We've all heard of bathroom singers, but Big B rocking it out in a toilet with a jet spray as his mike?
The legendary star has pulled it off with the usual chutzpah that all his songs have carried over the years. Along with his varying style statements - from ghetto 'bling' attire with Adnan Sami in 'Kabhi Nahin' to frocked smocks in 'Eer Beer Phatte' and now a scruffy white jacket and blue denims in 'Piddly' from 'Shamitabh', his husky baritone has never failed to disappoint. His switch from crude Hindi to polished English rap only add to his multifariousness.
Bachchan's singing career was launched in 1979 with Rakesh Kumar's 'Mr. Natwarlal,' a comedy-action film where he sang a children's song 'Mere Paas Aao'. 36 years later, Piddly's fetching tune (composed by Illaiyaraaja) combined with his rough, untrained voice and booming personality is already catching on, even if the lyrics border on below average. In addition to starring Bachchan and South Indian star Dhanush, 'Shamitabh' launches debutant Akshara Haasan, and is expected to release on February 6, 2015.
The actor's rendition of 'Ekla Chalo Re' for 'Kahani' in 2012 has also remained one of his more soulful, sweeter numbers of the many he has sung over the years. The actor has also lent his voice as narrator to iconic movies such as Lagaan (2001) and Luc Jacquet's March Of The Penguins (2005). His monologue in the song 'Kabhi Kabhi' is a haunting rendition cherished by romantics for all time to come.
All in all, whatever the song, the actress, or the year, Bachchan's performances on stage and behind the mike have always plodded through unperturbed, and appear to continue with Piddly.
Along with his latest release, Piddly, here's a look at some of his songs over the years.