Bollywood is a pool of talented actors and actresses but there are some of the actors and actresses who doesn’t get the limelight which they deserve. In spite of having proved their talent again and again, they did not get their share of recognition. Here we list some of the underrated actors and actresses.
1) Shahid Kapoor :- Shahid Kapoor has achieved fame on his own ability and hard work. Started his career in the 90s as a background dancers in few films, was also featured in music videos and television commercials. Known more for his dancing skills has given more number of flops than hits but with movies like Kaminey, Vivah, Jab We Met, Haider, etc. he has proved that he has amazing acting skills too. His role in the movie Haider, a son who returns to Kashmir to seek answer about his father’s disappearance, when Kashmir was in a state of political conflicts; and his role as a drug abusing singer in Udta Punjab has garnered him critic’s acclaim and Critics Awards for Best Actor. Despite being the recipient of three filmfare Awards and two critic’s award he has been an underrated actor perhaps because of his commercially unsuccessful films.
2) Tabu :- Tabassum Fatima Hashmi popularly known as ‘Tabu’ is a versatile actress has primarily acted in Hindi films and also appeared in English, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali and Malayalam languages films. She is a daring actress regarding choosing films and roles. She did justice to every character she has portrayed, proof of which we can see in films like Haider, Maqbool, Drishyam, ‘Chandni Bar’ , in which she portrays the role of a bar dancer and won National Film Awards for Best Actress; in the movie ‘Astitva ‘ , she plays the role of a woman who tries to find identity outside her married life, for which she received FilmFare Critic’s Award for Best Performance, etc. She has received two National Film Award for Best Actress, six Filmfare Awards including four Critic’s Award for Best Actress for her outstanding and unparallel performances. She is one of the finest actress yet hugely untapped.
3) Akshaye Khanna :- Akshaye Khanna is the son of the legendary actor ‘ Vinod Khanna’, known for his expressive eyes, is a very talented actor and has done a variety of roles from being a protagonist, comedy and negative one as well but still he is not counted in the list of the top notch actors in the industry. Many of his films were unsuccessful at the box office but some of them received critic’s appreciation like Gandhi, My father, in which he plays the role of Mahatma Gandhi’s eldest son, Hiralal Gandhi. Many of his films were successful at the box office like Taal, Border, Race, Dil Chahta Hai, a classic cult; Humraaz, his role as a convincing con-artist which earned him Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role; Hungama and Hulchul of comedy genre was a box office hit.
4) R. Madhavan :- Madhavan Balaji Ranganathan popularly known as R. Madhavan is a tamilian, started his career from Hindi serials. He is one of the few actors in India, who is able to receive pan- India appeal for appearing on film from seven different languages. He is a superstar in southern India, writer, film producer and television host yet one of the most underrated actor in the Hindi film industry. He is one of the most versatile Indian actor. Many of his films has earned critics appreciation and has become a box office hit like Rang de Basanti, a patriotic film in which he portrays a guest role of a flight lieutenant; 3 Idiots, a comedy-drama film; Tanu weds Manu and Tanu weds Manu returns, a romantic drama film. He is one of the few actors who has been able to establish himself successfully both in the north as well as in the south.
5) Konkona Sen Sharma :- The daughter of famous Bengali filmmaker-actress Aparna Den, Konkona is a very talented actress known for her off-beat roles. Started her career as a child artist in 1983 is often considered underrated due to her movie picks. The queen of contemporary parallel cinema has always earned critic’s acclamation but often the audience fail to recognize her talent. She won both the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress and Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in ‘Omkara ‘. Her unconventional roles in the movies like Wake up Sid, Page 3, Ek thi Dayaan has drawn the praise of audience. Despite her national award win for’ Life in a Metro’ Konkona still remains unrecognized by the audience.