TOP 5 CHARACTER ARTISTS THAT DESERVE YOUR ATTENTION RIGHT NOW!
The industry creates an ultra presence for the lead making the ones ‘leading the lead’ less impactful. And we, the audience support them in doing so by only becoming the fans of the main protagonists forgetting to appreciate the character artists who are as much deserving as the others so let’s have a look at them and be ready to gasp with awe!
We have seen a trend of fans going bonkers over ‘Heroes and Heroines’ more than understanding the craft of acting and the concept of being an actor. The character artists made a million presence and uplifted our moods multiple times with their unique demeanour and dynamic appearances but still failed to replace our love for the lead. We might remember their names if we press harder on our attention span but sadly that won’t change our perception. It is not an overnight process to create acceptance for all the talent instead they need a gradual absorption over time. The character artists create their own space and even make the audience feel their presence but they get lost outside the screen life. They need to be equally respected with a trail of fans waiting for their autograph. Also, for a quick reminder, let us remember a few special names in the film industry including Johnny Walker, TunTun, A.K Hangal and Iftekhar out of the list which is incredibly long. Get ready for a quick read and ride into the career of our forgotten artists.
Hindi Cinema industry called TunTun the first ever comedienne. Born as Uma Devi Khatri, TunTun was not just an actor but a singer too. She could make her presence feel anywhere and everywhere with her unique husky voice and distinguishing persona amidst the crowd of skinny and conventionally pretty heroines of the industry. Tuntun cracked us up in multiple films like Sadhu aur Shaitan, Aabroo, Khufia Mahal, Babul and Udan Khatola with her voice and versatility. Born in Uttar Pradesh, TunTun ran from UP to Bollywood after living a life of misery to boldly knock on Naushaad Ali’s door to be given a chance to sing. TunTun deserves to be on the Top 5 list of character artists from the Hindi Film industry.
Avtar Kishan Hangal sent chills down our spine with his famous dialogue in Sholay and went on to make prominent presence in movies like Aaina, Shaukeen, Namak Haram and Manzil to name a few. He was best known as A.K Hangal on screen. Not only was Hangal an actor but a freedom fighter too between the years 1929-1947. We must make sure to give equal attention to Imaam Sa’ab as we do with Jai- Veeru when we sit to revisit the film ‘Sholay’ once again. Hangal was born in a kashmiri Pandit family and played pivotal roles both in reel and real life which makes him even greater and one of the best character actors of Bollywood.
Known for mostly playing the character of a police officer, Iftekhar is hard to forget. Don, Deewar, Zanjeer, Ittefaq and Sholay, he holds a commendable list of films in his entire Bollywood career. Born in Jalandhar, Iftekhar struggled to make ends meet in Bombay during the time of post partition when Ashok Kumar opened doors for him in the world of cinema. Next time whenever you see a police in Old Bollywood, remember Iftekhar even if he is not there because if the other actor wouldn’t have been there playing police, he would have been there with the guns and cuffs. Iftekhar is certainly one of the best on screen police officers in Bollywood.
The actor who hardly had any closeup scenes for a major part of his acting career is hard to be noticed by the audience like us with extremely short attention spans. Moolchand became famous for his bulky appearance initially and reclaimed himself as a comedian with the film Padosan where he played the servant of Om Prakash’s character, his first significant role after a long struggling years in Bollywood. He also went on to steal the space in movies like Yaadon ki Baraat and Don.
Lalita Pawar had the power to suppress the lead with her powerful character, mostly as an antagonist. She became famous as the character actor and featured in numerous films like Daag, Parchhain, Mr and Mrs 55, Shree 420, Anari and Dahej. Pawar started her career in Bollywood as the child artist in the film Raja Harishchandra and went on to perform as lead during the silent era of Bollywood. Gradually she descended into the character of character artists and came out stronger in her craft. Also, Pawar was not born with a defective left eye but she faced an injury while filming a slap scene in the movie, Jung- E-Azadi. Pawar is indeed one of the most powerful woman character artists in Bollywood.
They are just a few names, there are still unexplored and unknown strong figures from the cinema industry which needs to be doodled, traced and respected! Most importantly, recognized as the equal and even stronger because the lead is nothing without the ones who are leading him in a film!