10 Times Amitabh Bachchan Forayed With A Cameo Outside Bollywood

10 Times Amitabh Bachchan Forayed With A Cameo Outside Bollywood

1 Jun 18 @ 9:42 AM | By Ravi

We have seen him in different avatars; we have liked him, adored him and idolized him. Amitabh Bachchan needs no introduction to any Indian; the iconic actor has had a phenomenal journey spreading close to five decades starting from ‘Saat Hindustani’ to the recently released ‘102 Not Out’. No doubt, the veteran actor has proved himself with his performances time and again in Bollywood but not many know that he has forayed into other regional films too where he has played crucial cameos and lent his voice as a narrator. As the iconic actor turns a year older, we look into some of his screen appearances which he did outside Bollywood.

[NB: We have not included ‘The Last Lear’ film which was a Bollywood flick made in English and also didn't considered his non-Bollywood flicks where he featured as a narrator.]

  1. Manam – 2014 (Telugu)

    The latest and most memorable cameo of the superstar where he had a guest appearance in this film which saw for the first and last time the three generations of Akkineni family on screen. Also, it was the last time one saw Telugu veteran actor, A. Nageswara Rao on the silver screen. The film was a major hit which dealt with various time periods and the concept of rebirth and eternal love. 

  2. The Great Gatsby – 2013 (English)

    Amitabh Bachchan plays a cameo as Meyer Wolfsheim in this Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire period romantic drama which was based on the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbour Nick. This Australian-American flick directed by Baz Luhrmann was Big B’s first venture into Hollywood which met with lukewarm response.

  3. Ganga Devi – 2012 (Bhojpuri)

    This was another Bhojpuri film based on a political drama which he did for his long-time friend and make-up man, Deepak Sawant who had turned producer and wanted the superstar to do another cameo, this time with his real wife Jaya Bachchan. The film was directed by Abhishek Chadha which had Pakkhi Hegde playing the titular role and also starred Gulshan Grover who played the antagonist.

  4. Kandahar – 2010 (Malayalam)

    Based on the hijacking incident of the Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999 in Kandahar, this action thriller directed by Major Ravi saw Amitabh Bachchan sharing screen space with superstar Mohanlal in Malayalam cinema for the first time. Though the duo had earlier acted in Ram Gopal Varma’s Aag but this time he had a smaller role where he played father to actor Ganesh Venkatraman who happens to be a part of Mohanlal’s action squad. 

  5. Ganga – 2006 (Bhojpuri)

    Another action potboiler Bhojpuri drama film which had him playing a pivotal role where he was pitted opposite Bhojpuri film superstars Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari. The film was produced by his makeup man friend for years, Deepak Sawant and directed by Abhishek Chadha which also featured Hema Malini and Nagma as the female leads.

  6. Amrutha Varsham – 2006 (Telugu)

    Amrutha Varsham in Telugu was a remake of the Kannada hit ‘Amrithadhare’ which again was directed by N. Chandrashekhar where Amitabh reprised his role of a cameo. The film had Sameer Dattani and Ramya playing the lead which had some nice melodies but didn’t receive the expected accolades compared to its original. This film marked Big B’s first on-screen appearance in Telugu cinema.


    Amrutha Varsham
    Amrutha Varsham
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  8. Amrithadhare – 2005 (Kannada)

    His first cameo in a Kannada film which was producedand directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar. Though Big B played himself in thefilm, his cameo didn’t go unnoticed adding sheen to the family drama whichdealt with the tribulations of a newly married couple who undergo varioussituations despite possessing different personalities. The film was a hit andwas well received by the audiences.

  9. Akka - 1994 (Marathi)

    Akka was a Marathi film that he shot for during his sabbatical from films which he took from 1992-1997. During this period, he didn’t sign any Bollywood film as he wanted to spend time with his family. He appeared in this song along with his wife Jaya Bachchan which was a devotional song and served as the highlight of the movie. Watch the song below. 


  10. Paan Khaye Saiyan Hamaar – 1984 (Bhojpuri)

    This was Amitabh’s first foray into Bhojpuri films which many thought was a dubbed version of his Bollywood dacoit drama of 1978, Ganga Ki Saugand. He had a special appearance (along with Rekha) where he played Nahar Singh, the dacoit. The film was directed by Sujit Kumar who also played the lead.

    Paan Khaye Saiyan Hamaar
    Paan Khaye Saiyan Hamaar
  11. Walayati Babu – 1981 (Punjabi)

    The first time Amitabh Bachchan cameoed outside Bollywood. This Punjabi comedy flick had comedian Mehar Mittal playing the titular role which also had Reena Roy and Nasir Hussain. Big B has a minuscule role where he dances in a number along with Reena Roy. The film was directed by Dharam Kumar. Watch a song from the film.