Today, when most of our on-screen heroes are busy beefing up the six pack abs, there are some actors, who have always dazzled, not with their bronzed bodies, but the respectable body of work.

Alas, they are yet to receive their due, and we all hope they get it, soon.
Here are some of the most underrated and unsung heroes of Hindi movies:

abhay deol


One of the most versatile and dependable actors that we have today, Deol has always struck a chord with his compelling and moving performances. Be it the emotionally gripping MANORMA or the supremely entertaining Oye Lucky and Happy Bhaag Jaayegi. The actor surely knows how to engross and engage. Wish he is seen more on the celluloid.

Jimmy Sheirgill


Another powerhouse of talent and tenacity. Right from his debut film, Maachis (1996), he promised to be the dark horse of the industry. Already a sensation in the Punjabi Cinema, he is a delight to watch in Hindi movies too. Almost stealing the show in the recently released, Happy Bhaag Jaayegi, he is one actor that never leaves you disappointed.

manoj bajypayee


He has been the favorite of the rugged and the rowdies. His iconic portrayal of Bhiku Mahatre in the cult classic Satya (1998), earned him sky-high popularity and endless appreciation. Everyone thought they had got their next rising superstar. Alas, the industry did not know how to explore and exploit his abundant potential. Films failed, and he hardly received the roles he should’ve.  Budhia Singh, which received rave reviews all over, didn’t exactly attract many eyeballs. However, that does not mean he underplayed his incredible acting skills. It is high time the industry realized what he is capable of!

irfan khan


He gave us chills in Haasil with his villainous avatar. He plays it subtly in all roles he as if they were written out for him. Well-deserving and under-utilized actor can give many memorable performances. Hope the industry realizes before its’s too late.

kalki koechlin


Breaking all the stereotypes and refusing to succumb to the glitz and glamor of the industry, Kalki is possibly the bravest and the most powerful female actor we have. Only a few filmmakers have extracted her hidden talent and potential. Directors like Zoya Akhtar, Anu Menon, Dibakar Banerjee and Ayan Mukherjee know how it feels to work with fearless actors like her. After a flawless act in Margarita with a Straw and Waiting, we too are waiting to see her on the big screen again.