Usually it is a disabled person who witnesses a crime in
movies, giving the culprits a huge chance to go scott-free. Or they might
provide comic relief. No matter what situation, it is the disabled characters have always had a small role in
movies. 23rd to 27th September celebrates the
International Week of Deaf and BollyCurry presents a list of actors who left
a lasting impression in these sensitive roles.
The first mainstream movie which had a deaf character was Koshish
where Jaya Badhuri and Sanjeev
Kumar played a deaf and mute couple. Directed by Gulzar, the movie is a
Hindi cinema portraying the couple's life, struggle, and tragedy. In
short, it was a lesson on how to live life. The couple fall in love, get
married, have a child who grows up
and marries a girl similar to his parents.
Sanjay Leela Bansali debuted as a director in Khamoshi: The Musical
appreciated by critics. Nana Patekar
and Seema Biswas
played a deaf mute
whose children could speak. Nana Patekar
played the role of Manisha
Koirala's father perfectly, be it the asking his daughter to abort, or
the initial dislike of
the man in his daughter's life, or the mute speech at the end. Seema
Biswas also matched him gracefully and also won the Star Screen Award
for Best Supporting
Rani Mukherjee delivered a fine performance in Black
character was deaf, mute and blind. Rani was hesitant earlier to
portray the role as she was not
sure if she could do justice to it. However, she was later convinced by
Bhansali and underwent sign language training at Hellen Keller Institute
Mumbai to prepare for the role. Subsequently, the first half of the
movie was adapted from Keller's autobiography. The excellent performance
resulted in Rani being
the first and only actress to win the Filmfare for both the Best Actress
Popular and Best Actress Critic.
career's best role was his first movie as a lead, Iqbal.
The film was directed by Nagesh
Kuknoor. Shreyas played the role of a deaf and mute cricket-obsessed guy from a
remote village who wanted to secure a place in the Indian national cricket
squad. He delivered a powerful
performance excelling in scenes where he expresses his unhappiness at not being
allowed to play and the happiness of when his dreams become
reality. The movie won two National Awards and Shreyas also bagged the IIFA and
Zee Cine Critics awards for Best Actor.
played the carefree, happy-go-lucky Barfi in Barfi!
who could not hear nor
speak but loved to dissolve people's problems away. Surprisingly, Ranbir did not do
much preparation for this stellar performance. He simply met people with such
challenges and took his methods from there. He also had prior exposure to such people when
he was assisting Sanjay Leela Bansali on the sets of Black
Movies have a huge
impact on the society and a round of applause from this BollyCurry writer and
the others for the actors who played such complex roles which helped in
breaking the stereotypical views on disabilities.
Editors: Shreya S. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.