Amitabh Bachchan, Anand Pandit, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Aamir Khan and Sajid Nadiadwala’s contributions to the industry are seemingly inexhaustible In Bollywood, there are noteworthy examples of celebrities who have transcended age barriers, have displayed resilience and determination, and are refusing to let time impede their pursuit of milestones.
In their successful journeys, they have embraced fresh roles, confronted challenges, expanded into new industries, shattered stereotypes, and definitively proved that age is merely a number. Whether acting, directing, or producing movies, they exemplify how passion and ambition can transcend age limits. Here is a compilation of these “dil se jawan” personalities.
Coming from a family with a profound legacy in film production, Sajid Nadiadwala entered the industry at a tender age. At 21, he became an assistant director to hitmaker J P Dutta, subsequently launching his own production house at 25. With a portfolio of over 35 films, he remains one of the industry’s leading producers. In the mid-2000s, he ventured into scriptwriting, achieving significant success with the superhit ‘Housefull.’ He then expanded into direction with ‘Kick’ (2014). From action-packed blockbusters to entertaining comedies, Nadiadwala consistently delivers box office hits, underlining the importance of staying updated and maintaining a youthful mindset to connect with audiences of all ages. His journey will continue in 2024 with the fifth edition of the ‘Housefull’ franchise.
Amitabh Bachchan’s enduring film journey is a saga of dizzying stardom, setbacks, and a mighty comeback. Across six decades, he has showcased an unparalleled ability to stay relevant. From the mid-1970s to the late 1980s, he reigned as a one-man industry. And overcame multiple health and professional challenges to rise higher than before. He transitioned to the small screen with the hugely successful ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ in 2000. Swiftly becoming a household name again, and with the subsequent success of movies like ‘Mohabbatein’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, Big B’s streak of stardom continued to grow and he has never looked back. Bachchan is now a formidable force in Bollywood and his inspiring career is a testimony to his determination, discipline and indicative of the abundance of possibilities one can explore when one decides to renovate oneself and move forward with the times.
The man behind Anand Pandit Motion Pictures embodies an age-defying and multifaceted success. Anand Pandit is not only a dynamic film producer and distributor but also a prominent player in the expansive real estate sector. His success as a producer is rooted in his creative talent to identify subjects that resonate with audiences, especially the younger generation. Apart from mainstream Bollywood, Pandit has successfully expanded his production house’s reach to regional movie industries, contributing to nearly 30 movies in production and distribution. The recent success of the Gujarati blockbuster ‘Tron Ekka’ underscores Pandit’s strategic move to explore new markets, recognising the impact of compelling content in transcending linguistic barriers. In the real estate sector, Lotus Developers, Pandit’s venture, has provided prime dream spaces to some of Bollywood’s most popular celebrities in and around Mumbai.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
The 71-year-old producer, director, and writer stands out as one of Bollywood’s most prolific and respected names for his ability to captivate generations of audiences with diverse and rich cinematic content. While the 90s generation remembers him for superhits like ‘Parinda’, ‘1942- A Love Story’, and ‘Mission Kashmir’, his transition from producer-director to producer-writer, collaborating with Rajkumar Hirani, has birthed remarkable ventures like ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’, ‘3 Idiots’, and ‘PK’ in the next two decades. The current generation is experiencing the significant impact he can create, evident in his new venture ’12th Fail’ —the Vikrant Massey starrer- which has already generated immense excitement and anticipation ahead of its scheduled release at the end of October.
From the chocolate boy image of the 90s to the unparalleled body of work he has to his name today , Aamir Khan’s ability to successfully adapt to changing times is evident. Over the years, he has not only aged gracefully but has also evolved into one of the most respected and accomplished actors in the industry. Known for his dedication and commitment to his roles, Aamir Khan has undergone physical transformations, pushed his limits, and ventured into diverse genres. From the youthful charm of ‘Dil Chahta hai’ to the incredible physicality of ‘Ghajini,’ the brilliance of the endearing Wangdu in ‘3 Idiots’, and the nuanced portrayal of a father in ‘Dangal,’ his filmography is a testament to his versatility. His careful selection of roles and decision to limit the number of releases have allowed him to deliver films that meet the audience’s expectations. Additionally, his remarkable entry into direction with ‘Taare Zameen Par’ (2007) and his role as a producer in outstanding movies like ‘Lagaan’ (2001) showcase his continued multifaceted contributions to the industry.