Come to think of Bollywood today, a lot of developments and changes have pierced through the incessant nepotism that had been fueling within the industry. In a fraternity where the stars mattered more than the performers, icons had precedence over artists, this was kind of a welcome respite. With the changing trends in Bollywood, revamping the structure the film industry previously worked in, we have a whole new definition of actors. Not confined to the likes of the certain Khans, Kapoors or the Bachchan brand-wagons, we have another unconventionally talented Khan, a Yadav and a Siddiqui among the few to do the talking.

Great performances, terrific accolades and some huge benchmarks that these actors have set for our so called popular Bollywood actors is exemplary. Koimoi takes this big initiative towards a progressive change, one that had been due for these supreme talented stars who might not show starry tantrums and behave like a star does, but can silently make their performances speak volumes about them. Here’s presenting the 6 of the most talented ‘Actors’ who added the much needed difference to their performances.

Rajkumar Yadav – Shahid

Raj Kumar Yadav in a still from Shahid
Raj Kumar Yadav in a still from Shahid

Biopics have dominated the last two years in the film industry and seem to be the newest thing in vogue. And when Rajkumar Yadav tried his hands at bringing out a popular tale out for the audiences, he nailed it. Based on the controversial life of lawyer cum social activist Shahid Azmi, Rajkumar perforated into our minds with the riveting plotline, one that encapsulated Shahid’s life diaries with a brilliant trajectory of emotions. The pathos, the angst and the pangs of mistrust and humiliation was screened brilliantly, thanks to a stellar performance by our Kai Po Che! star who brought out the hero in him. Our favourite scene would definitely be the one where was beaten up nude in police custody. The perplexity in his expressions was dumb-founding!

Irrfan Khan – The Lunchbox

Irrfan Khan in a still from The Lunchbox
Irrfan Khan in a still from The Lunchbox

An era where we thrive on mushy romances and corny dialogues, this man decided to revolutionize the art of romance. You just don’t need a hi-fi dialogue or even open arms to make the girl swoon over you, that’s what the film hammered on and how! One of the sweetest love sagas that we have been witness to, in the last decade, The Lunchbox was about two individuals trying to get out of their shell while they connected over a misplaced Lunchbox. Irrfan Khan, as usual was boundless and he thrives on the consummate ease with which he perfects each scene. At a time when we are constantly busy on our gadgets through BBM, WhatsApp, Facebook and SMSes, the film brought back the essence of letters and somehow Irrfan ji’s act tugged at the hearts. He, as usual was resplendent without any hint of nervous anguish. A request: Can we really have some more Irrfan Khans, please?

Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Bombay Talkies

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Bombay Talkies
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a still from Bombay Talkies

Commemorating the centenary celebrations of the industry, Nawazuddin starred in a simple short story by Dibakar Banerjee, one that was an adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s Potol Babu, Film star. Ray’s keen sense of detailing might have made anyone stumble upon the consequences of matching his level on screen, but when you have a performer like Nawaz, it is just another cake walk. One of the most humbled human beings and the biggest treasured find last year, Nawazuddin Siddiqui amplified the pain, humour and the underlying connotations to give us a remarkable performance, one that would surely tick him into the big league of versatile actors.

Jimmy Shergill – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns

Jimmy Shergill in still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns
Jimmy Shergill in still from Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns

When Tigmanshu Dhulia returned with his muse Jimmy for yet another seductively transcendent film, we watched in awe. The Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns would not be anything without the dominating and the powerful Sahib and Jimmy takes the cake from a powerful Irrfan Khan as he delivers his best in this thriller. When he says, ‘Hum jee rahe hai, makbara nahi hue hai ab tak’ right at the onset, you know you are in for a tremendously power packed and engaging ride. One of the most under-rated actors, Jimmy mesmerized one and all even though he was bound to a wheelchair. Spectacular direction and a terrific performance from Jimmy mainly helped the film soar high up.

Arshad Warsi – Jolly LLB

Arshad Warsi in a still from Jolly LLB
Arshad Warsi in a still from Jolly LLB

Shah Rukh Khan must be regretting losing out on such a creatively thoughtful film and rather opening up to the nonsensical mara-maari in Chennai Express, but when it came to the film, the wit, the cynicism and the sarcasm worked wonders. Arshad Warsi as Jolly won hearts with his impeccable comic timing and somehow was the perfect match with the character. He synced well and the way he brought out the core theme of the film: the different policies benefiting the monopolistic rich men in court, was effortless!

Pankaj Kapur – Matru Ki Bijlee Mandola

Pankaj Kapur in a still from Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola
Pankaj Kapoor in a still from Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

Ask me and I would say he was the biggest reason I watched this film, and well he definitely was the best thing about the film. Pankaj Kapur, one of my personal favourites, struck the even chords as he kept punching his drinks and tottle us with his broken-cum-drunken-cum shaken Haryanvi accent and we could not just go anything but gaga over it. A fabulous actor who has been famous for his acting prowess and his character sketches, Pankaj Kapur played with a wavelength of emotions in the film. From the cute Madola-in-love-with-his-daughter to the manipulative Mandola plotting to take away the farmer’s lands, this film on land scam got the gravitas only with the presence of this one strong man!

Whilst most of you are an ardent SRK fan or an Aamir follower or a Salmanatic, but here take your time out and make the choice because your choice might just make a difference. One that’s needed in Indian films today.

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