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Mani Ratnam's Yuva was something of a breakthrough for Abhishek, who until then, had been bogged down by some awful films, and had practically zero hits to his credit. In this film he shone as a Bihari goon Lallan Singh, and it was the first of many films in which he was paired with Rani Mukerji, with whom he shared a delectable chemistry.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)
KANK was predominantly an SRK-Rani vehicle, but it was Abhishek who walked away unscathed from this big budget disappointment. As Rishi Talwar, the hubby with a heart of gold, audiences were rooting for his character right till the end and couldn't fathom why Rani chooses SRK's dead pan cynical character over Abhishek.
With Guru the Bachchan-Ratnam combo scored again, and this film by far remains one of Abhishek's best performances. The biography, loosely based on Dhirubhai Ambani's life wowed both critics and audiences alike, and they finally accepted real life couple Abhi-Ash's on screen pairing too after several turkeys at the box office.
Dostana was special for several reasons. It was the first time a mainstream film talked openly about homosexuality, and it was also the first time that audiences took more to the bromance in the film (John-Abhishek), as opposed to the actual romance with heroine Priyanka Chopra. While John-Priyanka stunned with the pciture perfect makeovers, it was ultimately Abhishek who won us over with his impeccable comic timing.
Again Paa was more about Vidya and dad Amitabh Bachchan, but Abhishek brought a certain grace and dignity to his cold hearted yet determined politician's character, which is ultimately why it makes this list.
Bol Bachchan (2012)
In this loud and silly Rohit Shetty film, it was only Abhishek in a dual role and his portrayal of the gay character especially that had audiences rolling in the aisles. By no means his best, and yet this film to date is the biggest hit ofhis 50 film old CV.