After having just watched Padmaavat, the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed opulent Bollywood movie, it became quite obvious to me that the supporting actor Ranveer Singh has outperformed lead actor Shahid Kapoor by a big margin. Now, there are a number of reasons why Singh as “Alauddin Khilji” has totally overshadowed Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh, one of them being the way the roles have been written. However, this phenomenon of the supporting actor overpowering the lead in Bollywood is not a new one, and has occurred many times before. So, here is presenting a list of a few Supporting Actors in Bollywood who have quite clearly surpassed the protagonists in terms of performance.
a. Manoj Bajpai- As Bhiku Mhatre In Satya
“Mumbai Ka King Kaun? Bhiku Mhatre” screams Manoj Bajpai playing the intriguing supporting character Bhiku Mhatre in the 1998 Bollywood cult classic Satya directed by Ram Gopal Varma while standing on top of a hill. Brilliantly conceived by writers Anurag Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla, this character totally “overshadowed” the performance of the protagonist Satya played by JD Chakravarthy, after whom this movie has been titled. Apart from the character being extremely well written and defined, it is brought to life by the magnificent performance of actor Manoj Bajpai. Wearing colourful clothes and bringing a mixture of “exuberance” and a great deal of “naturalism” to his role Bajpai performs brilliantly and deservedly won the “National Award For Best Supporting Actor”. Over the years the magnificent performance of Bajpai having acquired cult status has proven that, Supporting Actors in Bollywood at times can overshadow the protagonist provided the script is strong and the actor is able to “raise the bar” with regards to performance.
b. Annu Kapoor- As Dr Baldev Chaddha In Vicky Donor
“A quirky fertility expert” is the best way to describe the supporting character named Dr Baldev Chaddha in the 2012 Bollywood Movie Vicky Donor directed by Shoojit Sarkar. This character was performed so brilliantly by the talented Annu Kapoor that he won the prestigious “National Award” under the Best Supporting Actor category. Fusing elements of “eccentricity” and “charm” Kapoor brings to life an extremely “lovable” character. Furthermore, this magnificent performance by Kapoor also shows that behind all the “goofiness” exhibited by this character there lies a “deeply caring sensitive human being”. Above all, Kapoor by splendidly playing the role of Dr. Chaddha has ensured that he belongs to a rare breed of Supporting Actors in Bollywood who have managed to upstage the protagonist.
c. Paresh Rawal- As Baburao Apte In Hera Pheri
“Dil Dariya hai baki sab samundar, yeh meri samasya hai” is a witty dialogue mouthed by one of Bollywood’s most hilarious supporting characters called Baburao Apte who featured in the movie Hera Pheri directed by Priyadarshan. Played by the ultra talented Paresh Rawal, this character has been performed with a great deal of “goofiness” by this brilliant stage and movie actor. Supporting the magnificent acting by Rawal, are some wonderful dialogues written by Neeraj Vora. Above all, it is the use of brilliant body language that includes quirky mannerism to play this funny character called “Baburao” that makes Rawal one among a few Supporting Actors in Bollywood to have outperformed a pair of protagonists in the form of Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty.
d. Nawazuddin Siddiqui- As Chand Nawab in Bajrangi Bhaijaan:
Inspired from a real life Pakistani reporter, is the fascinating supporting character named “Chand Nawab” from the 2015 Bollywood movie Bajrangi Bhaijaan starring megastar Salman Khan. So brilliant was the performance by the talented Nawazuddin Siddiqui, that soon after its release this character was in fact talked about more than the protagonist played by a major Bollywood star like Khan. Using the innocence and the earnestness of the original broadcast journalist from Pakistan (as seen in a popular video on YouTube that inspired director Kabir Khan to write this character) Nawaz is in top form. Having garnered a lot of accolades when this movie released for this sweet supporting role Nawazuddin has joined an elite list of Supporting Actors in Bollywood who by their performance have ensured that the protagonist has had to share the limelight, which is indeed a rare feat especially in Bollywood.
e. Anil Kapoor- As Vikrant Kapoor in Taal
“An eccentric businessman” is the ideal way to describe Vikrant the supporting character that Anil Kapoor played in the 1999 Bollywood movie Taal. Played with a lot of flamboyance and quirkiness, this character along with the accompanying brilliant music of AR Rahman proved to be the “lifeline” of an otherwise average movie. Bringing a lot of energy to the role, Kapoor brilliantly portrays the “eccentricity” of a pragmatic businessman who for the first time falls in love. The fact that when this movie released “Kapoor as Vikrant” completely overshadowed the protagonists played by Aishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna only proves the true class of this performance by a talented actor. Above all, this memorable performance of Kapoor in the movie Taal, can certainly be included in the list of Supporting Actors in Bollywood who have completely overshadowed the lead actors.
f. Abhisheik Bachchan- As Lallan Singh in Yuva
“A rowdy ruffian” is how the character named Lallan Singh in the Mani Ratnam Bollywood movie Yuva can best be defined as Comprising of a great deal of “intensity”, this brilliant performance by Abhisheik resulted in the actor garnering accolades throughout the country. This performance also gave the actor (who gave a number of flops to begin with) a new lease of life at a point in his career when he desperately needed it. The fact that this actor (son of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan) easily overshadowed his costars Ajay Devgn and Vivek Oberoi via his “raw performance” is testimony to the power of the character. And so, with this brilliant performance of Abhisheik having not only helped the movie do reasonably well at the box office but also garner praise. The actor certainly shall go down in the history of Hindi Cinema as one among a few Supporting Actors in Bollywood who outshone the protagonist that too quite easily.
g. Rajkummar Rao- As Pritam Vidorhi in Bareilly ki Barfi
“An intriguing simpleton possessing a split personality” would be the best way to describe the character Pritam Vidrohi from the 2017 Bollywood movie Bareilly Ki Barfi directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari. Performed with a great deal of realistic flair,by actor Rajkummar Rao, this character essentially is that of an underdog. Using perfect body language to exhibit “meekness” as well “toughness” through his performance, Rao truly shows us what “getting into the skin of the character” really means. The fact that the actor chose to enact this character which is essentially a supporting part only shows that he is not only talented but a “risk taker” as well, and so deserves all the accolades he has garnered for this performance More importantly however, this brilliant performance by the actor as “Vidrohi” has ensured that he shall forever be remembered as one artist belonging to a rare group of Supporting Actors who have completely overshadowed the lead protagonists.
h. Mahesh Manjrekar- As Raj Yadav “Baali”
“A crazy over the top supporting character” is what Mahesh Manjrekar played to perfection in the 2002 Sanjay Gupta directed Kaante, a Bollywood movie inspired from the Hollywood classic Resevoir Dogs. Such was the impact of his performance in the movie that he completely overshadowed stalwarts such as Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt who basically were the protagonists. Using stammer to good effect, Manjrekar brought to life a “crazy” criminal who joins a “band of men” to rob a bank in Los Angeles. Aiding the brilliant performance of the actor are some superb dialogues by Milap Zaveri. Above all, Manjrekar through his magnificent performance clearly stole the show from the protagonists which was proven when the movie released, thereby writing his name in the elite list of Supporting Actors in Bollywood who have easily managed to overpower the lead actor.
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