Indian cinema has always been about the Hero of the film. In this Hero loving country of ours many a time we miss on some outstanding performances just because they weren’t the Hero of the film. Today we have come up with 5 such performances that deserve far more appreciation than they got.
- Karan Singhania (Siddharth Narayan) from Rang De Basanti- This 2006, coming of age film is considered as Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s finest work of cinema. Featuring Amir Khan, R.Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan and Siddharth Narayan, this movie showcased some of the finest acting the industry had ever seen. Karan Singhania played by Narayan is a spoilt rich brat from an influential family. He has a strained relationship with his father and he detests his own country as he grows up observing the corrupt bureaucracy and political system of India. His unsaid dedication for his peers and his outrage after his friend flight lieutenant Ajay Singh Rathod’s death in a freak accident caused due to cheap spare parts of the jet he was flying is best depicted by Naryan’s effortless expressions. When later on he realises that his own father was the one behind the corrupt deal with the defence ministry he ends up murdering him. At the end when he is shot by the commandos along with Daljit (Amir Khan), the smile on his face depicts that he is happy and content with his actions and doesn’t mind sacrificing his life for the betterment of his country. Narayan parallelly plays celebrated freedom fighter, Bhagat Singh, as well, his death resonates with that of Bhagat Singh. How he ends up on the same path as the revolutionary is beautifully narrated in the story. It’s time you all revisit Rang De Basanti just for Narayan’s flawless performance.
- Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan) from Omkara– The modern-day Indian adaptation of Othello by Vishal Bhardwaj was widely appreciated by masses. Langada “Ishwar” Tyagi played by Saif Ali Khan is a mean, vile person who would do anything to procure power. Be it plotting an elaborate plan to make sure that Omi (Ajay Devgn) misunderstands Dolly (Kareena Kapoor) and ends up killing her or pulling Kesu’s (Vivek Oberoi) strings. Tyagi’s hunger for power makes him take drastic steps which ruin the lives of his closest companions, is perfectly expressed by Khan’s applause-worthy performance. At the end, Tyagi is killed by his own wife Indu (Konkona Sen Sharma) in cold blood. If you haven’t watched Omkara, then make sure you do, especially for Langda Tyagi.
- Sona Mishra (Konkona Sen Sharma) from Luck by chance– Zoya Akhtar’s directorial debut wasn’t able to collect much at the box office but is one of the finest Bollywood scripts ever made. Everything about this film is outstanding. Be it the subtle narration of how the film industry works or Farhan Akhtar’s personal struggle as an aspiring actor. Konkona Sen Sharma flawlessly played the small-town girl with big dreams. Her character is showcased parallel to that of Akhtar’s. Her one single action of leaving Akhtar’s photographs with a director changes his life, he, later on, becomes the sensation of the industry while Sona stays where she was. Sona, after being thrown away from his life owing to his success is altogether a different story. The end of the film shows her as a successful daily soap actress. The film is a must-watch.