Unconventional Actors Who Ruled the Roost in B-Town
Bollywood can be a tough place to survive at. The extremely high competitiveness of the industry coupled with the vast influx of talent that it witnesses on a daily basis is enough to scare a newcomer out of their wits. Certainly then, in an industry that is dominated by glamour and pomp, only the good-looking are destined for success? Well, definitely not. Beyond anything and everything, Bollywood is a hub for nurturing raw talent and potential, and rewards individuals who exhibit undying passion and perseverance.
Here is a list of gentlemen who form a fine example of actors whose acting beat their looks and made them successful!
From the gritty Faizal Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur to the wily Manto in Nandita Das’ Manto, Nawazuddin’s name certainly begs no introduction. Even though he was a rank outsider in Bollywood, over the course of time he has sealed his place in the industry courtesy of his extremely nuanced acting performances.
Already a household name in the South Indian film industry, Dhanush left no stone unturned while working his magic over Bollywood’s audience as well. His portrayal of the unbridled and free-spirited Kundan in the 2013 flick Raanjhana allowed him to waltz unrestricted into the hearts of his viewers.
Making his debut in Dibakar Banerjee’s conversation-inciting 2010 anthology Love Sex Aur Dhokha, the Gurugram born actors hasn’t looked back ever since. Delivering inimitable and strong performances in movies such as Citylights, Newton, Bareilly ki Barfi, Ludo, and the like, he has cemented his places among the acting stalwarts of the Industry.
Having bagged a few roles in short films and web series in the past, Adarsh Gourav broke into fame recently for his compelling portrayal of Balram Halwai in the 2021 Netflix original film The White Tiger. The performance not only earned him international fame and accolade but also announced his mettle as an actor worth his salt. Judging by the buzz that his role was able to garner, he’s here to stay for a long time.
There are cases of certain individual’s reputations preceding them, and then there’s Irrfan Khan. A personification of the acting craft himself, there’s hardly a soul that has been left untouched by the late actor’s on-screen exploits. His untimely demise in the previous year plunged the entire country into a state of absolute grief and disbelief. His legacy, however, as a performer extraordinaire continues to live on.