Popular Deaf Roles in Bollywood!

BollyCurry presents a list of actors who left a lasting impression in these sensitive roles.

Thursday, September 26, 2013   |  Copyright: BollyCurry  |  Comments 11 Comments  |  3543 Views



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 landmark in 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 and was highly appreciated by critics. Nana Patekar and Seema Biswas played a deaf mute couple 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 Actress.

Rani Mukherjee delivered a fine performance in Black where her 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 Sanjay Leela Bhansali and underwent sign language training at Hellen Keller Institute in 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.

Shreyas Talpade 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.

Ranbir Kapoor 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.

Author: Vibha
Editors: Shreya S. & Jenifer Y.
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  • Posted on: 27 September 2013 at 1:16amCathy25

    Don't see koshish coming on tv these days. it was a wonderful film, but its been long since i've watched it. would love to see sanjeev kumar and jaya bachan's acting again. it had made me cry as a child.

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  • Posted on: 27 September 2013 at 12:25amsamicute

    barfii amazing cast n amazing film...

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  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 10:48pm-purnima-

    Out of all mentioned have seen only koshish...& loved watching it Smile hope others mentioned wud be gud too Smile Smile

    One film which i wud have liked to see in the list was Neerav Ghosh "Soundtrack" in 2011 it was abt a deaf musician, adaptation of canadian movie It's All Gone Pete ...

    Featured Rajeev khandelwal, Soha ali khan & Mrinalni sharma in leads Smile

  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 10:40pmaakanshya

    love u Ranbir
    happy birthday in advance

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  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 7:11pmpallavi25

    All of them wonderful, memorable movies, sensitive and emotional!

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  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 3:35pmninag

    Koshish is amazing. I cried so much watching it. One of Sanjeev Kumars finest moments.

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  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 2:36pmkaushikbasu

    I've seen all the movies loved Koshish. A steller performance from master craftsman.

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  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 12:20pmxbeyondwordsx

    I've seen all the movie except the first one. It looks really good, so might watch it :) Lovely article!!

  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 11:24amBella-Edward

    i have not seen the first one din kno anything bot it but now wish to see it

  • Posted on: 26 September 2013 at 10:50amkads_8302

    I have seen all the mentioned movies... and liked all of them...

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