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Sunday, 5 February 2017

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

Best Actor [Male] in a Supporting Role

Motion Picture Drama

Taking a step back, or in a way continuing from our previous award; we are here at the best supporting male drama category. Last year it was won by Ranvir Shorey, the year before Anil George and before that Rishi Kapoor.

Whether your an underdog, obscure or veteran actor; this one's mostly for that type of a performer who might lurk in the shadow of the hero but definitely outshines everyone 8 times out of 10.

This year though they are number 3 from the bottom, not to say that's not great though. It definitely is for these five guys, but what came before for them?

Ashish Vidyarthi, a veteran character actor score his first nomination in a film that he was just as much leading as he was supporting. Better push here though.

Jim Sarbh's big debut gets him his first nod.

Bajpayee is a two time nominee this year itself.

Like his co-star, Salim Diwan gets his first nomination from his first film.

And finally the man to beat Rajkumar Rao has ad 2 nomination in the leading drama category with 1 win, also being nominated once in the other supporting category yet losing it. The one win was for Hansal Mehta's Shahid, which was the finest male Hindi performance of the decade so far.

Anyways, apart from these men there are others that just didn't cut it;

Satish Kaushik in Udta Punjab-As the somewhat hilarious uncle to Shahid Kapoor's Tommy Singh, Kaushik brings both the rustic and comedic to this role in equal aplomb.

Satyadeep Mishra in Phobia-Playing the so called nice guy, there's a creepy and sinister attitude to him that is underplayed with a genuine sweetness and Mishra gives the great edge to this performance.

I'm trying to remember the other great champions but I cannot, forgive me.

Anyways onto the nominees...

Ashish Vidyarthi as Vishnu for Bollywood Diaries

Vidyarthi gets a stellar role this year with Bollywood Diaries, as a retiring 9-5 worker determined now to fulfill his dreams as an actor after all his familial responsibilities are over.

Vidyarthi takes Vishnu strict passion and turns it into a haunting obsession with absolute stunning conviction. In the final scene as a dying Vishnu chants for success as an actor in his next life, the scary passion sinks in because Vidyarthi makes it so.

The film is tailor made to his theatrical abilities as a performer, with scenes from his complete dream breakdown in the office to his birthday speech/monologue allowing the actor to orate and express like no other role has done for him in years.

This is an example of a pure cinematic performance and an actor finally getting his due after being mired in obscurity. Brilliance comes up short.

Jim Sarbh as Khalil for Neerja

Part The Joker from Dark Knight and part Borat from Borat!;

Sarbh brings an intriguing comedic angle to his fearsome terrorist, perpetually on the edge; Sarbh is exceptional in the way he moves around the plane like a snake, yet he brings this frantic energy to his performance. It's like a performance jump cut [an editing joke].

The tension relayed in Neerja might be situational but is grows through a completely crazy Khalil. From the slinking way he softly threatens or speaks to Neerja, to the way he is a silent watchful spectre and finally a maniac when triggered even attacking his own "brother".

Jim Sarbh is eventually the energy that comes into Neerja, positioning the softer drama of the film in a way that makes it just as enjoyable as the heroism does, becoming the perfect foil for the restrained and subdued Sonam Kapoor.

Manoj Bajpayee as Biranchi Das for Budhia Singh Born To Run

In what was possibly one of the finest performances of the decade, JK Simmons won an Oscar including countless other awards as his turn as a ruthless and ambitious, mentally violent conductor for a school musical band.

Simmons straddled the role perfectly that the audience was left to question whether his methods were right or wrong.

That is the kind of pursuit and pressure coaches bring to their protégés, they are harsh and hurtful but when these very tactics reap benefit and success; it's hard to doubt the methods even though there is definitely a moral line being crossed.

This is the kind of balance Manoj Bajpayee brings to his performance as Biranchi Das, he effectively turns into the loving and proud father of young Budhia but at the very same time the opacity he brings to expressions may allow you to call into question his tactics if not motive.

It's such a finely sketched characterization by one of the most talented actors today, Bajpayee totally sinks into the role and is riveting even more so in scenes where he is in the backdrop of the sports and politics.

Once again Manoj Bajpayee is at the forefront of awards season just as Simmons was, because with performances like this that is where he belongs.

Salim Diwan as Rohit for Bollywood Diaries

Is Salim Diwan a bad actor playing the role of a bad actor because only he can, or is Diwan playing the long con as a talented performer portraying a bad actor on screen?

So far, barring a second film, the way he orchestrates this performance, the fact that its hard to tell makes this one an absolutely touching tribute to strugglers who just don't have quit in them.

As the affable but eventually pitiable Rohit, Diwan seems to bring everything from his own experiences as a struggling actor into what could just be the performance of a lifetime. The crushing passion that turns into a madness is so poetically brought to life by him; it's hard not to feel for Rohit and also despise the people manipulating him.

Rohit is all heart and that heart is pumped with blood thanks to the gruelling efforts of Diwan.

Is he a bad actor playing a bad actor or something more, only time will tell for now the signs point to the contrary.

Rajkumar Rao as Deepu Sebastian for Aligarh

After three films, it still comes as no surprise as to why Hansal Mehta has cast Rajkumar Rao in every film of his since his ressurection as a filmmaker and it comes as no surprise either that they work in such tune with each other.

In Rao, Mehta has found the perfect symbolism for the sensitivity with which he tackles every film. Despite possibly playing a role that could have gone the way of a cool young man looking for his big break with coolness, Rao downplays his youth centric attitude and viewpoint without losing it of course; to turn in a performance of stunning beauty by the sheer nuance and tenderness he brings to Deepu.

Deepu is definitely a friendly livewire of a character, ambitious and consistently looking to ease people into giving him what he wants yet with Prof. Siras he comes into his own thanks to Rao's very aware turn that nearly steals the film from a phenomenal Bajpayee, it is to Rao's credit that he knows when to be the perfect board for Aligarh to become a film reflecting on Siras and then on his thoughts of Siras.

Rajkumar Rao is one of the finest performer of his generation and now he can add one more feather to his cap; this is probably one of the best performances of an actor playing the surrogate of the audience type character. 

Third time with Hansal Mehta's not the charm, it's consistency.

And the Winner is...

Rajkumar Rao as Deepu Sebastian for Aligarh!!!

Rajkumar Rao secures his second big win with a Hansal Mehta film, indeed he is fast becoming this generations greatest performer. 

Up Next: The dreaded dry humor antics of a Pakistani police officer forced to step onto Indian soil, The straight faced comedy of a principal who doesn't see the funny in his seriousness, the profoundly heart breaking psychiatrist with wisdom aplenty, the raunchy grandfather wishing for that last family photo and the shrewd All american secretary of defense that turns into a roaring Punjabi producer with quirks intact...these are the men that make you laugh, smile and swoon in melody; Best Supporting Actor in Comedy/Romantic/Musical!

'Nuff Said,

Aneesh Raikundalia

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