Apart from the hero, it is the character artist, who is one of the important elements in the film. Days have gone, where the hero used to be the whole and soul of the film. From past few years, Bollywood has seen an emerging change in the acceptance of the character artist. Though our industry has had many brilliant artists and was appreciated too, but the acceptance and importance is now getting wider. Here we give out the names of some brilliant character artist.
#8 Vir Das
Best known for his comical acts, Vir Das has starred alongside many good actors. He has been a part of some brilliant films like, Namaste London, Love Aaj Kal, Badmaash Company, Delhi Belly, go Goa Gone, and this year he was seen in Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan starrer Shaadi Ke Side Effects. Though he had a small role to play, but he pulled it off with such perfection that he got in the critics eyes and garnered positive reviews. He did a fare job in Revolver Rani.
#7 Prakash Raj
The south actor got recognition in Bollywood for playing a villain opposite Salman Khan in wanted. Since then he has now become the regular villain in Bollywood. He has received positive response for his work in Bollywood by the critics. The actor wa last seen in Akshay Kumar starrer Entertainment.
#6 Amole Gupte
Indian screenwriter, actor and director, Amole Gupte gives his best in whatever he does. His work includes, Stanley Ka Dabba, Hawaa Hawaai as a writer and director, he also wrote for Taare Zameen Par. The actor was recently seen in Rohit Shetty’s Singham Returns, where he portrayed the role of Baba, a fake saint figure with cunning and cruel intension. And he did a brilliant job and garnered appreciation from critics.
#5 Paresh Rawal
He is one of the finest actors we have in Bollywood. The intelligent actor is like water that moulds himself into any given characters and situations. The spontaneous actor has won many hearts for his villainous and comical acts. The actor was praised for his exceptional work in Emraan Hashmi starrer Raja Natwarlal. Though the film opened to mixed response, the critics were all praising Paresh Rawal for his brilliant performance as crook yogi. The actor will be next seen in Welcome Back, which is set to release next year.
#4 Nawazuddin Siddiqui
after having struggled for long years and have had faced a ‘no work’ phase in his life, Nawazuddin’s life changed after he appeared in Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday, which got him critical acclaim. The biggest compliment he received was from world-renowned film critic Roger Ebert, for his lead role as a wedding singer Chakku in Prashant Bhargava’s Patang. However it was his role of a journalist in Aamir Khan Productions’s Peepli Live that first got him recognition as an actor. And then the actor got many good roles in his kitty. His recent film Kick, starring Salman Khan, he played antagonist and received positive response from critics and also by the viewers. The actor will be next seen portraying a sinister in Varun Dhawan starrer Badlapur.
#3 Anupam Kher
He is one such Bollywood personality who actually does not need any introduction. The Saaransh actor, and eight times filmfare winner Anupam Kher, makes for the best artist who lifts the film to another level with his power packed performance. Be it as a comedian, a villain or a simple plain character, he pulls it out with utmost perfection and at the age of 59 he still carries the same dedication and perfection that he has been carrying all through his active years in Bollywood. The actor has given brilliant performances in films like Singham Returns, Daawat- E- Ishq, Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami, Happy New Year, Super Nani and The Shaukeens. His next is Akshay Kumar’s espionage action thriller Baby.
#2 Irrfan Khan
Known to be one of the finest actors who have placed himself strongly amongst the strong heroes. Having started his career in television, and after few unsuccessful films, Khan got his recognition with ‘Warrior’ directed by London-based director Asif Kapadia. Khan had a lead role and the movie opened in international film festivals. Known for playing villanous characters, Irrfan Khan has been praised by the critics. His presence on screen is lively and sends across a strong personality of whatever character he portrays. His recent movies were Haider and Gunday.
#1 Boman Irani
Widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood, Boman Irani, he got recognition for his role as Dr. J. Asthana in Munna Bhai MBBS. He is truly an actor virtuoso. This year he gave brilliant performances in the films of diametrically opposite genre. From a criminal turned corrupt, cunning politician, Bhausaheb in Bhootnath Returns to an over weight jogger, Tammy who suffers from epileptic fits. He played both the characters to perfection. The actor will be now seen in the much-awaited Aamir Khan’s PK.