21 Supporting Actors of Bollywood Who Stole the Show in Recent Movies

Best Supporting Roles of the Millennium

In the last two decades, Bollywood has been blessed with brilliant supporting actors whose roles have not only been appreciated but also awarded. They are no more considered stock characters like in the last century or actors who come to fill in the gaps for leads. Supporting actors now have well-defined roles and they sometimes outshine the lead in the process. Let’s have a look at some of the best performances of the century with this list of Bollywood supporting actors who simply stole the show in their respective movies.

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1. Siddhant Chaturvedi as MC Sher (Gully Boy)

Siddhant Chaturvedi made a prominent mark for himself in Bollywood with his nuanced performance as MC Sher in the movie Gully Boy. After this supporting role, he soon received multiple offers as the lead actor for big banner movies. This actor’s here to stay for a really long time.

2. Piyush Mishra as Nasir Ahmed (Gangs of Wasseypur)

Almost every other actor from this movie deserves to be on this list, but we picked the best of the lot. Piyush Mishra loomed as a dominant figure throughout the movie, from the first frame to the last. Even if he played a supporting role, he made his presence felt, and how!

3. Priyanka Chopra as Kashibai (Bajirao Mastani)

The best thing about this Bhansali movie was Priyanka Chopra. There, I said it. Her acting was so effortless and her portrayal of Kashibai was so beautifully refined. After Jhilmil from Barfi, this is the best performance of her career.

4. Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi Ji (Tanu Weds Manu)

Although Dobriyal had been in the industry for a long time, he gained tremendous acclaim after his performance as Pappi Ji in Tanu Weds Manu. “You are a good question, but your question hurt me!” Who can forget that iconic scene? Hilarious!

5. Vijay Raaz as Ganesh (Run)

“Kauwa Biryani”. Two words, one man. Most people don’t remember this Abhishek Bachchan movie but they remember the character of Vijay Raaz. The iconic scene with chicken biryani for 5 bucks that turns out to be crow biryani is a favourite among the masses.

6. Irrfan Khan as Roohdar (Haider)

Who can forget this exemplary performance of Irrfan Khan! The mysterious character of Roohdar is one of the many brilliant performances of the actor. “Main tha, main hoon aur main hi rahoonga.”

7. Rajpal Yadav as Bandya (Chup Chup Ke)

The struggles of Bandya working as a servant in a Gujarati household were simply hilarious. From the wrestling scene with Sheetal to the difficulties with the tough bread, every scene with Rajpal Yadav was rib-tickling. That’s the reason why Bandya memes are still so popular on the internet.

8. Paresh Rawal as Baburao (Hera Pheri)

I can think of no other actor who could have pulled off the role of Baburao better than Paresh Rawal. From his eyes to his walking style, to his conversations on the phone, Baburao is always a treat to watch. Each of his lines, and his scenes are printed in the minds of the fans.

9. Annu Kapoor as Dr. Chaddha (Vicky Donor)

Annu Kapoor’s role as Dr. Chaddha was both brave and at the same time extremely effortless. The character runs an infertility clinic in Delhi and is obsessed with everything related to the human sperm. It is considered one of the best Bollywood supporting roles of recent times.

11. Jim Sarbh as Malik Kafur (Padmaavat)

After his phenomenal performance in the movie Neerja, it wasn’t a surprise that Jim Sarbh would totally shine in any character that you give him to play. Malik Kafur is by far one of the best performances of the actor as he stood out among the equally outstanding performance of Ranveer Singh as Khilji.

12. Sanjay Mishra as Vidyadhar Pathak (Masaan)

A retired teacher of Sanskrit, Vidyadhar Pathak, is harassed by the police owing to his daughter’s encounter with a man in a shady hotel. Sanjay Mishra portrays the sheer helplessness yet firmness of the father who is trying his best to save his daughter from the mess.

13. Arshad Warsi as Circuit (Munnabhai MBBS)

Circuit is not just a character, it’s a whole feeling. Arshad Warsi outdid his past performances with this fantastic role. The comic timing was so on point, and each and every scene with Circuit- was so memorable. From the dead body scene to the “bhai ne bola karne ka toh karne ka”, Munna Bhai is incomplete without his sidekick Circuit.

14. Supriya Pathak as Dhankor (RamLeela)

It was a treat to watch Supriya Pathak portrays a powerful negative role after years of performing a comic role in the form of Hansa in the series Khichdi. The transition was simply breathtaking.

15. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Chand Nawab (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

The character of Chand Nawab with his iconic platform scene is etched in the minds of the viewers. No one could have done this better than Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

16. Saurav Shukla as Judge Sunder Lal Tripathi ( Jolly LLB and Jolly  LLB 2)

Shukla superbly enacts to show us all facets of a lower court judge. On one hand, he is being just as imperfect as any of us while on the other hand getting deep into the skin of a judge who is not shy of making correct judgments! He’s done his balancing act perfectly to the T!

17. Rajkumar Rao as Pritam Virodhi ( Bareilly Ki Barfi )

Rajkumar Rao as Pritam Vidrohi established himself as one of the most versatile actors of our times. Playing the shy and timid Pritam, and super confident Vidrohi in the same scene is an act par excellence.

18. Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi ( Omkara)

Langda Tyagi is one of the masterpieces of Saif Khan’s career. Even though he plays a negative role, he does it with such perfection that Langda Tyagi lives afresh in our minds even after 17 years of Omkara.

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19. Ashutosh Rana as Lajja Shankar Pandey (Sangharsh)

Ashutosh Rana’s Lajja Shankar Pandey is a villain we dread to remember and yet we cannot let it go when we talk about the best supporting actors of all time. The brilliance of Ashutosh’s act is that you will not just see Lajja, you will feel him and his iconic shriek will haunt you till eternity.

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20. Varun Sharma as Choocha (Fukrey)

Ever since Fukrey came into our lives Varun Sharma has become our forever favorite. He has stolen our hearts, minds, and souls as the naive comedian..who will do anything for his friends.

21. Jaideep Ahlawat as Bhoora Singh Solanki (An Action Hero)

Jaideep plays the role of an irked Bhoora with ease that takes many a lifetime to master. He morphs into the negative shades and switches back and forth from them flawlessly. It is not wrong to say that he was born to act!

So, these were some of the best performances in supporting roles by some of the most brilliant actors of Bollywood. Did we miss out on your favourite? Do let us know in the comments section!

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