Friday, January 23, 2015

Who says ‘Chocolate’ looks matter in Bollywood?

Bollywood is generally identified with heroes having Chocolate looks and debonair personalities likes Dharmendra or Salman Khan. But there is an exception because Bollywood has also patron actors who lacked the so called ‘Chikna’ looks and yet made their marks in films. One such legendary actor is Naseeruddin Shah.

In fact at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival Naseeruddin Shah, thanked god for his not so charming looks. Readers may wonder why?


Well speaking on the occasion Naseer revealed, “When I ventured into Bollywood it was ruled by Chocolate heroes like Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Shashi Kapoor etc and I knew it would be a tough task for an actor like me with ordinary looks to make my presence felt. But call it fortune at the same time a filmmaker called Shyam Benegal was looking for actors with ordinary looks. He spotted me and happened to cast me in his film NISHANT, which till date remains my most cherished role and closest movie to my heart.” 

Naseer added, “No doubt my looks played an important role in me getting NISHANT but the movie opened a floodgates for me to do many path breaking movies like MANTHAN and JUNOON.” 

Like Naseer the other actor who approve his looks paving a great path in Bollywood is contemporary actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the actor who is basking limelight thanks to his numerous hits films like GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, TALAASH and of course Salman Khan’s hit film KICK. 

In an interview Nawazuddin Siddiqui candidly confessed, “When I landed in Mumbai I had no starry dreams of becoming a star because I knew I had an ordinary face and I was confident that it was my looks that would open doors for quality roles. As expected it happened though after a decade!”

Comedian M S Narayana’s memory will continue to entertain!

German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said, “perhaps I know why it is man alone who laughs: He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter!!!’ 

True words but is laughter so easy to drive? No that’s the reason cinema has developed actor specialist in the art of creating humor and one such veteran comedian was M.S. Narayana, the dynamic Telugu cinema humorist who bid adieu on Friday, leaving millions of fans in agony and tears.

Raaga.Com pays humble homage to the legendary comedian and pray his soul rest in peace in heaven.


Known for his amazing command in timing and comic expressions, M.S. Narayana blazed the screen with his mere presence. He was a master in his art and with his rib tickling witty dialogues he sent the seated audience in cinema halls into peals of laughter. 

In a career of two decades he did over 750 films. His most popular films include DOOKUDU, BAADSHAH, READY and ATTARINTIKI DAAREDI etc. His latest film PATAAS hit the screens on Friday and his upcoming films include REY and SHANKARA.

M.S. Narayana was born in Nidamarru village near Bhimavaram in West Godavari District on April 16, 1951. He had a passion for art and he had groomed his talent in theatre. Though M.S. Narayana played a buffoon on the screen, readers would be surprised to know that he was a learned man. Before joining cinema he was a lecturer in collage! In fact he began his career in films as a successful writer and later became a comedian. He has written dialogues for several films, including Suman starrer ALEXANDER.

M.S. Narayana was famous for his Inimitable and amusing mannerism, more particularly his drunken act like the Bollywood yesteryear comedians Johnny Walker and Kesto Mukerjee, the duo who were recognized, solely for their drunken role. Besides this M.S. Narayana’s other specialty was mimicking superstars like Rajinikanth, Balakrishna, Ramcharan Tej and other. 

He had won several awards, including the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Male Comedian five times and the Filmfare Award for DOOKUDU

Mourning M.S. Narayana’s tragic death Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu rightly said, “M S Narayana made us laugh hard and touched every element of human spirit. His relentless energy was thrilling. His memories and his work will continue to entertain and stay with us.”