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The Hindi Cinema or Bollywood has numerous talented actors that have never got credit for their performances. They always stay under the shadow of super stars and are underrated. A famous saying by Oscar Wilde goes: “The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.” These underrated actors have known to deliver their top notch performances but do not achieve respect and compensation equivalent to the stars. The reasons could be either lack of opportunities, lack of exposure and box-office charts. These actors are yet to find the right place and adulation in commercial cinema.

We bring a list of top 10 underrated actors from Bollywood who’s movies are definitely worth watching!!

Irrfan Khan

From Bollywood to Hollywood, Irrfan Khan has worked in many movies proving to be one of the best actors. Having no roots from the entertainment field Irrfan had the passion for acting since his childhood. He started his career with famous TV commercials Chandrakanta and Chanakya. After many years of struggles and hard work Irrfan has started to gain success in his acting career. Irrfan has worked in movies like Piku, Madari, Life of Pie, etc.

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The actor turned producer, R. Madhavan is the most versatile Bollywood actor but remains grossly underrated in the Bollywood. Though Madhvan has gained fame being a South Indian actor his career is yet to kick start in the Hindi film industry. Madhvan has been an integral part of movies like Tanu Weds Manu, 3 Idiots and Rang De Basanti.

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Konkana Sen Sharma

Konkana Sen Sharma has played off-beat roles in the Hindi cinema but the audience has failed to identify her talents. If people recognized her talent she could have been rightly been called as the queen of parallel cinema. She has been well recognized in movies like Life in a Metro, Page 3 and Lipstick Under my Burkha.

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K.K. Menon

He is an actor with versatile acting skills and emotions, but unfortunately quite underrated in the film industry. He is one of the finest actors of Bollywood who can breathe life into dead roles. Menon has grabbed awards for films like Shaurya, Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi, Gulaal, etc.

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Arshad Warsi

He has started his career in Bollywood ever since he was a young boy. His debut film was Tere Mere Sapne, but his talent was appreciated by audience for his role (Circuit) in Munnabhai MBBS. Arshad Warsi can pull off roles from comedy to emotional to serious. We wish a talented actor like him can grab on some really good movies in Bollywood.

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Nandita Das

Nandita Das embraced her dark skin tone and gave her best performance in many films of Bollywood. She is a role model for many aspiring actresses. We can witness her brilliant skills in movies like Earth, Fire, Bhawander but she she’s never got attention as the other glamour queens of Bollywood.

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Raj Kumar Rao Yadav

Raj Kumar Rao has proved to be an astonishing actor in the Hindi film industry. His movies are a delight to watch. Newton, Bareily ki Barfi, Talaash, Trapped, Shahid, Kai Po Che, Aligarh, etc. show some of his finest performances.

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Divya Dutta

Divya Dutta is one such actress who broke the stereotypic female roles in movies to do simple roles. Based on her inborn talent and acting skills Divya has established herself as a leading female actor in the parallel cinema. Though she is not in limelight as the other Bollywood divas, Divya is one gorgeous and glamorous style icon. She has worked in movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Veer Zara, Traffic, etc. where we can witness her brilliant performances.

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Boman Irani

Boman Irani entered the hindi cinema in his 40s and achieved recognition from the audience from the portrayal of Dr. Asthana in Munna Bhai MBBS. He has successfully grabbed many good roles in big banner movies including 3-idiots, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Happy New Year and more. He is a versatile actor exploring his talent in different genres of acting like action, horror, comedy, and drama.

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Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte has done quite some notable roles in her short span of film career. She is a well known theater artist and has set her goals to make her mark in Bollywood. She has acted in Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu movies too. Ahalya, her short film won many good remarks even from the stingiest of the critics. The country saw her amazing performance in Hunter, Badlapur and Manjhi – The Mountain Man.

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Your turn now!!

Do list your favorite Bollywood actors who deserve more limelight than the so called superstars of Indian cinema!!


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