Promising Bollywood New Age Actors Who are Breaking the Stereotypes

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Each year we see new actors setting their foot in Bollywood. Some succeed in giving hit movies in the box office whereas a few fail to make their mark. Bollywood has introduced several new promising actors who have emerged as a ‘new age actors.’

I love Bollywood movies but has lost its spark. Gone are those days, when the audience used to love watching mediocre comedy and romantic movies.

Now, the audience wants fresh content and promising performances from the actors. The movie industry is giving opportunities to new filmmakers who have a vision that connects us through the visual mode of entertainment.

Even movies of big production houses and directors are unable to understand what their audience’s interest is in.

The very recent example of Karan Johar’s much-anticipated movie of 2019 ‘Kalank’ couldn’t impress the audience. Despite having so many good actors, the movie failed drastically because of the weak story and execution.

With the emergence of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Jio, Voot and many other video streaming apps the competition has increased, and it’s getting tougher day by day to understand the market.

I wonder why Bollywood movies can’t create something that will make us think “yes, the movie was worth my time and money, both.”

I am not promoting any video streaming app here. I just wanted to share my views about how desperate I want the Bollywood to make some changes in their script.

Still, Bollywood is fortunate enough to have some very talented and gifted actors whose work are highly appreciated and are breaking the stereotypes of Bollywood.

You might have seen movies of these popular:

Bollywood new age actors:

Vicky Kaushal

His journey of recognition in Bollywood has started with the movie ‘Maasan’ where his performance was applauded. After that, the recent major blockbuster success of ‘URI’ everyone has become a fan of his acting skill.

I also liked his acting in ‘Raman Raghav’ where he played a much grey character of a police officer. Although the movie couldn’t impress the audience if you notice he is a versatile actor. His role in each movie is different and unique in itself.

GIF image of Vicky Kaushal in Raazi

I hope to see more of his upcoming movies.

Raj Kumar Rao

A widely popular Bollywood actor who has proved himself through his various performances over the many years that he can act anything and at any situation.

GIF image of Rajkumar Rao

Do you remember ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhoka’ of Dibakar Banerjee’s 2010 movie? Rajkumar Rao played a small character there.

Who knew he will become one of the best actors today?

He started his career doing side roles. The audience noticed his skill and loved to see him as the protagonist. Even though still he continues doing the sides, but he outshines everyone else in a movie.

His performances in movies like ‘Bareilly ki Barfi,’ ‘Kai Po Che,’ ‘Stree,’ were a box office hit.

But he loves doing ‘out of box’ movies too. ‘Trapped,’ ‘Newton,’ ‘Shahid,’ were low-budget non-commercial movies which were highly acknowledged by the film critics and audience.

I am waiting for his upcoming movie with Kangana Ranaut “Mental.”

Vikrant Massey

Vikrant Massey started his journey with the Soap TV series ‘Balika Badhu,’ ‘Dharam Veer,’ ‘Baba Aiso Varr Dhoondo’ and a few more.

Slowly, he shifted his gear towards short films and movies. It seems he loves experimenting with his characters. His role in the web series ‘Rise’ is a fascinating character who is trying to identify his inner soul through traveling.

He is also seen in Amazon Prime’s ‘Mirzapur,’ and Hotstar’s ‘Criminal Justice.’ In both the web series, he was outstanding.

Above all, I liked his timid portrayal of character ‘Shutu’ in Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial “A Death in the Gunj.”

He has played the character with such subtlety and perfection that I fell in love with his work.

Many haven’t seen “A Death in the Gunj,” it is one of the best movies to receive awards and to watch.

GIF image of Bollywood actor Vikrant Massey,

His upcoming movie is ‘Chhapaak’ with Deepika Padukone in the lead.

Sohum Shah

Have you seen “Ship of Theseus,” or “Tumbbad?

Sohum Shah in Tumbbad

Do you know Sohum Shah won the National Award for Best Feature Film ‘Ship of Theseus?’

He was critically applauded for his performances in both the movies. When I first watched ‘Tumbbad’ in the theatre, I was so sure that this movie will be a blockbuster. It wasn’t the mainstream film. The story of the timeline, character portrayal and thrilling elements in the movie were outstanding.

Sohum Shah is definitely the new age Bollywood actor who has broken the stereotypes.

Radhika Apte

2018 was perhaps the best year for Radhika Apte. She had given several hits in the box office with her movies and TV shows. She is a theatre actor and has accomplished so much in a short period.

I very much liked her in a Bengali movie named ‘Antaheen’ and then with Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller ‘Ahilya,’ ‘Parched,’ ‘Lust Stories,’ ‘Ghoul’ she became my favorite.

Bollywood actor Radhika Apte in Netflix's Ghoul

She is definitely the most suitable Bollywood actor to get chosen for any unconventional movies.

Mithila Palkar

You must have seen Mithila Palkar in Marathi movies like ‘Muramba’ and in Netflix’s ‘Little Things.

She acts so naturally, and you could connect with her character so easily.

She could be the new age promising Bollywood actor, but she has only started her film career in the Marathi films. If given a breakthrough I think she could impress the audience with her performances.

Mithila Palkar in  Muramba

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin makes us feel like an ordinary woman, not a celebrity. She doesn’t need ] numbers of box office hits.

Kalki Koechlin in GIF image

Her uniqueness resembles in her films too. Her taste and choice of movies are different and so unique.

When there are actors in Bollywood, who wants to succeed in the commercial film. She, on the other hand, wants to connect with ‘Us’ the audience through her movie.

Her achievements are many, she writes scripts for theatre plays, has co-written an award-winning play ‘Skeleton Woman.’ With movies like ‘Margarita With a Stra,’ ‘Waiting,’ ‘Ribbon,’ ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’ she has proved her acting expertise.

She is bold, speaks her mind and stands against whatever wrong going in the society.

Have you ever listened to her podcast My Indian Life” on BBC World?

I have, and I feel she is so different from the rest in the Bollywood industry.


Whom do you think are going to be the best in the coming years?

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