Some of them have been around for many years while some, for not so long. Some may just have debuted this year, that too, in very small films. But all of them have one thing in common – they lack the star status. And yet, they shone like true stars in the year gone by.
Amol Gupte: If he can be as good in all his films as he was in Phas Gaye Re Obama, Amol Gupte should continue acting for however long. His dream to become a director – which remained unfulfilled in Taare Zameen Par, when Aamir Khan replaced him – can wait.
Ali Zafar: He made an endearing debut in Tere Bin Laden. He acted well and also danced well.
Manu Rishi Chadha: He was so wonderful in Phas Gaye Re Obama that you felt bad to see him in a one-scene appearance the following week in Band Baaja Baaraat. But he needn’t lose heart. Genuine talent never goes unrewarded.
Ronit Roy: He may be the darling of the television viewers but Ronit Roy never made it on the big screen which is where he debuted. Yet, he left an indelible mark in Udaan in which he played the terrribly complexed father to perfection.
Randeep Hooda: Ekta Kapoor was never in favour of casting him in her Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai but director Milan Luthria was persistent. And Ekta must thank Luthria for his persistence. For, Randeep indeed made a lasting impression.
Sudhir Pandey: The star-secretary whose wig kept needing adjustment in Tees Maar Khan. Kudos to Sudhir Pandey for the wonderful act.