Bollywood today is not only about just making films but, making different kind of films. With the changing set of audiences, the definition of a “Bollywood Hero” too has altered. Acceptance is given to the performers, who are not a quintessential Bollywood heroes.They not necessarily beat up the goons single handedly, sing and dance; but genuinely personify the ‘character’ which may be fictional or real.
And that is how they show their heroism by portraying the character and the story on the big screen as a performer and not as a hero. Earlier when, Bollywood was conceived to be all about song and dance is now looked upon as an industry which is excelling in making contemporary cinema, with amazing art of storytelling and stellar performances.
Here are the top 5 nominations for the ‘Best Actor With The Difference’ category:
Randeep Hooda (Highway)
Imtiaz Ali’s Highway, was an image breaker not only for Alia Bhatt, but also for Randeep Hooda. His character of Mahabir Bhati, sorts of redefined him, as an actor and as a performer. Randeep who previously was not open to doing commercial cinema, after the success of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai changed his perception towards commercial Bollywood films and went on doing many other films. However, with Highway he said, “I knew that working with a name like Imtiaz Ali will give me an audience of a lot more people.” And surely Randeep’s performance was critically appreciated.
Rajkummar Rao (Citylights)
National award winner, Rajkummar Rao impressed yet again with his brilliant performance in Hansal Mehta’s Citylights. After proving his acting excellence with Shahid, Rajkummar has positioned himself as one of the finest actors in Bollywood. The tale of a poor farmer from Rajasthan coming to Mumbai in search of livelihood was brilliantly put to celluloid with core simplicity by the award winning actor – director duo. Citylights received rave reviews, and known to be critics’ favorite, Rajkummar Rao’s performance was applauded. The movie also starred his girlfriend, Patralekha.
Sharib Hashmi (Filmistaan)
Sharib has been associated with award winning films like Slumdog Millionaire, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Filmistaan. Filmistaan received wide acclaim across various national and international film festivals. The movie showed how cinema can be the universal panacea for co-existence. Sharib Hashmi, who has put in his hard efforts to be known as an actor, seem to have accomplished his dream with Filmistaan winning National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Sharib, who played the character named Sunny, an Indian assistant director showed shades of comedy, drama and action, finely and received accolades for his performance.
Sanjay Mishra (Ankhon Dekhi)
Known for his absolute acting brilliance, Sanjay Mishra raised the bar of Ankhon Dekhi with his natural performance, which showed no fabrication. The movie was based on a simple concept of ‘Seeing is believing’ but what made it extraordinary was the epiphany. How Bauji‘s (Sanjay Mishra) sudden epiphany causes an outrage in the family and makes him a butt of jokes among the neighbors and their friends. How Bauji’s introspective outlook unrolls the journey makes for a fine joyous ride. The movie received positive response from the critics and Sanjay Mishra was a part of almost all the critical acclamation that came the movie’s way.
Saqib Saleem (Hawaa Hawaai)
Having started his career in Bollywood with films like Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge and Mere Dad Ki Maruti, Amole Gupte’s Hawaa Hawaai was quiet an opportunity for Saqib to prove his acting sensibilities. Having played a carefree collegian in previous movies, in this film, he played a prominent character of a skating coach to a child who aspires to be a skating champion. Saqib played his part so well that the director Amole Gupte was impressed with his work. Movie received positive reviews and so did the actor.