Bollywood saw some welcome surprises this year, with new entrees sparking off as heroes and the existing ones creating Box Office records. Mixed responses, hit songs, promising debuts – let us take a look at the top 10 leading men of the year.
10. Aditya Roy Kapur Three films as a supporting actor and all three bombed at the Box Office. Aashiqui-2 came as a boon for him, and he made sure he will not waste the opportunity. He played the role of a waning rockstar convincingly, and added his own style, not comparing it with Amitabh’s role in Abhimaan. He had a consecutive hit through Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. However, if he continues to settle with the ‘bewda’ roles, survival is tough.
9. Akshay Kumar Akki is a peculiar star who can give amazing and annoying performances in the same year. Last year, it was Khiladi 786 and OMG. This year the amazing one was Special 26. He brings out the best in him when given some intelligent roles. He plays a wise con ‘Ajay Singh’ in Special 26, with the required subtlety. His roles in OUTAMD and Boss however diluted the powerful performance of Special 26.
8. Ranbir Kapoor Probably, Ranbir Kapoor has a unique charm to make even a mediocre script look good. Such is his impact when he performs. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani had Ranbir playing a flamboyant youngster Bunny who loves travelling around the world with no strings attached. His vibrant screen presence is an asset to the movie. The ‘Babli’ he did in Besharam will definitely remain his worst choice ever though.
7. Sushant Singh Rajput He can play a self-less passionate cricketer in Kai Po Che, and a confused commitment-fearing lover in Shudd Desi Romance. Such a diametrically opposite roles but performed with equal finesse. A potential candidate for the title ‘The next big thing in Bollywood’ indeed. No wonder this talented actor has been signed to play Byomkesh Bakshi’ (in Dibakar Banerjee’s direction) and a movie with Raj Kumar Hirani.
6. Ranveer Singh Ranveer ki chaal Dekho, Aakhon ki majaal dekho, karein yeh dhamaal dekho… He played a silent con struggling between the loyalty towards his boss and love towards Pakhi. A complex character was handled so well by Ranveer. He was a revelation in Ram-Leela. Whether it’s a rapchik Dance or a steamy romantic scene or delivering an intense emotional dialogue, he stole the show. In short, for Ranveer, 2013 was Tattad Tattad Tattad Tattad….!
5. Raj Kumar Yadav Very few actors are like molten metal that can be molded into any shape and structure. Raj Kumar Yadav easily fits into that category. Playing an ambitious and business-minded ‘Govind’ in Kai Po Che brought him a lot of the long-deserving recognition. After that, in Shahid he played a real-life character ‘Shahid Azmi’, a savior of the innocents falsely accused of terrorism. The performance of Raj Kumar Yadav would have surely brought happy tears to the Late Shahid Azmi up in the heaven.
4. Dhanush In the climax of Raanjhanaa, Kundan on the death bed says : “Par uthenge kisi din ussi ganga kinare, damru bajane ko ,unhi banaras ke galiyon mein Daud jane ko.. Kisi Zoya ke ishq me phir se padh jaane ko..!!” A thin stream of tears roll down your cheeks while the end titles roll on the screen followed by a standing ovation. That small town, unconditional, stalking but sincere lover of Banaras will remain in the hearts forever. Dhanush makes the best debut in Bollywood ever by an actor from the South.
3. Shahrukh Khan After Om Shanti Om, SRK didn’t really have a big hit. He tried doing some serious films and roles, but they did not fetch the numbers at the box office that he usually gets. He then went back to what he is loved for – entertainment and more entertainment. He packed his back-pack with humor, boarded the Chennai Express, became a Rahul again and brought the house down with ample comedy! Playing the common man was not new to him, and entertaining audience for him is anyway a piece of cake. The 40-yr old Rahul won the hearts again and is back to the Badshah’s throne after a 6-year sabbatical.
2. Irfan Khan Gosh! This Paan Singh has become unstoppable. In D-Day, he played Wali, a RAW agent in the disguise of a Pakistani barber. His performance creates heart-wrenching moments, the best one being when Wali speaks to his son ‘Kabira’ with the red and moist eyes, before sacrificing himself in the mission. In Lunchbox, he plays a lonely widower, portraying it flawlessly. He smokes a cigarette in the balcony looking at the happy family in the opposite house. The way he looks, speaks volumes about the loneliness of Saajan Fernandes. A Gem!
1.Farhan Akthar How far one would go to get a make-over for a biopic? For Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Farhan Akthar has gone the farthest, no one would even dream. So much that, in the side profile, he looks like a copy of Milkha Singh. Not just limiting to the looks, he has absorbed the character of the Flying Singh totally, like he gulped the cans of ghee in the movie. This MARD surrendered himself to the character and how. If there was something called a goose-bump meter, it would have burst!