Time and again we have had stories of our actors doing romantic roles, action packed roles and some mad cap slapstick comedies as well, but there are times when we see our favourite male icons don the look of the local tapori with flourish. While Ranbir’s tapori look from Besharam is making news waves at the centre, we take a look at some of the best Tapori acts from our Bolly-world.
Hailing from a filmy family of sorts, Salman’s initial entailment into films faced a lot of hiccups with most of his films failing to work on the big screen, but what saved him from disappearing was Maine Pyaar Kiya. Amidst all the love-shuv-tey-Salman-Khan, his tapori act as Saajan and Baaghi failed to reprise his earlier craze generated by MPK. But when Salman played the double role in Judwaa, ceetees and taalis followed. As the precocious Raja, the local tapori, Salman perfected his duplicate act and made Judwaa entertaining.
A perfectionist of sorts, Aamir, also trod into the tapori arena with some stellar performances in both Ghulam and Rangeela. The brilliant scene in the restaurant where tapori Munna claims, ‘mere paas bohut paisa hai’ in an act of typical lower class attitude, still stands as by far, the best scenes in cinematic history. The naughtiness and the perkiness in both Munna and Siddhu paved way for a delightful watch as Aamir stole the show with Ae kya bolti tu!
Shah Rukh Khan
A tale of war, vengeance and gang-ship, Josh had Shah Rukh playing the role of a tapori Max with immense aplomb. From the diction to the maneuvers, everything was picture perfect. And apun bola tu meri laila in SRK’s voice added the much needed gravitas. Goa-ian Max along with his sister played by the beautiful Ash left the audiences smitten as we cheered them all along.
Depicting the life story of gangster Maya bhai, Vivek Oberoi nailed with assumed panache in the first edition of the Shootout series. From ae ganpaat chal daru la to the extreme hardcore tapori-pana, Vivek Oberoi’s Maya bhai carved a niche for itself much due to all this hullaboo.
Personally the most favourite tapori performance of mine till date, Manoj Bajpayee’s acting prowess took him to the pinnacles of super success as Satya enjoyed a 100 day run at thee box office, catapulting Manoj to the status of a star overnight. Our favourite scene: When Manoj’s Bhiku proclaims, “Mumbai ka king kaaun? Bhiku Mhatre”. Sad that a director with so much potential as RGV got lost into the dungeons of gibberish film making! Get back Raamu. We need more Bhiku and Munnas from you!
Always considered a garbage of sorts from one of the most prominent filmy families of all times, the Chopras, this certain Chopra however failed to make his presence felt on the hindi film industry. But one role that was tailor made for Uday was Dhoom’s effervescent and the most vibrant character, that of Ali. As the local tapori. Uday shines in the act and makes Dhoom immensely entertaining and fortunately or unfortunately, Ali is the one thing that makes us adore Uday! Sorry, bro.
India’s poster boy, the adorable chocolate hero turned minds to do something very variant and he failed. Imran’s Aslam needed the dash of charisma and flamboyance which somehow the actor lacked, and the film OUATIMD in turn could hardly give a boost to his career. Playing the tapori seriously isn’t his cuppa tea, so we better advise him to do roles which we love watching him in. Too much of a proof of your versatility and we might need dosages of aspirin now!
He is the most jhakaas personality that you can ever meet, he is by far one of the finest actors that the industry has ever witnessed and he is Anil Kapoor. From Ae ji, o ji to the delicate love story brewing between Lakhan and Radha, Anil ji’s flamboyance was the peak point in the film. And his performance as Lakhan is still credited as one of the most impressive tapori acts of all. We agree!
No matter what happens, no one can beat our Sanju Baba in a territory that he has owned for ages. Playing the staunch and precocious gaali ka launda has been his forte and his suaveness added to the characters make it zing well with the audience. From a fierce gangster act in Vaastav where he goes high with his dus-tola and a crafty act, to the lovable and adorable gangster in love, Munnabhai, one who had made the nation fall in love with his jaadoo ki jhappi, Sanjay nailed it up and right! Personally, an all time favorite!
Ritesh Deshmukh’s Kishan from Apna Sapna… cross dresses, twirls around tress in search of his love Julie and tries to woo his ladylove’s dad by in turn making him fall in love with the woman that he shapes himself to be! Confusing, ehh? Well a roller coaster ride, amad riot od sorts, Ritesh Deshmukh did shine with his fluent tapori act as he took us through bouts of comic wringer every now and then.
Glitzy, vibrant, extremely coulourful and delightfully tacky, Ranbir does everything in his next: from dancing with womanizing aada to singing Tujhe dekha in total Punjabi ishtyle, amidst a pee-time around the saarson da khet. From jumping buildings to (yes you read it right!) padding himself in the most private places, Ranbir gives in a full fledged tadkedaar impression to his audiences and how! And with that enigmatic pelvic thrusts in the Besharam number, Ranbir takes his first time tapori act to notches higher than most his contemporaries. Can Besharam be Ranbir’s Dabangg story? Lets just wait and watch!
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