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10 Most Underrated Actors Of Bollywood

To succeed in Bollywood, along with tremendous luck, you also need to belong to a famous family. Some people become superstars, megastars overnight with just one movie, then there are those actors who need to work years together in the industry in order to gain fame and popularity. These actors mesmerise us with their performances but never really get the limelight they deserve. Here is a list of some of the most underrated actors of Bollywood.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

After a period of unnoticed performances in his early career, he appeared in four major films of 2012 – Kahaani (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2 (2012) and Talaash (2012), all of which earned him wide critical reception and many Awards including Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male both for his role as Taimur in Talaash: The Answer Lies Within as well as Stardust Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gangs of Wasseypur.

Paresh Rawal

In 1994, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in the films and . For the latter, he also received his first Filmfare Award for Best Comedian. This was followed by Ketan Mehta's , which saw him playing the lead role of freedom fighter Vallabhbhai Patel, a role that got him national and international acclaim.

Vijay Raaz

Vijay Raaz is an Indian film actor. His breakthrough came when he played the role of Dubeyji in the movie Monsoon Wedding and is also famous for his memorable performance in the movie Run in which his Kauwa Biryani act became highly and critically acclaimed. Since then, Raaz has been cast in small, often comedic roles, in many Hindi movies, often depicting the character of a common man.He marks his directorial debut with the upcoming release of Kya Dilli Kya Lahore.

Atul Kulkarni

Atul Kulkarni is an Indian film actor who has acted in multiple language films. Kulkarni won the National Award for the best supporting actor for the films Hey Ram and Chandni Bar. Kulkarni is also the president of Quest, a research action organization concentrating on enhancing quality of education.

Sanjay Mishra

Sanjay Mishra (born 1963) is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema and Television. An alumnus of National School of Drama, He made his acting debut with the 1995 film Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!. He then followed it up with hits such as Rajkumar (1996) and Satya (1998). He has appeared as Apple Singh, an "icon" used by ESPN Star Sports during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. In 2015, He received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ankhon Dekhi

Kay Kay Menon

Kay Kay Menon (K. K. Menon) is an Indian film actor who works in Hindi cinema. He is mostly known for his role of elder son Vishnu in Sarkar, Brigadier Pratap in Shaurya, Dukey Bana in Gulaal, inspector Rakesh Maria in Black Friday, Suresh in Mumbai Meri Jaan and Khurram Meer in the film Haider, to which he won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Saurabh Shukla

Saurabh Shukla is an Indian film, theatre and television actor, director and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in films like Satya (1998), Barfi! (2012), Jolly LLB (2013), Kick (2014), and PK (2014). In 2014, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Jolly LLB.

Jimmy Shergill

Shergill started his acting career in 1996 with the critically acclaimed film Maachis directed by Gulzar based on terrorism in Punjab. The film did reasonably well at the box office and got him noticed by all the top filmmakers in the industry which led him to being cast in Aditya Chopra's Mohabbatein alongside stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Aishwarya Rai. He's consistently won rave reviews for all his performances in films like Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, Haasil, Munna Bhai, Yahaan, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, A Wednesday, My Name is Khan, Tanu Weds Manu, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, Special 26, Bullett Raja and Fugly. He also worked with rising star of the time Amisha Patel in Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar.

Boman Irani

Boman Irani is an Indian film and theatre actor, voice artist and photographer. He is widely known for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood movies such as Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots and most recently PK and Happy New Year.

Manoj Bajpai

Manoj Bajpayee, also credited as Manoj Bajpai, is an Indian film actor who works predominantly in Bollywood , Tollywood and Kollywood. He has received praise from many critics for his acting performances in Indian Cinema, most notably for his roles as dacoit Maan Singh in Bandit Queen, Raghavan in Aks, Bhiku Mahatre in Satya, Rasheed in Pinjar, and Sardar Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur. His work has been recognised by several Filmfare awards as well as multiple National Film Awards.

Shreyas Talpade

Talpade began his acting career appearing in Marathi soap operas and doing stage shows across Maharashtra. He also appeared in the Zee TV soap opera Woh (1997) in which he was the main lead. He has also acted in mini-serials for the production "Adhikari Brothers". His role, in a very popular Marathi serial "Damini", as the character Tejas was very popular among Marathi audiences. Fame arrived after he made his Bollywood debut in Nagesh Kukunoor's Iqbal which was written by Vipul K Rawal[2] in which he played the role of a deaf & mute youngster aspiring to be a cricketer.[3] The film and his performance were well received by both audiences and critics.[4] His next film was Nagesh Kukunoor's Dor in which he played the comic role of a behroopiya, a man with many disguises. This film was also well received by critics.