There’s no doubt that a bunch of new actors enter the industry every single year but only a few make a mark and rule the silver screen. However, there are a number of brilliant actors who just don’t get the right roles.

We found a Reddit thread in which people mentioned the actors who were completely wasted by Bollywood. Let’s take a look.

1. Kay Kay Menon 

This guy has got natural charm and screen presence. Brilliant actor but still gets typecast in villainous roles. Could have been something like Christoph Waltz with the great range he possesses. –laudalahsan


2. Adarsh Gourav 

I know he has done like 2-3 movies so far and I think a web series called Hostel Days or something but still. –ritz-95

Bollywood Hungama

3. Rajkummar Rao 

Even though it’s his fault for doing garbage movies recently, but IMO he’s one of the only actors from the new-gen who is actually challenging their selves/experimenting and it really shows that he enjoys doing that. –ritz-95

Indian Express

4. Sushant Singh Rajput 

He could’ve definitely done far more than he did. At the risk of sounding sexist, he was only 34 and had so many years left for his talent to be fully utilized. The fact that Bollywood actors have a very long shelf life would’ve benefited him very much. –RepresentativeBox881


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5. R. Madhavan 

He is very fortunate to have another industry, where I think he has done some really good work. Still think he hasn’t hit his peak in Tamil, but hopefully, he is getting there. –leolionbag


6. Sharman Joshi 

He had some payment dispute with Golmaal franchise producers which led to him getting replaced after 1st movie. From then on he says he has been boycotted or ignored by the industry. His last notable performance was 10-11 years back in 3 Idiots. After that, he has done some Hate Story kind of b-grade stuff. –HardTune272


7. Dia Mirza & Genelia D’Souza 

Unpopular opinion, but I feel they both weren’t used enough by Bollywood. –iamcomrade

8. Om Puri 

I mean he had Ardhasatya and a few others. But in a majority of his movies, he was a sidekick or comedian or non-important role. He was as good as Naseer or Irrfan or Paresh Rawal. –Ambitious449


9. Pavan Malhotra 

Had this been Hollywood, he would have been a top game. But alas! –sapan_auth


10. Chandrachur Singh

I think he had the potential. –AtlasNebulaStar

Urban Asian

11. Urmila Matondkar

She seriously had it all. –Odd_Meet_8632

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12. Ratna Pathak Shah 

Ridiculously underrated and underutilized. Haven’t seen an Indian actress as versatile and as unique as her. –Reddy4698


13. Irrfan Khan 

In an alternate universe, he must be the fourth khan of Bollywood. Or bigger than any other Khan in Bollywood. –Reddy4698

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14. Harman Baweja 

He could have really set Bollywood on fire. –rks111


15. Ameesha Patel 

She didn’t get the success she deserved. She had Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Gadar Ek Prem Katha and another big hit down south. But she was overlooked for other star kids. She was a beautiful girl, reasonably talented but still ended up getting rubbish movies in comparison to a Kareena Kapoor who got many chances. –Shamila1

The Tribune

Is there anyone you would like to add to the list? Tell us in the comments.