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Monday, 28 March 2016

HIndie Awards 2016: Best Actor [Male] in A Supporting Role [Drama]

Best Actor [Male]

in a

Supporting Role [Drama]



As with any year, the male supporting character in drama especially is littered with some fine actors and fine performances. Some make the cut, others just barely miss out. Below are the men, that just couldn't hold on till the end but deserve a mention; 

Anupam Kher and Danny Dezongpa for Baby: One brought some much needed straight faced levity while the other added a smidgen of surprising gravitas to the film, giving the Khiladi Kumar a run for his money. 

Ashish Vidyarthi for Rahasya: He wasn't part of the better of the two murder case based on reality films this year, but he was the better of two; echoing a range that has been lost since years for this underrated actor. 

Kumud Mishra for Badlapur: A former nominee in the parallel category, Mishra is a riot to watch in subtle bits but an interesting study in his final mad blowout. 

Darshan Kumar for NH10: Simmering as the villain of the piece, in a relentless pursuit he is lost; but when the film pauses for moments, Kumar manages to leave a mark. 

Kay Kay Menon and Karan Johar for Bombay Velvet: Returning to the fold of Anurag Kashyap, Menon is effective in doses as the cop on the tail of every crime. Overlooking the real and paparazzi image of Johar is difficult as the character evokes many shades of it, but in an objective sense Johar adds a nice touch to the pizazz of Bombay Velvet with some dark levity and creative emotional moments.

Rajkumar Rao for Humari Adhuri Kahaani: While his brash persona grates at times, Rao is the only saving grace of this dud film when he is left to play with his emotions. 

Sanjay Mishra for Masaan: See Ensemble Post

Rajat Kapoor for Drishyam: An apt support for Tabu, Kapoor stifled by bad dialogue still manages to turn around and be an unheard voice of reason; particularly making a statement in the final scene. 

Prakash Belawadi for Talvar: See Ensemble Post

Adil Hussain for Main aur Charles: Playing the Main in Main aur Charles, he is particularly genius in his delivery of dialogue and adds a great deadpan and dramatic point in conflict of Hooda's charismatic Charles. 

That's quite a list, with some actors who are stalwarts. So the five chosen then must be really superb. 

The HIndie Award for Best Actor [Male] in A Supporting Role [Drama], nominees are...

Ranvir Shorey as Vikram for Titli

As a comedic actor and slightly beyond, Shorey has given hints and more that he is a dynamite talent. However this is something else. 

It is enhanced by the fact that Shorey never makes Vikram feel as evil as he is. In fact his emotional breakdown presents a man burdened by the responsibilities of family. Superficially he may seem like a ruthless villainous entity, but there are key moments where Shorey really shines. 

In particular his relationship with his estranged wife adds layers to a man regretting and controlling the violent urges he has in a homely setting. While our engagement is to the young Titli [Arora], when he decides to swindle his family to escape their hell; Shorey subsequent outburst is marked with a beautiful pain that moves you to him. 

Career Best is a word thrown around [including by me] and in Shorey's case, it is yet to come but this is one hell of a step that highlights why regular comedy actors are actually some of the best when it comes to drama. 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Liak Tungrekar for Badlapur

His body language, his expressiveness and above all the intonation of his delivery. A brilliant example of this is his final scene with Huma Qureshi. 

It's a heartbreaking moment as they discuss their chances to run away and the mistakes Liak made as well as his impending death. He then confronts her lover, vowing to kill him if he hurts her. All the dialogues are no doubt powerful, but the last word "Goodnight" is pulled off with such a venom yet weakness that it encompasses the scene. 

Siddiqui's performance is another gem among many, he steals the thunder of the film with some bleak comedic timing mixed with a menace and vulnerability that is hard to not be moved and engaged to him, it's a scene stealing turn that is narratively brilliant. It's a full bodied performance that adds another notch in his belt. 

Anand Tiwari as Ajit Banerjee for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!

As the reluctant client to the arrogant and single minded Bakshy [Rajput], Tiwari as Ajit is the eyes of the film. He is thankfully never made a funny persona, playing to Tiwari's strong suit; rather he gets to play a dramatic character always irritated with the leading man. 

Tiwari is the definition of a supporting actor, his arc is important in humanizing the protagonist and also humbling him. He thus creates an apt performance that Rajput can play well of from. Tiwari's Ajit is also responsible for getting the plot running, and as the reluctant aide creates a dimension to the duo's chemistry. 

He adds subtle layers as well in his expresiveness and delivery as it comes to the issue of his missing father and his wailing young second wife at home, the burdens of being this man's son are very evocative in his performance when they needn't be and help in rounding out his turn and character. 

Amit Sial as Pradeep/Bawla for Titli

A brilliant offset the much more violent Vikram, Amit Sial as Bawla is no doubt violent, but there are softer edges that make the performance one of the most attractive characters in the film. Sial carries himself with a slight hint of a feminine grace and understanding. 

In a household filled with just men, Sial gets to play a pseudo mother hen and also peacemaker between the eldest and youngest brothers. His own arc hints to a subtle sexual orientation and when heartbreak comes knocking, Bawla's silent sobs and unfolding emotional complexities are handled with dexterity by the actor. 

He's an up and coming talent making multiple head ways [performing equally well in American film, Umrika] and Titli is one of the best ones of them. It's another show stealer in a film full of them. 

Satyadeep Mishra as Chimman for Bombay Velvet

In a divisive film, there's always bound to be that one element everyone completely agrees on [whether good or bad]. Surprisingly it's not the music of the film, but rather Mishra's beautiful turn as Johnny's [Kapoor] right hand and best friend; Chimman. 

The typical gangster film best friend with the typical arc of fallout, betrayal, redemption and sacrifice. There's truly nothing new to the character the writers bring. However that is where Mishra is the ace in the hole. His cool attitude, some slick timing and more importantly a haunting body language portray a man burdened by his friendship but also bringing a lingering sense of knowing that he is better. 

Barely do actors who portray such a stock character realize the importance of echoing a weakness in themselves, sure we know Chimman is a good man confident of his own abilities as well as a loyalist but Mishra allows him to also come off as hurt, vulnerable and frustrated with Johnny. The lack of weakness presented in such a character, makes it oft to predictable that he will save his friend at their most vulnerable. 

Here his turn allows the tension to ramp up in the Velvet club shoot out sequence as Chimman retreats to the bathroom readying the weapons while Johnny is fired at. It's followed up by the aforementioned recuse point, one where Chimman goes out in a blaze of glory proving to Johnny that he is the bad ass and better of the two without telling him or echoing any sentiment. 

In that moment, Satyadeep Mishra becomes the hero of the piece and rightfully so. 

And the Winner is...

Ranvir Shorey as Vikram for Titli!

A tough category and the end of the supporting section. The ranking of performance so far is as such; 

4. Revati [Margarita with A Straw]
3. Anil Kapoor [Dil Dhadakne Do]
2. Shefali Shah [Dil Dhadakne Do]
1. Ranvir Shorey [Titli]

Up Next: The Leading actor make their stand as some of the most poetically romantic and hilariously comedic men make a statement...a fierce warrior with a soft heart, a man conflicted between his inner hero and outer robot, a young boy forced to understand the idea of love no matter what, a mute man looking to voice his dreams and a devilish sex hungry Vasu...HIndie Award for Best Actor [Male] in A Leading Role [Comedy/Romantic]

'Nuff Said

Aneesh Raikundalia

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