Sorry Shakespeare, for an actor it’s all in a name



Kamyaab is not just a movie depicting the life of supporting actors but somewhere it showcases the reel of life. A life of thankless credits is visible across different spectrum of people. A mother feels the same. A homemaker feels the same. A retired founder of a huge firm also is susceptible to the same feeling. An employee after spending 10-15 years in a firm might feel the same so would a teacher after helping thousands of students become self-reliant. We all at some point of our life might have felt the pinch of thankless credit to our efforts, our dedication, our feeling.


Let us take a look at those fine actors who, although, have been credited as ‘supporting cast’ in the movies they have acted but have played a far more important part to not complement but to complete the story they were a part of, showing their finesse in the art they live by. Before you continue reading let’s see to how many of these names can you put a face?


Rajesh Sharma

Vipin Sharma

Seems Pahwa

Gaurav Pandey

Nitish Pandey

Murli Sharma

Ashwini Kaleskar

Manoj Joshi.

How many did you get? These are the actors who have made the cinema relatable otherwise the heroes are busy looking good.


Rajesh Sharma

Rajesh Sharma

A very popular face in Hindi and Bengali cinema, Rajesh Sharma is one of the strongest supporting actors Hindi film industry has these days so much so that it would be a crime to call him a ‘supporting actor’. He has played all the roles given to him with utmost sincerity and finesses and has shown the strength to make a film on his own merit. Be it the surprisingly good Pakistani police officer in Bajrangi Bhaijaan or Dhoni’s coach in the movie M.S. Dhoni: The untold story, Rajesh has delighted the audiences with his superb performances.


Vipin Sharma

Vipin Sharma

If you have the will you have the way and this man is the living example of the same. Having spent his childhood in a slum in Delhi and doing odd jobs like selling tickets and tea, Vipin has seen it all. He is now one of the busiest actors doing films as well as web series. We still remember him as the strict father from Taare Zameen Par and you would agree that if you see the movie again his presence would still give you tensed eyebrows.


Seema Pahwa

Seema Pahwa

An awesome actor with a beeline of power-packed roles, Seema Pahwa is one name this generation should know. Even after starting her career as Badki in Doordarshan’s super popular Hum Log, she started getting much better roles quite late in the day. Be it the rise of low-budget but story-based cinema or the rise of OTT platforms which allows people to watch a movie multiple times, this seems to her golden period as she got nominated for multiple awards. The audience, which has become choosey yet mature, would be delighted to see her in a different avatar doing not just comedy but perhaps something interesting.


Gaurav Pandey

Gaurav Pandey

A handsome guy who sadly is popular as hero’s best buddy. Gaurav is new relatively new in the list but is a decent actor who, if given a good role would do a better job than so far. He got popular with movies like Humpty Sharma Ki Dhulhania and Badrinath Ki Dulhania. He managed to get recognition but is still struggling to get his name attached to his face.


Nitish Pandey

Nitish Pandey

Although being a part of a very popular show of its time ‘Astitva... Ek Prem Kahani’, Nitish got recognition with Khosla Ka Ghosla which in turn helped him play a role in SRK starrer Om Shanti Om. He is a fine and balanced actor who never fails to deliver irrespective of the size of the role. The characters he played have always had this soothing side to it which made him get popular as a go-to guy. He deserves more work, better work.


Murli Sharma

Murli Sharma

Main Hoon Naa and Singham fans know him as a guy who more often than not plays a bad guy in the beginning but then has a heart change and ‘helps’ the hero save the day. He is a versatile actor whose presence in a movie assures some worthy performances. He has successfully played various characters not only in Hindi cinema but even in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. He should not be just a face that people recognize but a name that people should remember. He is capable of getting meatier roles and even a film in his name.


Ashwini Kalsekar

Ashwini Kalsekar

Damini of Golmaal Returns has been seen playing comedy roles lately but this tremendously talented actress has been entertaining the audiences through all kinds of roles since the 1990s. She has been a part of famous serials like Shanti, Shaktimaan, Kasamh Se among others along with superhit films like the Golmaal series, Badlapur, Andhadhun and Simmba. Ashwini is a name we all should remember as there are a very few female character artists who have become a household face. Women like her give hope to female actors and help them survive this otherwise harsh industry where glamour and skin show has become the criteria in selection for a role.


Manoj Joshi

Manoj Joshi

We all remember him in a comedy role of a tortured principal of a college in Golmaal- fun unlimited. A senior actor who has never failed any of his roles be it television or big screen, Manoj Joshi is a familiar face for people of all age groups. He started his career in 1989 with a Marathi serial, Rau, where he played the titular role of Bajirao Peshwa. He has been playing the role of Chanakya in a play since 1990. Not many people are aware that Manoj Joshi has been awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 2018 for his contribution to theatre and cinema. He deserves a much larger credit in popular space than is currently given.


Shakespeare might disagree but there is a lot in a name. A name gives you a life beyond death and credit to your life’s work.

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