What comes to your mind when you hear the word Acting? A hero in a film saying some dramatic dialogue in front of the camera? Acting is about giving life to the emotions, making the unreal more powerful than the real. Bollywood has many talented artists. There’s always a debate about who’s the best actor? Some say SRK, some would say, Aamir Khan, while Salman Khan fans would disagree with that. There’s a big difference between an actor and a superstar. While I am not saying the mentioned individuals aren’t actors, they are, but there are better actors than them. There are theater artists who could make you cry, make you love them or hate them.
So Let’s Take A Look At 10 Theater Actors Who Are Better Than The Khans When It Comes To Acting!
10. Pankaj Tripathi
Pankaj Tripathi who was born in Bihar is famous for his natural and flawless acting. As a kid, he used to play a girl’s character in the village Natak show. It was then he realized he wanted to be an actor. After schooling, he went to Patna where he did theater. After that, he moved to Delhi where he enrolled in the National School of Drama where he learned and developed his acting skills. He rose to fame with his role in Gangs of Wasseypur.
9. Manoj Bajpayee
A famous Indian actor who has won two National Awards. Born in a small village in the Bihar state, he always wanted to become a successful actor. At the age of 17, he applied for admission in the National School of Drama, he got rejected four times, but he kept trying. After working with Barry John for a while and learning about the fundamentals of the acting, he applied again at NSD, and was offered the position of a teacher.
8. Naseeruddin Shah
After graduating in Arts, he enrolled in the National School of Drama where he groomed his acting skills. He is a significant figure in the Indian parallel cinema. The actor has won three National Awards which goes to show how good he is.
7. Irrfan Khan
After earning a scholarship to study at the NSD, he joined the institution. Started his career with the television serials such as Bharat Ek Khoj, Chandrakanta, Chanakya. He struggled to make it in the film industry. He rose to fame with his performances in Rog and Haasil. But the film Paan Singh Tomar earned him the recognition he deserved.
6. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, he moved to Delhi where he got drawn to the acting. He graduated from Nation School of Drama in 1996. He had to struggle a lot to make a name, he did many small roles and cameos in various films. The film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ made him a superstar.
5. Makarand Deshpande
He is an actor, director, and writer, known for his supporting roles in films like Swades, Makdee. His contribution to Indian theater is unparalleled, he has directed 40-full length plays and around 50 short plays.
4. Anupam Kher
This man has appeared in over 500 movies in various languages. He can do comedy, tragedy, negative roles, pretty versatile. Anupam Kher has also held the position of the chairman of National School of Drama.
3. Pankaj Kapoor
Many people call him the walking acting institution. He is a three-time National Award winner and father of the talented actor, Shahid Kapoor.
2. Boman Irani
Before entering Bollywood, he worked as a waiter and as a photographer. He pursued acting as a career pretty late, at an age when many people would give up their acting dreams. But once he entered the industry there was no turning back for him. His memorable films include 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Khosla Ka Ghosla.
1. Nana Patekar
His father loved plays and that’s how his interest developed in acting. The only actor to win a Filmfare Award for the best supporting actor, best actor, and best villain. That shows his versatility.