From Om Puri to Naseeruddin Shah. Few Brilliant but Offbeat Actors Who Made Their Mark in Bollywood in the 80s (Part II)

Continuing from the first part of the story, here are the names of a few more brilliant actors who made their mark in Bollywood during the 80s.

Farooq Sheikh

Farooq Sheikh’s first movie was the 1973 movie GaramHawa, directed by MS Sathyu where he played a supporting role to the leading man BalrajSahni. 

Farooq Sheikh was one of the important figures of the new wave of parallel cinema in India. He is one of the very few actors from Bollywood who got a chance to work with the legendary director Satyajit Ray in ShatranjKeKhiladi. He went on to act in many movies and the most famous ones are ChasmeBaddoor and UmraoJaan. He hosted many radio and TV programs also, especially the celebrity chat show Jeena Isi KaNaam Hain.

Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Kulbhushan Kharbanda worked in many Hindi and Punjabi movies and was one of the best actors who appeared on screen in the 80s.

Kulbhushan Kharbanda is mostly known for playing the main villain Shakal in Ramesh Sippy’s big-budget venture Shaan starring actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Sunil Dutt, and Shatrughan Sinha. He played the main role in Mahesh Bhatt’s semi-autobiographical movie Arth for which he received lots of accolades. He made a balance between commercial and parallel cinema and worked in movies like Shakti, EkChadarMailiSilsila, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Kalyug, etc.


AnupamKher is a well-known Bollywood actor who worked in more than 200 movies till now and is still quite active in movies.

AnupamKher was only twenty-eight years old when he played the role of an elderly man in his debut movie Saaransh. Directed by Mahesh Bhatt,it was AnupamKher’s first movie for which he bagged the National Award for the Best Actor and also a Filmfare Award. He became quite famous after he played the role of main villain Dr. Dang in SubhashGhai’s Karma where Dilip Kumar was the main lead. He went on to do many movies in the 80s, the most noteworthy were Daddy, Tezaab, Ram Lakhan, Nigahen, Chalbaaz, and a cameo in Parinda.

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