9 stars who are destroying Bollywood stereotypes
Aamir Khan: Aamir Khan has emerged as the real Emperor of Bollywood. With his utter contempt for manufactured award shows, and other Bollywood trappings, the shyest of the Khans has let his work speak for itself. He is singular in his dedication to the craft and in placing quality over box office numbers. Aamir has complete immersion in his roles is something no Indian actor has come close to emulating.
Ranbir Kapoor: Ranbir Kapoor hasn’t fallen into the trap. he has done the top macho roles or formula films for box office profits. This is not to say he hasn’t done Bollywood Masala films. Ranbir’s most memorable performances are in off beat roles such as Wake Up Sid, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year and Barfi where his real genius shines through.
Abhey Deol: Abhey may be lying low for a while but no list of Bollywood game changers is complete without mentioning the rebellious Deol. His intolerance of run of the mill roles and being typecast has resulted in a body of work so impressive that it will take more than a two year hiatus to dull Abhay Deol’s star.
Kalki Koechin: Kalki Koechlin has defied stereotypes since her breakout role as a naive schoolgirl turned prostitute in Dev D. She has built an impressive body of work that stands out in an industry where women are treated little more than decorative pieces in films.
Irfan Khan: Irfan can send a shiver down your spine as the intense Roohdar in Haider, or he can charm you as Saajan in Lunchbox. Even in cameos like the one in the Amazing Spiderman, Irrfan Khan is compelling.
Ranveer Singh: He is unafraid to be himself. His manic energy has lent itself to amazing performances in movies like “Ram Leela” and “Band Baja Baraat”. He also remains the only actor to have done a condom commercial.
Kangana Ranaut: Kangana’s star making performance in Queen. Kangana Ranaut’s real bravery extends beyond the screen where she has been extremely candid about her struggles, particularly about being ridiculed for accent and looks.
Nawaziddin Siddiqui: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s years of struggle seem to have finally paid off. His turn as a character actor in films such as Gangs of Wasseypur, Lunchbox, Talaash and Kahaani have made him a household name.