It’s not just the main actors who are the “stars” of a film. A good plot requires a strong supporting cast – and only then does the whole movie grow on you to leave a lasting impact long after it’s over. Bollywood filmmakers and writers are now giving big roles to actors in supporting roles as well. Be it Shefali Shah from Darlings, Jim Sarbh in Padmavat, Siddhi Patel in Jayeshbhai Jordaar or Vijay Raaz in Gangubai Kathiawadi, each played their part to perfection. Here are the best Bollywood supporting roles from recent movies that we think deserve their own story.
Shefali Shah as Shamshunissa (Darlings)
Shefali Shah’s Shamshunissa is a once in a lifetime character and we can’t get enough of her! Everyone wants a mom like Shamshu who protects her daughter at all costs. Shah brings out the nuances of his character, without overdoing it and makes us laugh as much as apprehended. She’s the perfect foil for Alia Bhatt’s naïve Badrunissa – a smart, sensitive, and instinctive mother who respects her daughter’s choices even though she knows better.
Vijay Raaz as Raziabai (Gangubai Kathiawadi)
Vijay Raaz’s portrayal of Raziabai gave the film an extra crunch and element of ferocity. The transgender Razia, who is portrayed as Gangubai’s adversary, is unrepentant and strong. She has every right to protect her fiefdom and by challenging Gangubai, discovers her own weaknesses. Raaz keeps the audience spellbound until the end.
Siddhi Patel as Jia Vaidya (Jayeshbhai Jordaar)
Sidhi Patel plays Jia Vaidya, the 8-year-old daughter of Jayeshbhai Jordaar, with aplomb. She is now an icon for every girl who lives in the realm of patriarchy. She is a smart, strong, bold and precocious child who helps her parents while getting by and is a joy to see on screen.
Jim Sarbh as Malik Kafur (Padmavat)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat is known not only for the controversies that surrounded it, but also for Sarbh’s fine performance as one of Khilji’s most dedicated supporters, Malik Kafur. Superbly portrayed by Sarbh, Kafur’s obsession with pleasing Khilji and willingness to go to any lengths to carry out his master’s instructions are both beautiful and haunting. Sarbh as the cunning and menacing Kafur might once again captivate us in a plot all his own.
Go ahead, rewatch these movies for those talented actors in supporting roles who made movies more memorable with their presence.