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We always talk about Bollywood heroes and heroines. But now this time we need to focus about those who play a supporting role and ultimately all the credit goes only to the protagonist. In most of the Bollywood movies, the supporting characters add a lot to the film’s layered narrative and sometimes, they leave an impression that is hard to shake off. We want to see more of them, we want to know their story, their life, their struggles. In a first of its kind, Bollywood has taken the route of spin-offs with Naam Shabana starring Taapsee Pannu. The character created quite an impression in 2015’s Baby and two years on, we get to see a feature film with her character at the center. So as per the above context “7 characters who deserve a film of their own shall be the epicenter of discussion.” Here are some of the most memorable supporting characters who deserve their own movies.
Chand Nawab (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) – Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui played as a Pakistani journalist who was instrumental in Munni’s safe return as we all know from the aforesaid film. The actor is extremely talented and a movie about his life after the events of Bajrangi Bhaijaan would be interesting to watch.
Bob Biswas (Saswata Chatterjee) – Kahaani:- Saswata can be seen in Bengali serial industry but this marvelous actor got an opportunity to show his skills in the film Kahaani. Bob was easily the creepiest villain we’ve seen in the past decade. He murders like it’s another day at work and his ruthless, cold blooded attitude makes him perfect as a protagonist.
Circuit (Arshad Warsi) – Munnabhai series
Munna Bhai series was responsible for Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi’s career resurgence. While the series revolved around the idealistic gangster Munna Bhai, it was Circuit his sidekick who ended up generating the most comic moments in the movie. The circuit had some of the best lines in both the first and the second movie and his goofy sense of humor served as a great foil to Munna’s idealism. Audiences loved Circuit’s blind devotion to his ‘bhai’ to the point where the Munna Bhai series feels incomplete without Circuit. We would definitely love a spin off with Circuit as the lead.
Uday Shetty (Nana Patekar) – Welcome
Welcome is another movie in the long line of mindless goofy movies but what really made the movie memorable was the duo of Uday Shetty and Majno Bhai. Among the two Uday Shetty portrayed by Nana Patekar was particularly memorable. Shetty is a gullible mafia don desperate to get his sister married by any means necessary which obviously results in some really funny moments. His interplay with Anil Kapoor’s Majno Bhai particularly made the two characters loveable. The strength of the two characters can be seen in the fact that in the sequel the lead character portrayed by Akshay Kumar was not present but Uday and Majno were still there. The scenes where Uday tries to make it as an actor in the original movie had the audiences in hysterics and Patekar’s performance was one of the most well received by the audiences and critics alike. So this marvelous actor definitely deserves a movie of his own.
Bhiku Matre (Manoj Bajpaye) – Satya
Ram Gopal Verma has always been known as an out of the box film maker. Back in 1995, he invented a whole new genre of movies known as the ‘Mumbai noir’ with Satya. The movie was a complete departure from the Bollywood formula with an unknown cast. Although the titular character was portrayed by J.D Chakravarthy, it was Manoj Bajpaye with his Bhiku Matre character who received the highest praise. Bajpaye’s portrayal of the hot-headed gangster immediately launched him into stardom. Matre was unlike any other character is seen on screen before. He was a hot headed gangster who killed people in cold blood yet was scared of his wife. He is a ruthless gangster who is willing to go against his own boss and yet a father of two kids with a goofy sense of humor. In short, Bhiku Matre was a three-dimensional character and Bajpaye’s portrayal of the character serves as a blueprint for all similar performances.
Naghma Khatoon (Richa chadda)- Gangs of Wasseypur
Like Ram Gopal Verma, Anurag Kashyap is known for his offbeat movies. His biggest success came in the form of Gangs of Wasseypur. The movie had some very interesting characters and one of them was Naghma Khatoon portrayed by Richa Chadda. Naghma is the weary wife of Sardar Khan who isn’t afraid of anyone. She is loud, abrasive and brash who plays a key role in pushing her own son towards a life of crime. Richa Chadda’s performance was one of the most well received in a film which had talented actors like Nawaazuddin Siddique and Manoj Bajpaye amongst the cast.
Laurent (Mehdi Nebbou) – English Vinglish
Laurent came in Shashi’s life when she started her English language classes. He paid attention to the artist in her and even though she wasn’t interested in him in a romantic way, his presence made Shashi see herself in a new light. A film about him would explore the simplicity of a man who is still finding his place in New York City and would be a nice slice of life story.