It isn’t just lead actors who are ‘the stars’ in a film. A good plot demands a strong supporting cast - and only then does the whole film grow on you to leave a lasting impact long after it's over. Bollywood filmmakers and writers are now giving great roles to actors in supporting roles too. 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 top supporting roles in Bollywood from recent films that in our opinion, merit 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 desires a mom like Shamshu who protects her daughter at all costs. Shah brings out the nuances in her character, without going over the top and keeps us laughing as well as apprehensive. She is the perfect foil to Alia Bhatt’s guileless 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 movie an extra crunch and an 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 in challenging Gangubai, discovers her own weaknesses. Raaz keeps the audience hooked till the end.
Siddhi Patel as Jia Vaidya (Jayeshbhai Jordaar)
Sidhi Patel plays Jia Vaidya, the 8-year-old daughter in Jayeshbhai Jordaar, with aplomb. She is now an icon for every girl who lives in the realm of patriarchy. She is a smart, strong, daring and precocious child who helps her parents while holding her own and is a joy to behold onscreen.
Jim Sarbh as Malik Kafur (Padmavat)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat is remembered not just for the controversies that surrounded it but also for Sarbh’s fine performance as one of Khilji's most devoted supporters, Malik Kafur. Superbly portrayed by Sarbh, Kafur’s obsession with pleasing Khilji and willingness to go to any extent to carry out his master's instructions is both beautiful and haunting. Sarbh as the cunning and menacing Kafur could enthrall us once more in a plot all his own.
Go on, see these films once again for these talented actors in supporting roles who made the films more memorable with their presence.