Bollywood is that humungous film industry in the world which creates almost a thousand films a year. It has given life to many extremely talented actors who with their unconventional looks and exceptional work, have given life to some of the unforgettable characters of all times. Some of these have been supporting roles yet the sheer passion and originality with which they were enacted, they have today become iconic. So much so that, in some cases the entire films were remembered only for these characters. EliteColumn celebrates the contribution of the best such supporting roles and the actors playing them for their uniqueness and pure brilliance.

Note: There are numerous such characters played by our leading actors/heroes. But we have consciously not included them as they get their praise anyways. Below is the list of those underdogs who we think deserve much more for their genius.

Bollywood Actor Arshad Warsi (4)

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Arshad Warsi – For bringing that unassuming, eccentric and innocent circuit from Munnabhai films into every Indian’s home.

Bollywood Actor Boman Irani (7)

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Boman Irani – Azz Acsphectedh (as expected) for his fantastic portrayal of Viru Shasrabuddhe in 3 idiots

Bollywood Actor Asrani (5)

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Asrani – Simply because he is “Hum angrejzo ke jamane ke jailor hai” in Sholay

Bollywood Actor Paresh Rawal (10)

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Paresh Rawal – For his “Teja mai hu mark idhar hai” in Andaz Apna Apna

Bollywood Actor Utpal Dutt (11)

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Utpal Dutt – For giving us one of the best mustachioed old man from Golmal. 

Bollywood Actor Anupam Kher (2)

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Anupam Kher – For being the quintessential smiling man and the alter ego for Anil Kapoor in Lamhe

Bollywood Actor Manoj Bajpayee (8)

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Manoj Bajpayee – For just being “The Bhiku Mhatre” wholly and completely in Satya.

Bollywood Actor KK Menon (12)

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K K Menon – For those eyes with a killer instinct and creating Dukey Bana in Gulaal

Bollywood Actor Javed Jaffrey (13)

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Javed Jaffrey – For that incredible Jaggu Yadav aka Crocodile Dundee act in Salaam Namaste. Sorry ??? Egjhactlyy !!! 

Bollywood Actor Nana Patekar (9)

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Nana Patekar – For that intense, heart wrenching and mute expression of love in Khamoshi – the musical.

Bollywood Actor Anuradha Patel (3)

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Anuradha Patel – For the raw and unabashed feminine desire dripping throughout Ijaajat and yes of course for giving us “Mera kuch saman”. 

Bollywood Actor Atul Kulkarni (6)

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Atul Kulkarni – For being the true blue journalist Vinayak in Page 3 and to teach “You have to be in the system to change the system”

Bollywood Actor Amrish Puri (1)

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Amrish Puri – For his Virasaat (legacy)