This year is probably the one Indian movie lovers were waiting for. Small-budget and content-driven films are winning against highly publicised films with superstars. What used to be a one-sided battle between stars and well-made small films is slowly tilting in favour of the latter.The first eight months of 2017 has seen surprise hits like Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Hindi Medium. The same period has seen unexpected flops like Salman Khan’s Tubelight, Shah Rukh’s Jab Harry Met Sejal and Ranbir Kapoor’s Jagga Jasoos. A parallel group of actors is emerging who are talented and charge much less than the superstars, but are highly effective. These actors have got their hands on the pulse of the nation and deliver every time, well almost. From Pankaj Tripathi to Deepak Dobriyal, from Seema Pahwa to Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, from Rajesh Sharma to Sanjai Mishra, these are the actors you know as well as your family members and who quietly add depth and familiarity to the films. But how do they explain this shift in the audience’s mood and mindset? Pankaj Tripathi, the unsung hero of Nil Battey Sannata, Anaarkali Of Aarah and Bareilly Ki Barfi, says, “A thought came to… Read full this story
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