Thursday, March 10, 2005

Most Stylish Indian Male Performers

GQ is asking us to pick the most stylish actors of the current era. I am trying my hands with Indian actors, in no particular order.

1. Vivek Oberoi: He arrived with 'Company' in style. Not a bit of Agni Varsha's Milind Soman-ish model looks. And the display of the humane villain.

2. Akshaye Khanna: This guy made some poor choices with film selection early in his career. But, showed his mettle in 'Taal' and continued his flamboyish screen presence among mighty heavyweights in 'Dil Chahtha Hai'.

3. Saif Ali Khan: He was one of my pet irritations during 'Yeh Dillagi' days. He wowed me first with 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari'. The penchant for silly stuff and mixing it judiciously with drama will get him a top place among all time greats.

4. Aamir Khan: I do not thing any list will be complete without the Mel Gibson of India and I am not talking about 'Passion of the Christ'. But, more in a 'Braveheart' way.

5. Sathyaraj: It takes a lot of audacity to poke fun at self. He does it with poise and seamlessly switches to serious roles; only to come back and do normal run-of-the-mill hero daredevilry.

6. 'Jeyam' Ravi: The boy next door looks matured into believable heroism with M Kumaran S/O ML. Still has a long way to go, but hopefully will not falter into the likes of Dhanush, Silambarasan.

7. Vijay Athiraj: He symbolised 'Neengal Ketta Paadal' and was the face of its huge success. Slowly transformed himslef into an anti-hero in the biggest hit tele-serial ‘Chithi’. He still remains fresh in television and yet to make his mark in the 70mm.

8. Mammotty: Many of my college mates opined 'Azhagan' is aptly titled to our ire. He could portray 'Ambedkar' and switch gears to be Captain Bala and also do comdey with yesteryear favorite Arvidsaamy in 'Puthaiyal'.

9. Mohan Lal: I am usually moved by dramatic portrayals and was naturally awed in 'Siraichaalai'. After capturing many of his Malayalam stuff with the help of sub-titles and the life like display of MGR in Iruvar, I would presume he will be there in the list of atleast three language's top hero lists.

10. Vivek: The arrival of him in the screen generates laugh. Caters to the NRI's 'A' center and on the same breadth generates smiles from the village oldies. Even while he takes a jab at youngsters, they take him in the right sense and applaud him. An all time hall-of-famer after Nagesh & Thangavelu.

Notable Misses:
a. Arjun: Being the favorite of Shankar helps a lot. The likes of Vijai are waiting in line to get a call from him. It was unfortunate he did not impress me apart from those fares.
b. Venkatesh: Being a producer's son helps a lot. He satisfied the average Telugu moviegoer.
c. Bharath: With already acting in varying characters, he has tremendous potential to attain a Kamal-ish status.
d. Ajay Devgan: The dumb fellow from 'Phool Aur Kaante' has graduated to 'Raincoat' with aplomb.
e. Sanjay Dutt: Inspite of getting molded into the pattern of 'Khalnayak' he has varied himself time to time like 'Musaffir'.
f. Nagarjuna: Looked like a clone of dumb Devgan and survived with a lot of sking showing from Amala to Tabu.

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