Playing a supporting actor has its own pros and cons. The characters can vary from being the actor’s best friend to a sibling. They can be a distant relative or a neighbour. These actors require a high level expertise to win the hearts of the viewers and grab their attention in their limited screen time. Bollywood has many such actors who have managed to intrigue us with their engaging performances, regardless of their screen time. Here are 11 actors who are more famous for their supporting characters in the movies.
1. Boman Irani
He has played the most prominent and intriguing characters and has left us rolling on the floor laughing. The most popular roles are Dr. J. C. Asthana in Munna Bhai MBBS and Viru Sahastrabuddhe in Three Idiots, and since then, engineering and MBBS both were crossed out of my career list.
2. Alok Nath
Alok Nath a.k.a Babuji, has been playing the father/uncle since the inception of word babuji in Bollywood. The most prominent role and the reason for all the memes on him is Krishnakant a.k.a Chachaji for the film Vivaah. Everyone, please take blessings!
3. Anupam Kher
Not to be compared with Alok Nath but Anupam Kher is next when it comes to playing the parental roles. He is one of the most prominent actors of the industry and has received Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian Cinema. My personal favourite is Dharamvir Malhotra (DDLJ).
4. Johnny Lever
The living legend has made us laugh our lungs out since forever. He is also famous for his mimicking abilities and has also brought concept of stand-up comedy in India. Special mention to Chhota Chhatri (Awara Paagal Deewana).
5. Om Puri
With his unconventional features Mr. Puri has always proved that talent can take you through in an industry obsessed with fair skin and abs. Whether as Moulana Sahab in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, or his roles in Rangeela and Singh is Kingg, he has made his characters memorable.
6. Paresh Rawal
Babu Bhaiyya, also known as Paresh Rawal, is dearest to everyone. He has taken given us stomach ache with his comic timing and he is effortless when it comes to acting. The National award winning actor started his acting career back in 1976 and since then has been the best-loved. Be it the the Babu Bhaiyya aspiring to have enough mnoney to have his garage done up and still have money to get drunk, or Lambodar Chacha, he has made us laugh like crazy.
7. Swara bhaskar
Swara rose to fame after playing the role of Payal, Tanu’s best friend in Tanu Weds Manu. She was also nominated for the Filmfare best supporting actress category.
8. Vijay Raaz
Whenever I find a small chicken piece while eating biryani, I call it a Crow Biryani. Reason? This guy! Though his breakthrough in the industry was the movie Monsoon Wedding, he is most famous because of his character from the movie Run and of course Kauwa Biryaani.
9. Annu Kapoor
Best remembered as the host of Antrakshari, Annu Kapoor won the National award in the supporting actor category for portrayal of Dr. Chadda in Vicky donor.
10. Sanjay Mishra
Sanjay Mishra can positively be given the title of the busiest man of Bollywood. Go through the channels on your TV you will probably find a film featuring him. The best being RGV (Raghunandandas Goverdhandas Vakavle). Dhondhu, Just Chill!
11. Arshad Warsi
Better known as Circuit, Arshad Warsi has won many hearts as well as awards for playing the character. He has pulled of the character so well in both the films that his name has become synonymous to the character. We are eagerly awaiting the third part.
In the clutter of those on-screen stars, these actors are little rays of sunshine. Agree or not?
— Shikha Singh