Bollywood has a pool of supremely talented actors that never really rise from the shadows. Blame it on box-office or the lack of opportunities; these actors are yet to find their place in the industry.
Bollywood is filled with under rated artists, be it actors, musicians, vocalists, playbacks, directors, script writers .. you name it and there’s a list.
Not quite a looker and not quite a superstar, Sharman Joshi is a fine actor. He is arguably one of the best comic actors around – testament to that are films like Golmaal, 3 Idiots, Style and Dhol. Even his last outing on the silver screen, Ferrari Ki Sawari, although tanked at the box office, fetched him rave reviews for his performance. Is it because of his wrong selection of films or because he doesn’t fit into the image of a typical ‘Bollywood hero’, in any case, he remains extremely underrated!
Madhavan is the most versatile Indian actor that you can ever come across, and in spite of being a Southern superstar; he remains grossly underrated in Bollywood. Be it Tanu Weds Manu, which is a sublime romance drama, 13B – a quirky horror flick or Rang De Basanti, a coming-of-age film which portrayed patriotism like never before, Madhavan has been an integral part of all these films and how!
Manoj, by any yardstick of acting, is a great actor. The man is a powerhouse of talent and his recent film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ did put him on an international platform, yet, back home he has been highly stereotyped. Nothing hurts the actor most but the idea of being typecast. After 45 films and 2 National Awards for Satya and Pinjar, he still is playing the roles of daft politicians or easy-to-fool policeman on-screen.
It pains to see an actor of the highest calibre being relegated to crass films like Mere Baap Pehle Aap, 36 China Town and/or Race – yes, that’s Akshaye Khanna for you! He has impressed one and all in films like Dil Chahta Hai, Humraaz, LOC Kargil, Taal and Border, for which he even won the Best Debut Filmfare Award, yet his career couldn’t quite take off in Bollywood.
His debut in Maachis was widely appreciated and he has always worked his magic on critics over the years. They praised him not once but several times in films like A Wednesday, Special 26, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster and Yahaan. Despite being a superstar in North, he largely remains in the zone of the underrated actors of Bollywood. If there’s any acting inactors, then Jimmy, perhaps, is the best at it. However, B-town seems not to care about it!
He is a dynamite of a talent waiting to explode. He may not have given any soul-touching performance just yet, but there have been enough streaks of brilliance in his films like Superstar, Kalyug, Traffic Signal and 99. He is a natural when it comes to acting and his coming timing is perfect to the T, case in point – his latest Go Goa Gone in which he fit seamlessly into the character of Luv who is unabashedly sleazy and adorable at the same time. With a sizeable opportunity and sensible films to prove his mettle, we think that this guy can go places.
More than underrated, Arshad is a case of an untapped actor. Let’s admit it – the best part about the Munnabhai series is the man himself. Of course, Sanjay Dutt is a brilliant actor, without a speck of doubt; but it’s actually Circuit’s histrionics that tickled our funny bone and made the film a brand to reckon with. His immense acting talent could also be seen in films like Ishkiya, Hulchul, Golmaal and Jolly LLB. Mostly being featured in multi-starrer films, let’s hope that he cuts it to a solo film in the future.