All mettle, no flash
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpayee. What’s your first thought when you hear these names? A talent powerhouse, each and every one of them, and not surprisingly they’ve carved a niche for themselves in Bollywood. They flesh out each character they play with unique passion and calibre. Good looking? Nah! Stylish? Nah! Immensely successful? Yes! Let’s take a look at these back to basics actors of Bollywood.
For someone who started life in Mumbai as a watchman, Nawazuddin’s journey to the top has been meteoric. His roles in New York, Gangs of Wasseypur, Talaash and Kahaani speak volumes for his abilities. For a man once termed a “rejected actor”, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has come a long way.
With his unconventional looks and perpetual frown, Irrfan Khan tops our list of brilliant actors. He proved his mettle in movies like Haasil, Rog, The Namesake and Maqbool, and won fans with his Hollywood appearance in Jurassic World. We can’t wait for his next overseas appearance in Inferno, a film based on Dan Brown’s bestseller of the same name.
One has to applaud Pitobash attitude; he chose to embrace his persona and not fight it; going on to work with critically acclaimed, award winning directors. He proved his worth with films like Shanghai, Mirch, and I Am Kalam, and made a splash in Hollywood sports flick Million Dollar Arm also starring John Hamm.
He’s tickled our funny bone for as long as we can remember and earned acclaim for his roles in Bheja Fry, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Khosla Ka Ghosla. We can’t wait to see his next, Gaur Hari Dastaan based on the life of a freedom fighter who fights to prove his identity. With the actor’s class and talent, we’re in for a cinematic treat.
For a person with a degree in marketing and a flourishing career in advertising Menon’s innings in the world of acting, started with theatre and then acclaimed TV series Pradhan Mantri and Last Train To Mahakali. He has played dark, demanding characters in films like Black Friday, Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi, Corporate and Haider.
A man of many talents and a member of the 1998 Indian National Rugby team, Bose is a thinking man’s actor with many award winning performances to his credit; Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Chameli, Shaurya and Midnight’s Children, he also stole the show as the chauvinistic husband in Dil Dhadakne Do.
One of the finest mainstream actors of Bollywood, his intense looks, brooding expression, and deep voice are not very appealing. Yet, he made them his USP, and went on to give fiery performances in Zakhm, Raincoat, Gangajal, Yuva, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, and many more.
Some say that he was fated to be one of the finest actors of Bollywood. After all, not many children are named after legendary actor Manoj “Bharat” Kumar. Bajpai breathes life into every character he plays; his performances in Aks, Satya, Pinjar and Gangs of Wasseypur were exemplary. Ironic, considering he was rejected by the National School of Drama four times! Just goes to show true mettle doesn’t need the flash.