Since its inception, Indian cinema has witnessed several iconic actors. In this ever-evolving industry where actors come and go, some leave an everlasting mark with their versatile talent and memorable characters. Shakti Kapoor, the veteran Bollywood actor, is undoubtedly one such talent who has left an enduring legacy through his remarkable performances.
Over the years, Kapoor has portrayed a wide array of characters, ranging from the menacing villain to the endearing comic sidekick. Nailing each of his characters, he has earned a special place in the hearts of Indian moviegoers.
As the actor turns 71 years old on September 3, here we give a glance into some worth-remembering characters of Shakti Kapoor that have made him a beloved figure in the world of Indian cinema.
Crime Master Gogo in Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
The quirky catchphrase, ‘Aankhen nikaal kar gotiya khelta hoon,’ from the cult comedy classic ‘Andaz Apna Apna,’ remains afresh in the minds of cine lovers even after two decades. One cannot discuss Shakti Kapoor's iconic characters without mentioning Crime Master Gogo. Shakti Kapoor played this unforgettable, bumbling yet menacing villain. His character became legendary and continues to be quoted by fans even today. His portrayal of Gogo showcased his impeccable comedic timing and versatility as an actor. Even the catchphrase later went on to become a popular meme used by social media users.
Nandu in Raja Babu (1994)
Shakti Kapoor's character Nandu from the 1994 comedy film ‘Raja Babu’ is another memorable character. He played the role of a loyal and witty servant who adds humour and charm to the storyline. Nandu's playful antics and hilarious one-liners endeared him to the audience and made him a lovable character in the film. Though Govinda played the protagonist in the movie, Shakti’s comic timing certainly tickled the funny bones of many.
Raja Thakur in Qurbani Rang Layegi (1991)
While Shakti Kapoor is primarily known for his comedic roles, he has also delivered powerful performances as a villain. As Raja Thakur in ‘Qurbani Rang Layegi,’ Shakti showcased his ability to bring a sense of menace and ruthlessness to his characters. His strong character portrayal and convincing performance made Raja Thakur a memorable antagonist.
Teja in Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat (1997)
Shakti Kapoor's portrayal of Teja in "Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat" displayed his versatility as an actor. In this film, he essayed the role of a conniving and scheming antagonist, showcasing his ability to convincingly play negative characters. His performance added depth to the film's storyline and made Teja a memorable villain.
Batuknath Lalanprasad Maalpani in Hungama (2003)
In the comedy film ‘Hungama,’ Shakti Kapoor played the character of Batuknath Lalanprasad Maalpani, a quirky and hilarious landlord who finds himself entangled in a series of comical misunderstandings. His impeccable comic timing and over-the-top expressions added a unique charm to the film, making Batuknath a character worth remembering. Shakti continues to win the hearts of cine lovers with his versatility.
Shakti Kapoor's illustrious career spanning several decades is a testament to his remarkable acting prowess and versatility. Throughout his acting journey, he has worked in over 600 movies and with almost all the big actors in Bollywood.
Kapoor has multiple times teamed up with Govinda but his comical and evil team with Asrani and Kader Khan in over 100 films set the bar high. From iconic comic roles to menacing villains and family dramas, he eventually went on to cement his place in the hearts of movie lovers forever.