That actor from that movie! Tribute to Bollywood's most popular 'side' actors

Updated: Aug 07, 2020, 14:56 | Nikita Wagh
  • Keshto Mukherjee

    Keshto Mukherjee: The man who did not drink in real life was an absolute laugh riot as the drunkard on-screen. Even his brief appearances in Bombay to Goa, Padosan and Sholay enriched the films with laughter.

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  • Kishore Pradhan

    Kishore Pradhan: Among the millennials, he is best remembered for his small role as a railway stationmaster in Jab We Met with this iconic dialogue 'Akeli ladki khuli tijori ki tarah hoti hai'. But the veteran actor acted in more than 100 Marathi plays, and about 18 English plays. Kishore Pradhan also starred in Lage Raho Munna Bhai as one of the professors and Milind Soman-starrer Rules: Pyaar Ka Superhit Formula.

    2/22
  • Iftekhar

    Iftekhar: There was a time in Bollywood when having Iftekhar as a police officer in a film was a must. He donned the khaki in legendary films like Zanjeer and Don. In addition, he also shocked many with his portrayal of the dreaded criminal in Khel Khel Mein, and who can forget the crooked industrialist in Deewar?

    3/22
  • Tun Tun:

    Tun Tun: Uma Devi Khatri, better known by her screen name Tun Tun, is often called the 'first woman comedian of Hindi cinema'. She entered the Hindi film industry as a singer and eventually moved on to acting. Music composer Naushad Ali asked Dilip Kumar to cast her in one of his films, and she appeared in Babul (1950). It is he who renamed her as 'Tun Tun' to suit her comic persona. She went on to act in Guru Dutt's classics like Aar Paar (1954) and Pyaasa (1957). In the 1960s and 1970s, she was the comic relief in several Hindi films. She also starred in Amitabh Bachchan's Namak Halaal (1982).

    4/22
  • Rajendra Nath

    Rajendra Nath: His comic timing was incredible, and Nath used his skill to great effect in successful films like Dil Deke Dekho, Teesri Manzil, Baharon Ke Sapne and Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai. He usually was Shammi Kapoor's best friend in most of his movies.

    5/22
  • Jagdish Raj

    Jagdish Raj: Like Iftekar, Jagdish Raj also specialised in playing the police officer. If anything, he only went one step ahead and established a record for playing the police officer in films the most number of times.

    6/22
  • Saeed Jaffrey

    Saeed Jaffrey: As Lalan Mian, the character who runs a paan beedi shop in Chashme Buddoor, Jaffrey was likeable. He did roles worthy of praise in Gandhi, Masoom, Mashaal, Dil and, of course, Shatranj Ke Khiladi.

    7/22
  • Sanjay Mishra

    Sanjay Mishra: His brand of comedy is so favoured that you find him in most of the films made today. He first gained popularity in the role of Shukla, a corrupt paan-loving employee in the TV serial Office Office and was later known for hits like the Golmaal series and All the Best: Fun Begins. But do you know Sanjay Mishra has been part of the industry for over three decades now? He started his career with television with the show Chanakya and made his Bollywood debut with the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!

    8/22
  • Viju Khote

    Viju Khote: Another actor who became famous courtesy Sholay, Khote was the 'Kaalia' in Gabbar's gang. His other notable films include Qurbani, Karz, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Andaz Apna Apna (as the hilarious Robert).

    9/22
  • A. K. Hangal

    A. K. Hangal: The ultimate character actor, Hangal (second from right) is best remembered as Imaam Saab from 'Sholay'. He mostly played the man of principles, most notably in Namak Haraam, apart from father/relative of the leading characters. In some movies, he was also the loyal servant.

    10/22
  • Mac Mohan

    Mac Mohan: Most remembered as Sambha of Gabbar Singh's gang in Sholay, he also portrayed the side villain in numerous flicks through the '70s and '80s. These included Don, Karz, Satte Pe Satta, and Shaan.

    11/22
  • Om Shivpuri

    Om Shivpuri: Vardan from the original Don, Shivpuri portrayed positive roles as well as characters with grey shades in a career spanning over two decades. He acted in over 175 films, Koshish, Aandhi, Khubsoorat, Disco Dancer and Hatya being some of his memorable ones. For trivia enthusiasts, he was the husband of Sudha Shivpuri, who played the iconic 'Baa' in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

    12/22
  • Deven Verma

    Deven Verma: One of Bollywood's best comedians, Verma has never quite got his due. His comic acts in Khatta Meetha, Angoor among others are still capable of eliciting plenty of laughs.

    13/22
  • Satyen Kappu

    Satyen Kappu: Another Sholay legend, Satyen Kappu was Ramlal, Sanjeev Kumar's loyal servant. In a career spanning four decades and nearly 270 films, he portrayed almost every character an actor could - father, police officer, uncle, doctor, apart from a few villainous roles as well. Kappu's notable films include Deewaar, Kati Patang, Don, Zanjeer and Namak Halaal.

    14/22
  • Utpal Dutt

    Utpal Dutt: Golmaal wouldn't have been what it is without Dutt and his eccentricities. His funny acts in Naram Garam, Rang Birangi and Shaukeen were also excellent and deserve to be appreciated.

    15/22
  • Ram Sethi

    Ram Sethi: The yesteryear actor, who was recently seen in a commercial for a bike, was once a common feature in Big B films. As Bhairon in Namak Halal, Harnamam in Laawaris and Pyarelal in Muqaddar Ka Sikander, Sethi was a wonderful support base for Bachchan.

    16/22
  • Asrani

    Asrani: The comedian has become synonymous as the 'angrezo ke zamane ka jailor' from Sholay. His noteworthy supporting roles include those in Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke and Mere Apne. He is still part of many movies like R... Rajkumar, Mastizaade, Bol Bachchan among others.

    17/22
  • Goga Kapoor (Ravinder Kapoor)

    Goga Kapoor (Ravinder Kapoor): He was mostly the henchman of the main villain, but did make a significant impact as Dinkar Rao in Agneepath and the large-hearted Don in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa.

    18/22
  • Shriram Lagoo

    Shriram Lagoo: A legend of Marathi theatre and cinema, Lagoo has acted in over 100 Hindi films, mostly as the father of the lead actor. His memorable movies feature Immaan Dharam, Gharaonda, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Laawaris and Souten.

    19/22
  • Sharat Saxena

    Sharat Saxena: Dagga from 'Mr. India', Saxena has featured in close to 160 films in a career that kickstarted in the 70s. He has played bit roles in successful films like Tridev, Ghayal, Khiladi, Ghulam and Baghban.

    20/22
  • Dalip Tahil

    Dalip Tahil: It was referring to his character in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak that Aamir Khan sang the evergreen 'Papa Kehte Hain'. Over the years, Tahil also featured in Ram Lakhan, Tridev, Deewana and Darr among others. His negative role in Baazigar was well appreciated.

    21/22
  • David Abraham Cheulkar

    David Abraham Cheulkar: He excelled as the supporting cast in classic comedies such as Chupke Chupke, Gol Maal, Khubsoorat and Baton Baton Mein, mostly playing a relative of the lead character.

    22/22
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About The Gallery

Even as lead actors continue to rule the roost in the film industry, a few character artists also called as 'side actors', who play small but significant roles, create a lasting impression with their acting skills. On Keshto Mukherjee's birth anniversary, here's a tribute to these unsung heroes.