Actors that started off as lead actors and are now stealing hearts in supporting roles

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So many Bollywood actors have established their name as lead actors and have secured their place in the industry. There are a few a actors though who began their journey as main leads in films, but ended up majorly in supporting roles. Let’s talk about a few of these.

1. Arshad Warsi

Arshad Warsi made his debut as the lead actor in ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ in 1996 which didn’t perform well on the box office. With his on-point comic timing and wit in popular movies like ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ and ‘Golmaal’, the actor became quite well known as a supporting actor.

2. Sohail Khan

Salman Khan’s younger brother, Sohail Khan, debuted with ‘Maine Dil Tujhko Diya’ in 2002 which could not manage to work on box office. But turns out the actor was quite versatile with many supporting roles and became one of the most sought-after actors for supporting roles.

3. Riteish Deshmukh

Riteish Deshmukh’s career in Bollywood started with ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’ in 2003 but the actor gained popularity with his movie ‘Masti’. Since then, he has starred in many movies including ‘Housefull’, ‘Kya Kool Hain Hum’, ‘Bluffmaster’, etc. as a supporting character and he has truly nailed it.

4. Arjun Rampal

Arjun Rampal romanced Aishwarya Rai in his debut movie ‘Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat’ in 2001, in which he played the lead role. But his role as a cold-blooded villain in ‘Om Shanti Om’ and stellar performance in ‘Rock On’ proved that the actor is well-suited for supporting roles.

5. Bobby Deol

Bobby Deol made his debut with the movie ‘Barsaat’ in 1995 opposite Twinkle Khanna who also made her debut with the same movie. He achieved success with the movies like ‘Soldier’ and ‘Gupt’. He is now seen in supporting characters like those in ‘Dostana’, ‘Housefull 4’ and ‘Race 3’.

6. Jimmy Sheirgill

Jimmy Sheirgill got his big break in Gulzar’s ‘Maachis’ in 1996. The actor managed to come under the notice of famous directors and went on to work in movies like ‘Mohabbatein’, ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu’. He’s now mostly seen playing supporting roles and has carved a niche for his own in the industry.

Published by Vidhutma Singhania on 22 Jul 2020

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