It’s a great time to be an actor in India. We no longer are restricted to television and cinema for entertainment. Artists from all walks of life are finding new channels of reaching the audience. And thank heavens for the Internet which is playing an important part in giving a lot of good actors a platform and for the overall evolution of the audiences.
While a lot of underrated actors like Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar and Nawazuddin Siddiqui have finally managed to make a name for themselves, there still remain a lot of actors who have been around for a while and yet aren’t quite there yet. You sure remember them by their faces and recognize them by their character’s names but you still have to google most of them!
Here’s a list of 20 brilliant actors we’d like to see more often:
1. Tillotama Shome
She’s always been around, we just have been complacent enough to not remember her name. She came to the forefront in the role of a house-help in Mira Nair’s, Monsoon Wedding. She was last seen alongside Irrfan Khan in Qissa (which if you haven’t watched yet, do it now).
2. Arjun Mathur
Having studied acting at the world’s best acting institutes, Arjun Mathur has appeared alongside the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Boman Irani. However, it was the fun web-series Bring On The Night, that made us take him seriously as an actor. Who said attractive people can’t act?
3. Jitendra Kumar
“Pata hai Micky bhaiyya kitna sex karte hain?!”
Jitendra Kumar or better known as Jeetu or Munna Jazbaati or Gittu, has left us laughing every time he monologues his way into a TVF video. Arguably an Irrfan Khan in the making, his range of emotions, subtlety, dialogue delivery is so impactful, we can’t help but quote his lines from Pitchers and Permanent Roommates. One of his best performances has been that of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in TVF’s viral video, Barely Speaking With Arnub.
4. Prakash Belawadi
If you’ve seen Madras Cafe, Talvar or Airlift, he’s the guy who stands out. Sadly, very few of us know him by his name. His name is Prakash Belawadi. He’s a well-known theatre personality in Kannada theatre. Owing to his great on-screen presence and command over intense as well as comical situations, this man deserves to be known. His Kannadigan accent makes the characters he plays seem even more real.