It is difficult to get noticed in the Hindi film industry, especially if you don’t bag a lead role in a mainstream film. Or if you don’t have a heavy surname behind your name and a production house to launch you. But going by the latest releases, Bollywood is witnessing a swift change in its rulebook. The credit goes to a new crop of actors who are proving their mettle, not as heroes of the film, but as the hero ka dost or hero ka Bhai.
From Aparshakti Khurana and Siddhant Chaturvedi to Vijay Varma and Mohit Raina, Bollywood has seen an array of actors who have gone beyond performance benchmarks with their powerful work as supporting actors. The fact that they are grabbing headlines by featuring in supporting roles also proves that Bollywood has come a long way in terms of writing in films. Filmmakers now are crafting each character of their film with as much thought, as they would put into creating a lead actor.
Here, we list out actors who have made a mark in the industry with their breakthrough performances in supporting roles this year.
APARSHAKTI KHURANA IN LUKA CHUPPI
Aparshakti Khurana made his debut in Bollywood with a supportive role in Dangal. The actor then featured alongside Rajkummar Rao in Stree. Making the most of his screen space in the film, the actor went on to garner appreciation from the audience and critics alike for his performance in the film. If we go by Aparshakti’s performance in Luka Chuppi, it won’t be long for the actor to shoulder a film all by himself. The Dangal actor was the only saving grace in an otherwise flat Luka Chuppi, brimming with cliches. The actor is now set to hit the big screen with films like Jabariya Jodi and Street Dancer.
SIDDHANT CHATURVEDI IN GULLY BOY
Siddhant Chaturvedi aka MC Sher roared on the big screen with his flawless performance in Gully Boy. Siddhant played the role of Ranveer Singh’s mentor in the film. And though the Mumbai boy shared screen space with the high-spirited Ranveer Singh, he didn’t let Ranveer overshadow him and grabbed the chance to stand out in the film.
VIJAY VARMA IN GULLY BOY
Gully Boy gave a chance to many actors prove their mettle on the big screen, mainly because the film’s writer-director Zoya Akhtar penned every character carefully and gave a chance to every supporting actor to shine bright. Vijay Varma, who played Ranveer’s drug-peddler friend Moeen in the film, took the advantage of Zoya’s great writing and made the character his own. Vijay, who has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in Pink, got a letter of appreciation from Big B too. With two powerful performances in hand already, Vijay has proven that he is here to stay.
MOHIT RAINA IN URI
The route from television to the big screen can be a little dicey; But Mohit Raina, who played Lord Shiva in popular TV show Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev took it in his stride and portrayed the role of Major Karan Kashyap in Uri with much vigor. The first half of Uri belongs as much to Mohit as to Vicky Kaushal, the lead actor of the film. Whether Mohit will make it big in the film industry, is a question that remains, but as far as Uri is concerned, Mohit’s transition from TV to the big screen has been seamless.
RANVIR SHOREY IN SONCHIRIYA
If you look at the list of Ranvir Shorey’s films, which include Khosla Ka Ghosla, Bheja Fry, Titli, Mithya, A Death in The Gunj and now Sonchiriya, you will notice that the actor has set a certain standard for both himself and his contemporaries. But he has been missing from mainstream Bollywood films for a while. With Sonchiriya, Ranvir made a smashing comeback. He shone in each scene from beginning to end, throughout his screen time in the Sushant Singh Rajput-led film. Even in frames with the impeccable Manoj Bajpayee, Ranveer held his own. Hope we see a lot more of Ranvir Shorey on the big screen.