One of the greatest pleasures of video content has been to see assorted artists succeed. Performers who may have languid in overlooked roles in Hindi cinema are now legitimate stars with a booming career. These are some of the top success story’s.
Jaideep is an actor who blends screen appearance with ability. Even in the chaotic shots of the Gangs of Wasseypur (the film had more than a dozen iconic characters), Jaideep stands out. But the path from the 2012 film to Paatal Lok in 2020 was rocky, with more routine bad-guy appearances in movies like Commando (2013) and less sharply etched roles like Khalid Mir in Raazi (2018).
Jaideep broke through with Paatal Lok. His role, the beleaguered police inspector Hathi Ram Chaudhary, was so struck that Bollywood was bent on typing him— he told me in a recent interview that he was getting countless offers to play versions of the cop/security officer. But Jaideep’s going to be clear. I hope creators have the creativity to create more characters for him.
There is something light and liquid about Rasika that allows her to inhabit a range of characters effortlessly. The dedicated IPS apprentice Neeti Singh in Delhi Crime, the warm and dignified Safia in Manto, the coquettish Rasika in Chutney’s short film.
And yet, Hindi cinema has not been able to offer enough meat roles to the star. I suspect that Rasika has the last laugh. Last week, two heavily hyped and awaited shows were dropped–Mirzapur Season 2 on Amazon Prime Video and A Fitting Kid on Netflix. There’s Rasika in both.
Mirzapur season 1 And 2
Rajesh has worked since 1994. His filmography contains big hits such as Aamir Khan star Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005) and Saif Ali Khan star Phantom (2015).
But this wonderful actor only came into his own with streaming— in series such as Delhi Crime, Selection Day, Bandish Bandits (in which he faced the formidable Naseeruddin Shah), and Mirzapur. Rajesh is always branded a ‘dependable actor,’ but I don’t think that does justice to his abilities. It’s the odd thing— a nonsensical actor who nevertheless steals the scene.
I don’t know if Shefali has ever offered a gloomy show. As far back as Satya (1998) in which she played Bhiku Mhatre ‘s fiery wife Pyaari, she made an impression. When she existed, you paid attention— whether it was Ria Verma in Monsoon Wedding or Kasturba Gandhi in Gandhi, My Dad, or, more recently, the tragically lonely Neelam Mehra in Dil Dhadakne Do (2015). But Shefali was eventually given the role she deserved in the Delhi Crime series.
I’ve been fangirling about Vikrant since he played the tragic Shutu in the brilliant directorial debut of Konkona Sen Sharma, A Death in Gunj (2016). Vikrant is a shape-shifter; he can embody any role that a writer or director throws at him.
Broken But Beautiful
His career, which started on television in 2008, has thrived on streaming with shows such as Fractured But Beautiful, Criminal Justice, and Mirzapur. Vikrant’s recent films— Cargo, Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, and Ginny Weds Sunny— have also been a success story. This is an actor who has the talent to burn, but also the experience to keep mixing things up. So he can hold his own against Deepika Padukone in Chhapaak, but he can also play Goru Dhobi in the wonderful short film Gadhedo. The unforeseeable options are magic.