There are two types of characters in a movie – the lead and the supporting characters. Additionally, Bollywood movies are also known for a third type – the villain. While villains are mostly supporting characters, sometimes they are more important than the lead. Sometimes, the villain is so good, she/he even outshines the lead characters. For example, take Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh from Sholay, or Amrish Puri as Mogambo from Mr. India. Both these characters were so iconic, they went on to become the real stars of the films. Even in recent times, there are many examples of supporting characters who grabbed eyeballs over the main cast of the film. Take a look at these actors:
While Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh played the leads in the star-studded film, it was the family patriarch, Kamal Mehra, played by Kapoor, who stole the show. His performance won him the Best Supporting Actor award at TOI, Stardust, Filmfare, II
Circuit will always remain one of Arshad Warsi’s most commendable roles in Bollywood. The actor struck a fantastic chemistry with Sanjay Dutt in both the Munnabhai movies. But when it comes to individual performances, Circuit surpassed Munnabhai in both.
Boman Irani has played a number of comedy roles in his career. Some of his best include his roles in the Munnabhai movies, Main Hoon Na, and 3 Idiots. His performance in 3 Idiots was so good, he outshone even Aamir Khan, and bagged the Filmfare, IIFA, and Screen Awards.
A newcomer, Jim Sarbh impressed all the critics with his performance last year. He became a sensation overnight and everyone wanted to know more about the handsome hijacker from Neerja. He went on to win several awards, including Best Newcomer and Best Actor in a Negative Role.
Abhay Deol played a fantastic character in this black comedy drama, but Kalki’s small role took over in terms of performance. The actress was amazing in her portrayal of Chandramukhi, earning the praise of many critics. She also won a Filmfare for the role.
Nawazuddin's supporting characters have been known to steal the limelight from the lead characters. Be it opposite Salman Khan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan, with Varun Dhawan in Badlapur, or opposite SRK in Raees. Even in The Lunchbox, his character added a dose of comedy to the otherwise dry narrative.
Paresh Rawal is the first name that pops up in anyone’s head when Hera Pheri is mentioned. Baburao Ganpatrao Apte a.k.a. Babu Bhaiyya became synonymous with the actor, once this movie was out. Rawal went on to win many awards, including Filmfare, IIFA and Screen for Best Comedian.
The young Chopra dazzled in her first ever performance on screen. She played a supporting character in the Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma-starrer, which also featured Dipannita Sharma and Aditi Sharma as supporting characters. However, she shone in her role and bagged all the awards.
The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film featured a star cast of Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Priyanka Chopra. All the three performances were commendable, but PeeCee and Ranveer got most of the limelight and the awards. It was one of her best Bollywood roles till date.
Rishi Kapoor played the adorable grandpa and patriarch in this dysfunctional family drama. Even with the lead cast of Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra, and supporting characters like Ratna Pathak Shah and Rajat Kapoor, it was the man with the tiny part who got most of the praise.