The hero and heroines of Bollywood have a larger-than-life branding attached to themselves. It is mandatory for a typical actor here to have killer looks and an enviable physique. But there are some actors who defy the superficial rule by their comic timing and acting abilities. They not only manage to impress the audience but also garner big box office numbers for their films.

Here is a list of actors who are doing what they are good at – acting.

1. Vidya Balan

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There is a perception that actresses have just one duty – adding glamour to the movie. She is the most prominent example of those who chose to break the convention. Vidya Balan have always been criticized for her body type but after picking up the role of Silk Smitha in the Dirty Picture, and the National award radiantly calmed the critics.

2. Dhanush

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Moments after the trailer launch of Ranjhaanaa, Dhanush was part of jokes that called him a chaiwala or stated that he will lose a third of his weight if he shaves. But as soon as the movie released, we all witnessed how he held fort from the very beginning to the end of the film. The National award winning actor garnered numerous awards for his Bollywood debut and yes, in the very next film, shared screen with the Big B of the B-town. 

3. Kalki Koechlin

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Kalki Koechlin is known for her unconventional roles and expressing herself honestly in public. Even after being subjected to deride because of her features, she never stopped shining. She entered Bollywood through Dev D and continued to contribute to cinema with films like Margarita With A Straw.

4. Kangana Ranaut

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It is a slight surprising that the National award winning beauty is a part of this list, but yes, those rebellious curly hair and a slight lisp sets Kangana apart from the perfect description of Bollywood beauties. But no one could stop her from becoming the queen of Bollywood.

5. Nawazuddin Siddiqui

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After several small and unnoticed roles Nawazuddin left no stone unturned in trying to make it big. He tried and tried until he became one of the most critically acclaimed and sought after actors. And now, whether it is a two-minute scene in New York or just fractions in Sarfarosh, he has made everyone go back and watch each film that he was a part of.

6. Irrfan Khan

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Irrfan can positively be called as the unconventional king of Bollywood. His attitude and films speak all that is required. From not having money to buy tickets to see the Jurassic Park to playing the owner of Jurassic Park – such is said to be the story of Irrfan Khan.

7. Ranveer Singh

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The roadside romeo in Band Baja Baraat was advised by Aditya Chopra to concentrate on his acting. Guess he took that very seriously. Famous for his majestic gestures and swag, Ranveer Singh is the Bajirao of Bollywood now.

8. Richa Chadda

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From playing the Bholi Punjaban in Fukrey to a character that ages from around 16 to 60 in GOW, Richa Chadda has successfully made an atypical identity in the industry. Her raspy voice and unconventional looks sets her apart from the crowd.

9. Huma Qureshi

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Critically acclaimed for her movies like Gangs of Wasseypur and Ek Thi Dayan, Huma rose to fame in a very short span of time. In spite of a tall and curvy body structure, she is in the list of the most wanted in an industry that marks its beauty standards with a zero-sized figure. And for everyone’s information, she is proud that she doesn’t look like a malnourished heroine.

10. Emraan Hashmi

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Without those "much required" abs and features to drool over, Mr. Hashmi has garnered the title of a serial kisser, which I must say, has been given to nobody except him.

In an industry obsessed with text books good looks we do have a few diamonds to prove that talent can override any beauty standards set by a bunch of people.

— Shikha Singh