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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

HIndie Awards 2016: Best Supporting Actor [Male] in A Regional Film

Best Supporting Actor [Male] in A Regional Film



Moving on, the next award of the event is for the actors who sink themselves into some well sketched roles that enthrall you without having to steal the limelight.

Male actors always get the best roles, that is true and most actually justify their chances with some great work here. Let's hope next year, that both sides are fairly and equally represented since to be honest this side of the pond contains varied nominees from varied films.

Here are the nominees for Best Supporting Actor [Male] in A Regional Film…

Parth Balerao as Bandya/Suhas for Killa

As the tiny nuisance in class, the slick Parth Balerao brings about some neat levity to Killa with his occasional wit, barbs and above all charm.

The actor is a complete scene stealer as he takes center stage most times and with his funny man sort of shtick that wonderfully offsets the melancholic stance of his co-star Archit Deodar.

When the chips are down though, the actor can easily bring out a subtle emotional layer that allows us to truly invest in Chinmay [Deodar's] growing experiences and these friendships, flanked by other terrific child artists and led by Balerao with a verve that captures you.

Kumarakom Vasudevan as Valyappachy for Ottaal: The Trap

Sometimes natural casting just works best, Vasudevan an actual fisherman on the banks of this serene village in Kerala takes up his first acting job with Ottaal and probably his last.

As such it becomes infinitely more realistic for the film, for him to portray his own self. Yet somehow Vasudevan is able to go above and beyond the call.  It is an emotional heft the character is lent, when sent spiraling into a morally complex choice that shreds his heart to pieces.

Vasudevan pulls it off with a mix of heavy despair and profound guilt, delivering each line with a precise sense of sadness. When in the last line, he tells the young privileged child [a friend of his grandson] where his grandson has gone, with these words;

"He has gone to grandson has gone to learn how to live."

Your heart breaks and you weep, even for this man as he is stuck in a moral quagmire forever damned. It's a moment of pathos rendered beautifully in ever form by this aged rookie.

Pradeep Joshi as Judge Sadavarte for Court

Always in character, always revealing character, even when never showing it.

Pradeep Joshi as the all powerful Judge presiding on this case, is very much a dry presence like everyone else in this unnervingly documented and surprisingly hilarious film.

It is his performance that is more in the act of being, than acting. It never comes as a surprise to the extent of [maybe] false beliefs Sadavarte has at the end, when we see him recommend a friend to look into healing stones for his young mute child. We are never shocked when we learn through a crop of gossiping lawyers that Sadavarte is quicker than other judges but just at making his decisions.

Each point of his character is thankfully etched out by his writers, and Joshi reflects this with his constant posturing, delivery and all round accomplishment of becoming a backdrop of the film which it requires.

Sathyaraj as Katappa for Baahubali: The Beginning

Having in a short time, entered into the iconography of Indian Cinema; Sathyaraj will forever remain immortal as the wily, tough and loyal Katappa in Baahubali.

The one question in everyone's mind; Why did Katappa kill Baahubali is thrown around with such intensity only because of Sathyaraj is able to take this vanguard character and imbue him with such a fierce loyalty that it becomes difficult to fathom his betrayal of his noble king.

Sathyaraj is a constant presence through out and a character worth rooting for and exploring, thanks to his multi faceted performance. Even if the payoff isn't as great as expected in the sequel, you can bet on Sathyaraj's wily fox turn making it so once again.

Vijay Sethupathi as Kailasam for Orange Mittai

Applaud worthy, Sethupathi despite the industry he is in and with the ability to create a mass rage is a gem in his own right. This is simply because he decides rather than to be the star he can and is, he'd love aspire to become the actor he sees himself as.

Not a knock on him, but he does have a long way to go and the constant efforts he puts into his roles and the selection of them [a very underrated part of an actor's life] will get him there quite easily.

As Kailasam, Sethupathi is a brilliant revelation with his cantankerous mannerisms fittingly playing antagonist to Ramesh Tilak's Satya. He brings an incomprehensible level of energy to the film, that just raises the bar of hilarity. Yet he also captures a great emotional crux with his particular situation of an old abandoned father, bringing a heart to the chemistry between him and Tilak.

It's a performance of the ages of Sethupathi, that he will consistently top again and again with the kind of passion he has for the craft; shone through brilliantly here.

And the Winner is…

Kumarakom Vasudevan as Valyappachy for Ottaal: The Trap!

This was a tough one!

So the awards are picking a good head of steam as we move onto the leading actor awards for Regional cinema.

Up Next: A hauntingly broken patriarch, A young boy on the verge of discovery of friendship and adventure, A sweet solemn man awaiting a glimpse of his beloved, A father who will go to any lengths for his family and A free spirited boy facing tragic doom...The HIndie Award for Best Leading Actor [Male] in A Regional Film.

'Nuff Said

Aneesh Raikundalia

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