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Bollywood’s Unconventional Actors

Bollywood has always been the domain of the ruling Khans, the Bachchans, the Kapoors and various other glamorous celebrities who venture into movies after their stint in short-lived Modelling careers. On the other hand, there are many talented actors who are not so glamorous nor do the fit the bill of being ‘Item’ numbers.

These are the people who are struggling to find a foot hold in Indian Cinema which is being crowded by senseless movies, which are basically adaptations of famous Hollywood flicks. And every ones in a while, there seems to be appearing a bunch of good quality-oriented, intellectual movies, which many times we as the audience tend to sideline them and their actors.Here is a list of the actors who are doing what they are good at – ACTING

Atul Kulkarni

He is one actor largely unknown to the masses because of his unconventional role. His most role must be that of the Vinayak Mane in ‘Page 3’ along side Konkana Sen. This actor is the recipient of 2 national awards. He started in theatre and is a well-known marathi actor. He has acted in ‘Rang De Basanti’ as a saffron brigade activist. If memory recalls, there was a movie called ‘Satta'(one of the best Raveena Tandon movies), where he acted as a grey-shaded polical mentor to Raveena. And he also acted in ‘Chandni Bar’. His marathi movie ‘Maati Maay'(The Gravekeeper’s Tale) was screened in a ‘Toronto Film Festival’. Atul is one of the most talented actors in the industry but sadly still not well-known in Bollywood. He has also acted in many regional films and his award winning role is that of Shriram Abhyankar in ‘Hey Ram’.

Nandita Das

This terrific actor from movies like Bhawander, Fire and Earth needs no introduction. She is known as the ‘Smitha Patil’ of today. By far her best performance and latest movie, ‘Nallu
Penangal'(Four Women) tells the story of 4 sisters struck by poverty and how they struggle through life. She has also acted in many regional films and tried her luck in Bolllywood. Her bollywood movies consist of ‘Aks’ opposite Amitabh Bachchan. She also acted in Gurindar Chadda’s ‘Provoked’ as Aishwarya’s friend and was totally wasted. Had the roles been exchanged, she would have done a better job than Aishwarya. Her award-winning role was from the movie ‘Amar Bhuvan’.

Sonali Kulkarni

She is well-proclaimed actress of Marathi Cinema. Her first bollywood movie was in ‘Dil Chahta hai’ as Saif Ali’s Khan’s love interest.From a very young age she was interested in acting. She has won an award for ‘best actress’ at 2006 Milan International Film Festival for an Italian film, ‘Fuoco Si Di Me'(My heart in on fire). This beautiful actress has acted as Aishwarya’s friend in yet another Gurinder Chadda’s ‘Bride and Prejudice’. (Gurinder always wastes good actors giving them small roles along side Aishwarya). Her roles in bollywood have been forgettable ones like in ‘Pyar Tune Kya kiya’ she played Fardeen Khan’s wife, whereas in ‘Taxi Number 9211’, she played Nana Patekar’s wife. Apart from acting, this muliti-talentor is also an editor with ‘Viva’, a supplement of ‘Loksatta’, and pens a weekly column called ‘So Kool’.

Sanjay Suri

He started out as a model and was one of the famous model along side Milind Soman. His venture into movies was with the college love story, ‘Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi’. His performance in the movie ‘My Brother Nikhil’ was bold, unconventional and by far his best. The movie dealt with homosexuality and aids. His other successful movie was ‘Jhankar Beats’. His acting received critical acclaim in movies like ‘Daman’, ‘Pinjar’ and ‘Dhoop’. His latest movie ‘SPeed’ is awaiting release.

Ranvir Sheroy

He started his career as a VJ in V channel. Right from ‘Freaky Chakra’ to ‘Bheja Fry’ to ‘Khosla ka Ghosla’, he has proved to be a good comedian. His role as the desperate new-married husband in ‘Honeymoon Travels’ was totally outstanding and deserved recognition. His latest movie ‘Mithya’ did good rounds in the theatres and now he is awaiting his new movie opposite Mallika Sherawat in ‘Ugly and Pagli’.


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