13. Amol Gupte.
Screenwriter. Actor. Director.
With movies like Singham Returns, Bheja Fry 2, Stanley ka Dabba, and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander under his belt, most people don’t
even know he exists. Moreover, this is the man who wrote Taare Zameen
12. Manoj Bajpai.
Bajpai has the face of a bad guy. It’s as if the day he was born, his parents looked at him and said beta tu barra ho ker villain bane ga. He’s worked on movies including Tevar, Gangs of Wasseypur, Rajneeti, going back all the way to Droh Kaal in 1994. However, he forever remains the poor man’s Mogambo.
11. Rajkummar Rao.
Also known as Raj Kumar, Rao started his career with LSD: Love, Sex aur Dhoka, in 2010, which unfortunately never
really picked up from there. It was only after Kai Po Che,
three years later, that he started being recognized as an actor with a future.
10. Randeep Hooda.
Hooda officially started off with Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding and then became a low-budget Emraan Hashmi.
But that was until Highway that he shook off that image and surfaced as a
9. Arshad Warsi.
With his latest apology tweet to Pakistan, this one made a
special place in my heart. One, unfortunately, he still hasn’t been able to
make in B-town. Even after giving stellar performance after stellar performance
in the MunnaBhai series, and an amazing show of talent in Jolly LLB, Warsi’s career never got the upstart it deserved.
8. Irrfan Khan.
Bulging eyes, baritone voice, and rock-solid emotions, Khan
SHOULD be part of the Khaandan currently ruling Bollywood.
Sadly, he’s become the Shah Rukh Khan of cult cinema,
7. Anupam Kher.
The darling father of Bollywood has also done a few stints
as the bad guy. Now it’s hard to imagine this huggable man as a villain, but
one look at Dr. Dang from Karma is enough to have you never look at him the
6. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Be it the struggling news anchor in Bajrangi
Bhaijaan, the man with the wickedly evil laugh in Kick, a police officer in Kahaani, a
disabled pimp in Talaash, a murderer in Badlapur,
the ‘trader’ in Gangs of Wasseypur(breath in. breath out),
orrrr the annoying Shaikh in The Lunchbox, Nawazuddin takes
centre-stage every single time he opens his mouth. Still, he remains one of the
most underrated actors of our times.
<b>5.</b> Abhay Deol.
This strangely good-looking man can quite possibly charm
every human being, irrespective of gender, that he speaks to. From films like Raanjhana and Aisha and Zindagi
Na Milegi Dobaara and Dev D and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Manorama Six Feet Under among a handful of others, he speaks
well, acts amazingly well, looks pretty nice and from what I hear, he smells
4. Boman Irani.
This B-town cutie is one you can’t help but smile, looking
at. He’s dished out some amazing performances in his career, one that he
started much later than normal actors would have…42
He’s as adorable as the doctor in Munnabhai
MBBS as he is as Principal Sahastrabudhhe (sorry for the copy-paste,
wouldn’t have gotten that right even if I were his daughter). He has played
negative characters, but even in those, he remains one actor who needs a lot
more recognition than he gets, right now.
3. Naseeruddin Shah.
It seems as though this salt-and-pepper haired hottie
(apparently just in my eyes) has been acting since the day he was born in 1950.
Probably the only actor who openly admits to having experimented with
hallucinogens, Shah remains a fine-act, and every bit as underrated. His
filmography is too extensive to ever be penned down, which in itself says so
much about our tirchi topi wallah.
2. Shahid Kapoor.
This recently taken man has broken many hearts, but hasn’t
really been able to break the Bollywood ceiling with his BO returns…box
office, not body odour.. however, after he dished out one average comedy after
the other, it’s time for the industry to take him seriously after the
heart-wrenching performance he gave in Haider.
1. Farhan Akhtar
For me, this is the most unfortunate name on this list.
Director, writer, producer, editor, lyricist, singer,
musician, aaaand actor. With so many feathers in his cap, it’s a shame to see
him not being given more spotlight. The son of the legend Javed Akhtar, the
stepson of Shabana Azmi and the brother of hit film-maker Zoya Akhtar, this man
has everything within him to rule the industry, like he rules the screen every
time he appears on it.