Most Underrated Actors in Bollywood

Actors who deserve more recognition.

A new actor is emerging in Bollywood every single week. It takes efforts and time to establish into Bollywood. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Irrfan Khan and Kangana Ranaut were once underrated stars, but due to their dedication towards unconventional cinema, they have carved a niche for themselves in Bollywood. But there are many Bollywood actors who are still struggling for that kind of recognition. In an industry where many undeserving actors get main roles in commercial movies, we’d like to see these underrated actors in leading roles.  Here is a list of the most underrated actors in Bollywood that are much better than some mainstream actors.


Pawan Malhotra has been a part of various Bollywood movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Bang Bang and Rustom. He has also performed some immensely strong roles in various Punjabi movies like Punjab 1984 and Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe. But we still struggle to remember his name. It’s high time that Bollywood should make movies with older characters, and starts casting exceptional talents like Pawan Malhotra in the main role, and not as the supporting character.



Divya Dutta has been in the industry for a long time now. She has worked in numerous Bollywood and regional movies till now. And yet, Bollywood has not come up with a single mainstream movie where they can cast Divya Dutta in the main role. Mainstream actresses act in lots of movies, whereas actresses like Divya Dutta are seen occasionally and that too in supporting roles, like in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Veer-Zaara. Talent should be valued over youth and looks. Bollywood directors must cast Divya Dutta in more movies, and use her talent fully.



Kay Kay Menon has worked in critically acclaimed movies like Black Friday and Haider. He has been praised by critics and audience for every movie, but Kay Kay Menon is still not seen in movies on a regular basis. Audience would love to see him playing more prominent roles in the movies. Bollywood is churning out lots of Masala movies since a last few years. The quality of actors and movies is declining on a constant basis. We are in need of raw talents like Kay Kay Menon in order to raise the standard of Bollywood once again.



Konkana Sen Sharma has acted in various movies like Omkara, Wake up Sid and Talvar. Even though she doesn’t act in many movies, this dusky beauty has nailed every role and proved herself as an actor. It would be amazing to see her in more movies where she can showcase her range as an actor, and keep playing such wonderful roles.



Zubeidaa, Rajneeti, Special 26, Gangs of Wasseypur and many more movies have showcased Manoj Bajpayee’s acting skills. He has been in cinema for a long time now. He has carved a niche for himself. Manoj Bajpayee is critically acclaimed for the roles he plays, and the movies he chooses turn out to be heavy on content. He has certainly given some memorable movies to Bollywood lovers, and we hope to keep seeing him in new movies every single year.


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