There are 1000’s of Bollywood movies released annually but only a few of those make a mark on people’s mind and gets huge success at the box office. Most of the times, the success, and failure of a film largely depend on the stardom of the star cast, especially the male leads in the film.
Currently, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn are one of those immensely popular superstars of the B-Town, whose almost every film becomes big money spinners and the biggest reason of this is their star power among the fans.
But, actually, apart from these most sellable superstars, a pool of some hugely talented actors is excited in Bollywood, who, despite their extreme talent, is not popular among fans. These are called as most underrated actors of Bollywood.
Actors like Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vinay Pathak, and Manoj Bajpai are one of the extremely talented archives actors of our film industry but unfortunately, they have not got the due respect and attention from the media which they actually deserve.
Most of these actors have won National Awards for their performances in various films they have done in their career but because their films do not gross big collections at the box office and their excellent work does not promote by the media, their appearance in the film become unnoted.
In this post, we will let you know about Bollywood’s Top 10 most underrated actors, who has made a deep mark in the heart of people through their acting skills but never received much acclamation what they deserve.
1- Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan, 49, at present is one of the most talented actors of Bollywood. Through his highly rated acting skills, Irrfan has made a different place in the B-Town. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Irrfan was the alumni of National School of Drama and started his acting career from the small screen. Irrfan was first recognized in Mira Nair’s off-beat film Salaam Bombay in which he was seen as a cameo.
Irrfan’s first big film came in 2003 when filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj recreated Shakespeare’s popular play Macbeth in Hindi adapted film Maqbool. After this, his uninterrupted journey as the finest actor started and later on, he received the National Film Award for his performance in biographical film Paan Singh Tomar (2012). Irrfan is also one of the few Indian International actors who showcased his form of art in the global cinema. His amazing performance in The Namesake (2003), Life of Pie (2012), The Amazing Spiderman (2012) and Jurassic World (2015) got him International name and fame.
2- Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is another immensely talented actor in Bollywood. He belongs to a small town Budhana in Muzaffarnagar district of U.P. After graduating from National School of Drama, Nawaz had seen lots of struggle initially and worked in several Hindi films as a cameo. Due to his not so good looks, nobody wanted to cast him in their film but the jinks had been broken by Anurag Kashyap, who picked his talent and gave him the lead role in his highly acclaimed gangster film Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) which was actually a career-changing film for Nawaz.
His role of Faizal Khan left a huge impact on Hindi film industry and after that, his dream run in Bollywood started. One after one, he stunned the filmmakers with his wonderful acting in films like Talaash (2012), Kahaani (2012), The Lunchbox (2013), Badlapur (2015), Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) and Manjhi -The Mountain Man (2015). He also received National Film special jury Award for Talaash, Kahaani, and Gangs of Wasseypur.
3- Manoj Bajpai
Manoj Bajpai is also one of the unfortunate underrated Bollywood actors despite huge talent lies within it. This Bhiku Mhatre of Satya (1999) is one more diamond of National School of Drama. Manoj, who started his career with theatre, first recognized in a minor role in Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen (1994). His breakthrough role was of Bhiku Mhatre in Ram Gopal Verma’s Satya, which gave him immense popularity.
His form of art we have seen in films like Shool (1999), Zubeidaa (2001), Pinjar (2003), Raajneeti (2010), Gangs of Wasseypur and Aligarh (2016). Manoj was awarded National Film Award for Best Actor for Satya and Special Jury National Award for Pinjar.
4- Naseeruddin Shah
Naseeruddin Shah was basically a stage actor, who started his acting career with theatre and plays. He was honored with three National Film Awards and Indian Government has felicitated him with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. His style of acting is totally different from contemporary cinema and he got most of his recognition from his off-beat roles like in Nishant, Aakrosh, Masoom, Sparsh, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Arth Satya and Mandi.
5- Randeep Hooda
This Haryana-born Jat actor of the B-Town had begun his career as a model. Hooda was first seen in a small role in Monsoon Wedding (2001). The first big film of his career was Ram Gopal Verma’s D (2005) in which he played the role of a gangster.
Although, Randeep had been part of some successful commercial films like Once Upon a Time in Mumbai (2010) and Kick (2014) the films, which gave him his identity as the finest actor are Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011), Highway (2014) and Sarabjit (2016).
6- Anupam Kher
Veteran Indian actor Anupam Kher is one of the hugely talented actors of Hindi film industry, Kher is one of the few actors of the B-Town, who get similar kinds of appreciation for his main streams roles in commercial films as well as from off-beat films. Apart from several Filmfare Awards, Kher has received two National Awards- Special Jury for his roles in Daddy and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Mara plus Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
Some of his highly acclaimed critical performances came in films like Saaransh (1984), Utsav (1984), Tezaab (1987), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), A Wednesday (2007). He has also seen in some International films like The Mistress of Spices (2005) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
7- Nana Patekar
Nana Patekar, 65, is one of the immensely talented actors of Bollywood. Nana belongs to a Marathi family and was graduated from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai. He was started his career in 1978 with Garman but his first much-acclaimed role came in 1987 film Pratighat (1987). Later on, Nana showed his skills in Mohre (1987) and Salaam Bombay (1988). His first biggest mainstream film was Parinda (1989) for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. Later on, Nana also tried his hand in direction with Prahaar: The Final Attack.
8- Rajkumar Rao
This Delhi boy Rajkumar Rao Yadav, who is the alumni of Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India had started his career with Ekta Kapoor’s Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2011) in which he got recognition for his role of Adarsh. Later on, he was seen in various films as small roles but his first highly acclaimed performance in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che (2012) for which he received Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
But the film which certainly changed the fortunes of this Delhi boy was Shahid for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor and Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor. This kind of big achievement in the small career is itself telling how talented he is. After that Rajkumar’s characters in Queen (2014), Citylights (2014) and Aligarh (2016) was highly appreciated by the critics.
9- Ashutosh Rana
Ashutosh Rana, who basically belongs to Madhya Pradesh, is a finest Bollywood actor, who has not got the due recognition. This National School of Drama Alumni, who started his career with South Indian films, first came into limelight with his character of a cold-blooded murderer and Psycho killer in N.Chandra’s Dushman (1998). He mostly played antagonist’s roles in his careers such as Sangharsh (1999), Raaz (2002), Haasil (2003) and Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo (2004). He won two Filmfare Awards for Best Villain for Dushman and Sangharsh.
10- Saurabh Shukla
Saurabh Shukla had started his career in small screen with popular spy based show Tehkikaat. His first recognized character came in 1999 in Ram Gopal Verma’s Satya. Although, he has played some highly acclaimed small characters his role of the judge in National Award winning film Jolly LLB (2013) and negative role in Raid (2018) earned him highest recognition in Indian cinema.