Bollywood has been blamed for its disregard for talent. There are so many brilliant actors, who are powerhouses of talent. But, sadly, Bollywood has failed to do justice to their true potential. Doesn’t matter if they are in lead roles or supporting, these talented actors have managed to steal the hearts of their audience. Despite their terrific performances, they remain sidelined in Bollywood for quite some time now. These actors, even after being so talented, hardly saw the fame they rightfully deserved.
1. Abhay Deol
Even after the great movies like Socha Na Tha, ZNMD, and Dev D, it is sad how we don’t see Abhay Deol often on the big screen. Abhay Deol has been quite open about being sidelined by Bollywood on multiple occasions. In one of his interviews, he also revealed his displeasure about himself and Farhan Akhtar being demoted as supporting actors for ZNMD instead of being called leads at various film awards. At the same time, Hrithik and Katrina were nominated for the ‘lead roles’.
“Abhay Deol had taken to his Instagram handle to express his displeasure about him and Farhan Akhtar being demoted as supporting actors for ZNMD instead of being called leads at various film awards. While Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif were nominated in the lead role categories. So by the industry’s own logic, this was a film about a man and a woman falling in love, with the man supported by his friends for whatever decisions he takes. There are many covert and overt ways in which people in the industry lobby against you. In this case, it was shamelessly overt. I of course boycotted the awards but Farhan was ok with it”.
With Dev D and Gulaal, very talented Mahie Gill became an overnight star. But, sadly, she isn’t being offered a meatier role anymore. In her interview with PTI, Mahie Gill shared how doing a supporting role in the commercial film Dabangg backfired:
“After Dev D, I had won a lot of appreciation and awards. People wanted to sign me for films. But I did Dabangg and it backfired big time. The producers started to offer me small roles. I felt very bad but I did not know what was happening. I believe in destiny a lot, I think this was meant to happen. I did regret doing the role but now I do not,” No one can deny that she is a talented actor and we need to see her more on the screen.
Sheeba Chaddha has won our hearts multiple times. Be it in Dum Laga Ke Haisha or Luck by Chance or Pagglait or Badhaai Do. This talented actress has the ability to steal the scene from any superstar. Be it the role of aunt or mother, Sheeba has always left a long-lasting impact on the audiences with her roles. But sadly, Bollywood has failed to do justice to her talent. But, what’s even worse is how she is not even getting paid as much as she should.
“It’s really really sad because they will want a certain kind of actor for a role but then refuse to pay beyond the bare minimum. I refused two films recently because the money was ridiculous.”
Even after well-known movies like Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd, Bheja Fry, Singh Is Kinng and Dasvidaniya, Ranvir Shorey has been sidelined in the Bollywood industry. Ranvir Shorey himself admitted that he feels deliberately sidelined by mainstream filmmakers today. In his interview with PTI, Ranvir mentioned:
“You should talk to the filmmakers, especially the mainstream ones, and ask them why they don’t give me work. I did Ek Tha Tiger, but I wasn’t in Tiger Zinda Hai. I know and I feel that I’m ignored.”
With multiple movies, Shreyas Talpade has proved himself as a strong actor. Be it Iqbal, Om Shanti Om, or Dor, Shreyas has done justice to each of his performances. But sadly, he is capable to do more. Opening up about the Bollywood industry, he said:
“I found out that there are certain actors who are insecure about sharing screen space with me and don’t want me in a film. I have done certain films for friends only keeping their interests in mind but then I have been back-stabbed by the same friends. Then there are friends who go ahead and make films without including me, which makes one question if they are even friends at all. Actually, in the industry, 90% of the people are just acquaintances, there are only 10% who actually feel happy when you do well. The egos are so fragile here,”
Tisca Chopra, who has won our hearts with her great performances in the movies Taare Zameen Par and shows like 24 and hostages, has been struggling to get good roles that don’t typecast her. In her interview with Free Press Journal, she shared how she struggled to get good work after Taare Zameen Par for almost one and a half years. She said:
“I thought after such a big success with such an iconic film, I should be able to walk into projects easily. What I didn’t envisage was that stereotyping is another battle that I would now have to fight. For a year and a half, I didn’t do anything till I decided to do Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji, and that kind of role reinvented the idea of what people thought I could do,”
Arshad Warsi is a great actor and it is sad how even after 25 years in Bollywood, he is still looking for a job. In his interview with Hindustan Times, he said,
“So, (the truth is), I have completed 25 years in the industry, and I’m still looking for a job because that is how the industry is,”. No one can deny that Arshad Warsi remains one of the most underutilized gems of the industry.
Sadly, even after giving great performances in the movies like Raanjhanaa, Tanu Weds Manu: Returns, and Shahid, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub shares how he is paying the price for being an outsider. While opening up about his struggle, he shared how outsiders are often lied to about movie roles and poster credits. While talking to Hindustan Times, he said:
“You’re told that you have this projection and sometimes you’re promised a poster, too. The makers sell you the character like it’s the poster character and one of the main leads, but while shooting, it becomes a side character.”