A sidekick’s role is often disregarded. Not because they are immaterial and insubstantial or don’t matter much to audience. It’s because their character always places them in the backseat. But, apart from correlating them with the character, if we examine their talent in letting the hero be the hero, we discover, these artists are truly unique and hold a place of their own in any movie. Their support and presence in the narrative is as important as any other characters in a plot. They are a trusted aide to the main lead, faithful friends and supporters, who don’t mind sacrificing their lives if required. And those sidekicks are known as….
10. Anu Kapoor:
In the dynamic avatar of Dr. Chadha in ‘Vicky Donor’, Anu Kapoor stole the show single-handedly despite playing a sidekick to Aayushman Khurana. His memorable performance as an infertility specialist was applauded by movie lovers and film critiques alike. Although, his role of a side kick to Anupam Kher in the movie ‘Hum’ also gained exponential fame, this one stands in a league of its own.
9. Farida Jalal:
If Rajesh Khanna is credited with giving the genre of romance a new bearing in the Hindi movie industry; and Nirupa Roy with the role of an Indian mother, Farida Jalal has always stood out as a favorite sister, mother, grandmother, best friend in a number of movies. She is most remembered for her role as Rajesh Khanna’s betrothed in the movie “Aradhana.” She won four awards for her performances for movies like Henna, Paras, Mammo and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
8. Sharman Joshi:
Joshi is known far and wide to play an assortment of roles in Hindi, English, Guajarati and Marathi movies. A supporting actor of repute, it’s no exaggeration if we refer to him as the most eligible sidekick to a hero in the industry today. His dynamic performances in ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Rang De Basanti’ won him huge accolades from the audience as well as the critiques.
If Big B owns anything to someone in Bollywood, it’s to this great actor who carried movies on his broad shoulders during the time of his success. His epic performance of ‘Sher Khan’ in ‘Zanjeer’ even dwarfs revolutionary performance of the actor of the millennium, Amitabh Bachchan. Although, he has been part of numerous flicks as a side kick, ‘Zanjeer’ defines the highest potential he ever displayed.
6. Johnny Walker:
No one knows who is Baddrudin Kazi but ‘Johnny Walker’ is a household name. The legendary actor known for his unforgettable role of Abdul Sattar (must remember ‘Sir jo tera chakraye’ song) in Guru Dutt’s ‘Pyasa’ redefined the role of sidekicks in Hindi movies. His character not just created its own space in the movie, but placed it almost next to that of the main lead.
5. Rajpal Yadav:
If anyone rightly succeeds Johny Lever as a comic in the recent times, it has to be Rajpal Yadav. The actor started his acting career with a serial on Doordarshan – ‘Mungeri ke bhai Naurangilal.’ Since then, every character played by this veteran theatre artist has been memorable. Some of the movies where he even outscored the leading actor with his witty ways were ‘Chup Chup ke’, ‘Phir Hera Pheri’ and ‘Dhol’.
4. Divya Dutta:
Predominantly known for her works in Hindi and Punjabi cinema, this gutsy female actor is known to dish out very powerful supporting roles every now and then. She has bagged awards for the Best Actor in Supporting Role – Female for ‘Veer Zara’. She was also bestowed with the same honor from IIFA for her role in Delhi 6.
3. Mac Mohan:
His character in the cult movie ‘Sholay’ puts forward the rightmost definition of a sidekick. The evergreen character of Sambha portrayed by him redefined the role and importance of a supporter to super villains in Bollywood movies. No one can imagine the character of Gabbar without Sambha, at least not ‘Thakur’ and ‘Jay’ or ‘Veeru’ (pun intended).
2. Arshad Warsi:
The ‘Circuit’ of Munnabhai Series, Arshad Warsi began his innings in Bollywood in capacity of a choreographer. But, fate had something else for him. The talented actor soon settled as a hero’s sidekick, only later to come up with solo performances. He won approbation as an actor for his memorable roles (other than Munnabhai series) in ‘Golmal’ and ‘Sunday.’
1. Johnny Lever:
The all time favorite and evergreen comedian Johnny Lever, a veteran of over 300 movies in various languages, is the most popular sidekick who succeeded the legendary Johny Walker. For his typical humoristic ways, dancing moves and dialogue delivery, he complimented the leading actor like no one else ever did.