of Feroz Khan in his youth. He has the panache and a very likable and pleasant tone and personality.

Disadvantage Fardeen: Fardeen has failed to recreate the magic so far despite of his dapper looks. His decade long career in Bollywood has been marked with mediocre films and terrible acting. Wisely he seems to have realized that Bollywood is not meant for him. 

Jeetendra and Tusshar Kapoor

Father vs son movies:

Jeetendra Kapoor: Caravan, Tohfa, Mawaali etc.   

Top five Tusshar Kapoor films: Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, Kya Kool Hai Hum 1 & 2, Golmaal Series, Shoot out at Lokhandwala, The Dirty Picture.

Advantage Jeetendra: The Jumping Jack of Bollywood, Jeetendra, mesmerized the silver screen with his desi Elvis appeal. This star was the kingpin of commercial cinema and the dancing legend of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. During this time, Jeetendra worked with all the top actresses and gave some golden jubilee hits. Advantage Tusshar:  Tusshar undoubtedly has the innocent and affable appeal of his father. And his comic roles have been appreciated more than his character-oriented roles.

Disadvantage Tusshar:  Apart from his comic capers there is not much to write about Tusshar. This actor has delivered bad films in a series post his debut and the only successful solo film was Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai. It wouldn’t be a miserable thing to say that Tusshar and Uday Chopra belong to the same class in acting school.