With more than 150 movies and TV series credited to his name, and with a career spanning three decades, Sanjay Mishra is true to his image as an artist, character-actor and a champion humorist. He has never failed to prove that Bollywood needs more actors than heroes.
He has mainly picked up unconventional roles and his perfection in each one of them can be visibly seen. We have loved him for ages in comedy and serious roles alike.
Let’s take a look at some of his best roles over the years:
Masaan, the heart-wrenching story of love and loss had Mishra play Vidyadhar Pathak, a financially and socially troubled father of a girl caught up in a scandal. For everyone that’s seen the film, Pathak Ji remains one of the most poignant representations of conflicted fatherhood, of desperation and helplessness. He was also nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Role.
2- Kadvi Hawa
In this 2017 film based on the issues of farmer suicide and their struggles, Mishra played the role of a blind, old man named Hedu worried about the life of his son, Mukund. The movie revolves around the vicious cycles of loans that a farmer faces and his struggles to survive amidst the difficulties.
3- Phas Gaye Re Obama
The confused, desperate for money, and hilarious gangster, Bhai Sahab was obsessed with the USA to the extent that he kidnapped an NRI in the hopes of making money in a recession-hit economy. For his role, he also bagged the award for Best Actor in Comic Role.
4- Aankhon Dekhi
A thought-provoking tale of a man changing his life based on a principle to believe only what he sees, Aankhon Dekhi won Mishra buckets of critical acclaim. His portrayal of Bauji was as intricate as it was simple, and it was no surprise that it won the hearts of audiences everywhere.
5- Dum Laga Ke Haisha
His role may not have been central to the plot, but let’s face it, he brought a desi charm to the film not many others could have. Shy young Prem’s strict father, Tiwari Ji really was the honest embodiment of every Indian parent with a nalaayak offspring.
6- All The Best
Sanjay Mishra as RGV pulled out quite a lot of punches, many of which became viral with memes and trolls in social media and also perhaps shot him to fame as an established comedy honcho. Just Chill…if you know what I mean.
Featuring alongside other stalwarts of Indian cinema like Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi, Mishra left a huge impact with his tiny role in the movie. He played the role of Election instructor who teaches Newton to be honest and how to honor the quality.
Mishra successfully played the role of a struggling actor in the movie. Playing the character of Sudheer, Mishra shows his journey of being an actor who realizes that he ‘retired’ from his movie career on the verge of accomplishing a unique record.
9- Angrezi Mein Kehte Hai
In this movie, Sanjay played Yashwant, who has his own reservations around how one expresses their love and that one shouldn’t do so very openly, but his wife and daughter have their own opinions and differences with him. Mishra’s performance was widely appreciated by all.
10- Anarkali Of Aarah
Sanjay played Dharmendra Chauhan, who is the head of a university who molests Anarkali while being drunk. Mishra is seen playing a negative role in what could be a rare happenstance, but nevertheless, he nails it in his effort.
11- Golmaal Series
Sanjay Mishra has amused us throughout in this superhit movie franchise, despite the meager number of seconds he is visible on the screen.
These are only a few of his greats, and we truly believe that Mishra’s acting chops are going to continue bringing us spectacular performances for years to come.