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Sunday, 22 January 2017

HIndie Awards 2017: Best Actor [Male] in a Supporting Role [Indian Language]

Best Actor [Male] in a Supporting Role

[Indian Language]

Here it is, the best actor winner among the bunch.

This year features five performer of a varied school, skill, age and most importantly language.

Each one enhances the film they are in as the ultimate supporting player. So does it really matter who wins, since each one shines in this tough race.

Onto the nominees as we were...

Samuthirakani as Muthuvel for Visaranai

The greatest thing about Samuthirakani's Muthuvel is that he doesn't turn out to be the paragon of virtue as he is initially shown in the film, when our suffered protagonists are saved by him.

It's to the actors credit that he never makes you feel this way, he walks with a menace and is measured in his intonations when bringing the hapless protagonists close to an equally murky system they just escaped from.

But the heroic facets never fade and thus Muthuvel is thrust into a moral quagmire, here the actor battles his own wills against that off the larger system and the constant dilemma to the bitter end is aptly conveyed in each measured movement and saying.

It's a performance that is sharp and nuanced, sinking into the scenery of the film but also standing out in a piece that rarely lets performers stand out, absolutely genius.

Paran Bandhopadhyay as Pranabendu Das for Cinemawala

As the aging father disappointed by his son's vocation as a man pirating films and an obsessed old single screen owner; the veteran Bandhopadhyay is on top form.

His drunken tirades echo a terrible pain and the pathos in the performance are reflected in his fearsome turn. Disintegrating as the future of cinema takes over, Bandhopadhyay echoes Das's passion and grief as such that is comes pouring across the screen.

There is a method to the madness and an unrelenting madness to the layered method of the performance.

Bandhopadhyay crafts the details of his performance with absolute deft allowing to deconstruct the thematic generation gap of the film while equally playing destroyed voice of conscious as well as villain and hero of the piece.

It's those eyes above all that speak and after years of honing his craft, those eyes are filled with pain and more.

Vinayakan as Ganga for Kammatipaadam

The manic energy of Ganga spills of the screen thanks to Vinayakan's astute performance.

There's a simmering tension whenever Vinayakan steps on screen and the boiling point is soon to hit, it's a performance well calibrated yet always bursting with the madness on screen that makes Ganga such a threat in the flashback scenes.

In the shortest of three timelines, as everyone tells Krishnan the story of a now maddened Ganga; Vinayakan is a highlight, adding new details to his performance dependent on the perspective of the teller.

The bulging eyes and creepy teeth, Vinayakan is well aware of the physicality but it is the internal grief and guilt of costing Anitha-Krishnan happy life that he internalizes with a surface level craziness. It's a performance that is flashy without being distracting, towering without being overshadowing.

The epitome of a brilliant supporting turn.

Vikram Gokhale as Rambhau for Nathsamrat

The pathos veteran Vikram Gokhale speaks from his eyes provides for a tear inducing performance.

As the down on his luck Rambhau, friend to the far more popular Ganpat yet adamant that he is the better actor; Gokhale provides a wide ranged performance that reflects jealousy, pain, sadness etc.

He carries himself with both a weighted aggression and a weighed down burden of loyalty, there are multiple shades he tackles and as Rambhau breathes his last; he turns back the clock to a rip rollicking performance that by the end one is unaware where either the masterful Gokhale or the demented Rambhau ends.

A performance that nearly eclipses the bright star that is Nana Patekar.

Bobby Simha as Jagan for Iraivi

This definitely isn't Assault Sethu [Bobby Simha in Jigarthanda, a National Award winning performance] yet that is the best quality of a now make up free and ironically unrecognizable Simha.

As the young upbeat Jagan, Bobby Simha echoes the other side of the male coin; the sensitive man aware of the atrocities committed to women but very much mired in patriarchy thus trying and failing to play the part of the "nice" guy.

The hidden villain and the sharp young brother to Arul that Simha plays is equal parts brought forth with a tender touch and the reflection of a raging monster. It's a performance well aware of which point that character is, his subtle looks towards Ponni give a sense of that immense love he has for her without revealing the surprise.

His angst ridden drunk tirade against the two leads a showcase for Simha's vocal skills and delivery. This is a performer at his pinnacle, you know this because he enhances the simplest of roles with textured depth.

And the Winner is...

Paran Bandhopadhyay as Pranabendu Das for Cinemawala!!!

So there you have it the set of English language acting award winner, and here is your ranking;

1. Paran Bandhopadhyay for Cinemawala
2. Rinku Rajguru for Sairat
3. Shashank Arora for Brahman Naman
4. Pooja Devariya for Iraivi

So now let's take a leap forward.

Up Next: With Visaranai a close sixth in screenplay and the big two time winner, can another film get a big leg up against it?

'Nuff Said,

Aneesh Raikundalia

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