During the lockdown, one has realised that the competition is only increasing. Whether its for a new job, new skill set or a business idea, there are too many people thinking brilliance at the same time. To ensure they are not left behind, Bollywood is churning out Bollywood actors, producers, singers, directors from a very young age.
Celebrity kids, are trained from a very young age, to master the art of acting. Why else do you think Alia Bhatt, Ananya Panday and Kareena Kapoor joined in their early 20s and even younger.
Many "outsiders" too are focused and work towards entering the industry early on in their life. However, there are some who take their own sweet time, to figure out what works for them.
Some theatre actors realise, after spending decades on stage, that they can also nail a silver screen role, while some understand that its never too late. There are a handful of actors who entered the industry during their 30s, 40s and proved that acting is a skill that can be achieved at any given age.
Here are 11 late bloomers of Bollywood who are way better than most of the trained and young stars. Take a look
1. Adil Hussain
Parallel cinema, mainstream cinema or international cinema, Adil Hussain is definitely at the top of his game. He proves that age is just a number. He started late but Adil makes you feel he has been around since forever. After a few Bengali films, he made a debut in Vishal Bhardwaj's Kaminey but it was Ishqiya that brought him to everyone's notice.
Since then, the actor has been around making our lives better with his on-screen presence. His roles in English Vinglish, Kabir Singh, Good Newwz, Delhi Crime prove he is an actor we can't do without.
"Adil Hussain is a brilliant actor. When I planned to remake this film (Kabir Singh) in Hindi, I was very sure that I wanted him to play the part," director Vanga had earlier said in a statement.
2. Rajat Kapoor
One of the finest actors we have in Bollywood. The actor started late because he wasn't getting good opportunities in the beginning. When he had trouble finding acting jobs in the 1990s, Kapoor began writing and directing shorts. In 2001, Kapoor got his big mainstream break in Dil Chahta Hai, which starred Aamir Khan, as uncle of Preity Zinta's character.
Then he received international attention in Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding in which he played an abusive uncle. And we all remember his terrific acting in Kapoor & Sons. When he is not acting, he is directing. He's one of the few who is known to be best best in both.
3. Lillete Dubey
We're so glad she was introduced to Bollywood. She is a stage actress and theatre director. She made a debut in the movies after 45. Her notable films are Zubeida, Gadar, Kal Ho Na Ho, Monsoon Wedding. Housefull and Break Ke Baad. She is always shown as the modern mother everyone inspires to have or be!
Lillete also played a role in the British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as its sequel, both of which starred Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, among others. Now doesn't that make her way better than most of our current heroines.
4. Amrish Puri
Pick any film with any popular lead actors and Amrish Puri, whether its DDLJ , Mr India, Nayak, Koyla or Damini, his character is sketched in such a way, that he always stands out. DDLJ might be recalled as the most romantic film but it would have looked incomplete had there been no bauji saying, "Ja Simran Ja, Jee Le Apni Zindagi."
5. Paresh Rawal
He can play a villainous role with utmost ease as he can play comedy. Yes, from ruining our dreams of staying in a hostel, thanks to his role in King Uncle to Teja in Andaz Apna Apna, Paresh has given us a few scares. The actor who started his career post 30 now rules the comic genre. From Hera Pheri installments, Garam masala, Welcome, De Dana Dan, his best on-screen timing is with Akshay Kumar.
His recent notable release was Sanju, where he played the role of Sunil Dutt and almost made it look real. Is there anything he can't do
6. Amjad Khan
He did play minor roles as a child artist but his debut as an adult was with Hindustan Ki Kasam. He feaured in a multi starrer film, Sholay and shook everyone with his performance. His portrayal of Gabbar Singh is considered by many to be the first depiction of pure evil in Indian Cinema.
Despite Sholay featuring Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Jaya, Gabbar still stood out in his role. After the success of Sholay, Khan continued to play negative roles in many subsequent Hindi films in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s - superseding, in terms of popularity and demand, the earlier Indian villain, Ajit.
7, Raghubir Yadav
Making a debut late but totally worth the wait. Raghubir Yadav started out as an actor and singer who travelled in caravans and performed in various cities. He has reportedly acted in over 2000 shows. And his Bollywood movies are even better.
Do you know, three films that he has acted in have received Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (Salaam Bombay!, Lagaan, Water and Newton). Raghubir Yadav is one of the few Indian actor to have received the Silver Peacock Best Actor Award, at the International Film Festival of India.
8. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
He might have had a few blink and miss appearances but he made his mark with Black Friday in 2007. Since then, he is only known for his ground breaking roles, whether its Gangs Of Wasseypur, the Lunchbox, Raman Raghav, Kick, Bajrangi Bhaijaan
9. Nargis Fakhri
Making her debut at the age of 32, Nargis proved age is just a number. She can give any new actress a run of their money with the way she looks and has maintained herself over the years. Despite being from another country, Nargis made Hindi language her own and nailed it right in her first film, Rockstar. She subsequently played a war correspondent in the political thriller Madras Cafe (2013), and eventually starred in the commercially successful comedy Main Tera Hero, Spy, her first Hollywood production) and Housefull 3.
10. Reema Lagoo
Wasn't she the best mother in Bollywood ever? She was a relatable mother. Emotional sometimes, strict sometimes but overall a charmer. She started her acting stint with TV serial Tu, Tu, Main Main, which was a hit and then she jumped full fledged in the world of Bollywood. From Vaastav, Hum Aapke Hai Koun, Hum Saath Saath Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Judwaa and Yes Boss, Reema Lagoo sure knew how to be an audience's favourite.
11. Chitrangada Singh
"Inko dekh ke inki umar ka pata he nahi chalta,"can be best described for Chitrangada Singh. Like a typical actress in today's time, Chitrangada did not make a Bollywood debut at the age of 19, right after school. While many built their career and get married later, Chitrangada did otherwise. She got married in 2001 and made her debut with Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. The role not only got her critical acclaim but also world recognition. She has starred in films like Yeh Saali Zindagi, Desi Boyz, Inkaar, I, Me Aur Main and Baazaar proving anything is possible..