Popular Bollywood character actors who you might not know by name

Updated: Mar 04, 2020, 08:39
  • Iftekhar: Any Hindi movie was incomplete without him as a police officer. He donned the khaki in legendary films like Sholay, Deewar, Zanjeer and Don. In addition, he also shocked many with his portrayal of the dreaded criminal in Khel Khel Mein.

  • Leela Mishra: She is the legendary Mausi from Sholay. Mishra acted in over 200 films as a character artist, prominent among them being Baton Baton Mein, Chashme Buddoor, Geet Gaata Chal, Nadiya Ke Paar, and Ram Aur Shyam among others. She passed away in the late 80s following a heart attack

  • Pinchoo Kapoor: He was a notable presence in many Bollywood blockbusters of the 70s and 80, mostly playing suave negative characters. Kapoor is most remembered for his roles in Don, Karz, Badaltey Rishtey, Kudrat and Avtaar

  • Yusuf Khan: That’s the real name of Parveen Babi’s famous bodyguard Zebisko in Amar Akbar Anthony. Khan also featured in Disco Dancer and Muqaddar Ka Sikandar. He passed away following a heart attack in the 80s. His son Faraaz is also an actor, who has been seen in the movies Fareb and Mehndi

  • Yunus Parvez: One of the most recognisable character artists of the 70s and 80s, Parvez left his mark as Bade Babu in Gol Maal, Rahim Chacha, the Head porter in Deewar and Mansoor Miyan, Chedilal's Worker in Angoor. His death in 2007 went unnoticed, in a period before Twitter became a rage

  • Kamal Kapoor: The blue-eyed man of Hindi cinema, Kapoor is most remembered as Narang from Don. Kapoor's other memorable films include Amar Akbar Anthony, Deewaar and Meri Jung. He passed away in August 2010 at the age of 90. Like many others before him, his demise also went unnoticed

  • Dulari: A noted character artist, Dulari was part of over 130 Bollywood films – some of them include Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai, Mujhe Jeene Do, Teesri Kasam, Deewar and Prem Rog. She was last seen in Guddu Dhanoa's Ziddi, which released in 1997. Dulari died in early 2013 at the age of 86. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, and was bedridden for over two years

  • Harish Patel: You hated him as Roopchand in Mr. India, the shopkeeper who refuses to give Anil Kapoor food for his orphaned kids on credit. Patel’s other notable appearances have been in Maine Pyar Kiya, Andaz Apna Apna, Akele Hum Akele Tum and the British-American comedy Run Fatboy Run

  • DK Sapru: Among Bollywood’s most popular character artists, Sapru was part of numerous superhit films. He mostly played the father, judge or a rich businessman. The movies in his filmography include Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Heer Raanjha, Pakeezah, Zanjeer, Majboor, Deewar, and Kudrat

  • Manmohan Krishna: As a supporting actor, he was part of over 250 films, which included blockbuster movies like ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Sadhana’, ‘Waqt’ ‘Hamraaz’ and ‘Deewar’. He went on to direct the 1980 film ‘Noorie’, which catapulted Poonam Dhillon to stardom

  • Roopesh Kumar: He played negative roles, mostly as the side, in popular movies Kal Aaj Aur Kal, Andaz, Seeta Aur Geeta, Raampur Ka Lakshman, and Chacha Bhatija. Not many may be aware that he is the cousin of yesteryear actress Mumtaz

  • Gita Siddharth: She was Mithun Chakraborty’s mother in Disco Dancer. Siddharth also played supporting roles in Parichay, Trishul, Noorie, and even made a guest appearance in Sholay. She is married to Siddharth Kak of Surbhi fame

  • Shashi Kiran: The bespectacled man, known for his slapstick comedy, has been part of successful films like Yes Boss, Biwi No.1, Bol Radha Bol, Judwaa and Partner

  • Ram Sethi: A constant in Big B films of the 70s and 80s, Sethi (right) made his mark as a comedian as well as in serious roles in movies like Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Laawaris, Kaalia, Yaarana and, of course, Namak Halaal. He will be seen in the upcoming film P.K

  • Javed Khan: The famous barber Karim from the legendary TV show Nukkad, Khan has acted in memorable films like Lagaan, Andaz Apna Apna and Chak De! India. An alumnus of FTII, he has acted in over 150 movies in his career, which kicked off in the late 70s

  • Ram Avtar: Remember the fat man with a hilarious laugh in Teesri Manzil? He is Ram Avtar. The character actor-cum-comedian acted in Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Tumsa Nahin Dekha, Baharon Ke Sapne, Yaadon Ki Baaraat and Thodisi Bewafaii

  • Moolchand: Known for his fat stomach, Moolchand played Om Prakash’s servant in Padosan. He was hilarious in Yaadon Ki Baarat, where he was seen with fellow fat man Ram Avtar. Moolchand was also the fat character, who dances with Zeenat Aman and Amitabh Bachchan in the Khaike Paan Banaraswala song in Don

  • Piloo Wadia: The lovable Parsi woman has been seen in hit films like Bobby, Baton Baton Mein, and Darr

  • Bhushan Tiwari: The man with menacing looks played the villain’s henchman in numerous flicks from 60s through to the 90s. Some of his notable films include Zanjeer, Parvarish and Kunwara Baap among many others

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About The Gallery

A lot of actors played memorable supporting roles in Hindi films from the 60s to the 80s. Most of them can be recognised by their faces, but very few know them by their names. On actor Iftekhar's death anniversary, we remember some popular actors and help you out to know them better!