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Monday, 28 March 2016

HIndie Awards 2016: Best Actor [Male] in A Supporting Role [Comedy/Romantic]

Best Actor [Male]

in a 

Supporting Role [Comedy/Romantic]



The funny men of the business created an all out riot this year with some returning favorites and some newbies to shine. One star came back after a decade of mediocrity to prove that he still is a stalwart actor while the other four character actors built to their stellar resumes. 

However a few men missed out by a whisker; 

Amitabh Bachchan for Shamitabh: Utilizing his famous baritone for a film that is a meta dissection of the grand Bachchan voice and its importance in Hindi cinema history, Mr. Bachchan as ever with R. Balki, is at the top of his game. 

Sanjay Mishra for Dum Laga Ke Haisha: Playing the patriarch once more but with a slight twist, Mishra is slowly growing from strength to strength. 

Jimmy Shergill and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub for Tanu Weds Manu Returns: Two genuine actors that add genuine moments of comedy with some genuine chemistry between their confrontations. 

Rajiv Gupta for Guddu Rangeela: As the antakshri playing dim witted cop with some slow comic timing, Gupta is a riot among other things in the tepid revenge comedy. 

Gulshan Grover for Kaun Kitne Panee Mein: The other half of the patriarch, in spades Grover echoes his much more serious and villainous side without ever going full blown over the top but always retaining a touch of humor

Shadab Kamal for Meeruthiya Gangsters: The beer bottle head bashing lunatic is an interesting silent comedic force, constantly mucking up when the pint sized fella builds a hulk sized rage. 

So there they are, and here they are; the nominees for HIndie Award Best Actor [Male] in A Supporting Role [Comedy/Romantic]...

Saurabh Shukla as Maharaj Braj Singhdeo for Kaun Kitne Panee Mein

In a cast full of talents, Shukla is always going to be the highlight; that's the power of the man. Even when there's Bhiku Matre, people still remember Kalu Mama [and not just because of the song]. 

As the former king of a now dry kingdom, nothing has changed. With a paste on mustache and a strong demeanor as a facade to his own failures, Shukla is a riot in particular with his scheming ways and oblivious comedic nature when it comes to things such as harassment of women and the English language. 

His scene as his son talks through a deal with foreigners is highlighted by his feigned idea of what they're speaking about and all these moments of humor add a nice understanding of the characters upbringing as well as the looming shadows of his forefathers in him. 

It's the actor who puts the extra mile in extracting a character that is as hilarious as he is pained by his legacy. The best of actors manage that with ease, turning their tragedy into our comedy and Saurabh Shukla is definitely in that league.

Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi for Tanu Weds Manu Returns

Having already won this award, no less for the same character. How good must Dobriyal be to be able to repeat the feat [at least a nomination]?

Well, really good. Once again channeling his comedic prowess to perfection, Deepak Dobriyal is a quote a minute laugh riot; jazzing up the crafty lines of dialogue with his wicked sense of timing and brilliantly punctuated delivery. 

For as much of the film lags, Dobriyal acts as its pillar keeping one entertained through the run time. A deviation into his own romantic sub plot is a welcome change and allows one to imagine what it would be if a sequel hinged on his own adventures perhaps; Tanu Weds Manu: The Pappi Diaries or something...

Anyways, for now the little little doses are a welcome breath of fresh air...oh wait, he doesn't even give us a chance to breath between the laughter. 

Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab for Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Coming full circle, one of Siddiqui's earliest big performances was his impassioned two minute speech in New York that for much evoked the pains of prejudice faced more than the film itself. That film was directed by Kabir Khan. 

So is this one, and in this he gets one hell of a speech to. 

In the final moments, he sells the importance of Khan's message with such conviction that even though the moment is cinematically overused and always terrible, this becomes a great exception. Through the film, he is a laugh riot. 

His chemistry with Salman Khan is sizzling and it's great to see him be allowed to land some effective punches. The character, based on a quirky Pakistani reporter of the same name; allows Siddiqui to portray one of his most iconic moments, in that he gets the oddest hero entry of the film and nails it to the tee. 

Just one of the many big nominations for this genius actor. 

Irrfan Khan as Rana Chaudhary for Piku

While much of the film stems from the dysfunctional relationship between father and daughter, it helps that a performer of Khan's caliber adds much needed humor [and good humor at that ] to the proceedings. He has a zen master like quality to the craft, performing with such ease and simplicity it's hard to fathom. 

Khan keeps on growing from step to step as an actor and his much more dry and subtle, real approaches to these oddball situations with this oddball family is what makes Rana such an endearing persona that is not to difficult to see why Piku gravitates towards him. 

Shockingly he also ends up sharing some great chemistry with Deepika Padukone, proving that nothing is beyond the realm for the true 'acting' King Khan of Hindi cinema. 

Anil Kapoor as Kamal Mehra for Dil Dhadakne Do

I've never been particularly fond of Anil Kapoor. Maybe it's because he peaked before my time, or the fact that his over hyped presence in Hollywood; rubbed me the wrong way.

He's a fine actor, though shades of his brilliant talent has rarely been seen in the past decade or so. That's why it stumped me, when I came out of DDD, struck by how amazing the actor truly is. As the relentless and harsh patriarch of the Mehra family, Kapoor balances the line between unlikeable and genuine perfectly. 

His shining moments are in those silences when we get to see a man crumbling with the weight of the world around him and unwilling to let his family truly in. His best moment is when he finally stands up for his daughter in both a violent and humbled fashion. 

Just when Kapoor dazzles you with an intensity that could rival the kids of today, he brings you cracking as his masterful 'sorry' to his daughter bears the weight of the world. He's hilarious and he's dramatic as best as can be, he's Anil Kapoor and he's back. 

What a player, indeed. 

And the Winner is...

Anil Kapoor as Kamal Mehra for Dil Dhadakne Do!

There it is, it's a glorious comeback worth celebrating, a win with his first nomination. 

Up Next: Five women, five dynamite performances...A ruthless mother standing in the way of his son's love, A woman left far behind by her husband and to burnt to see her children truly, An abandoned wife left to her own devices and turned bitter by loneliness, The Rukhmani scorned by her husband's infidelity that become a love synonymous with each other leaving her in the shadows and A loud mouth aunt shut down by her brother in law...HIndie Award for Best Actor [Female] in A Supporting Role [Comedy/Romantic]

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