A landslide victory for Amole Gupte in Kaminey, the man taking nearly half your vote in a category I’d considered hardfought.
Gupte’s take on Bhope Bhau is assuredly theatrical and its madcap exaggerated style made Bhardwaj’s dark film much lighter. That twinkle in his eyes is endearing before it turns into a threatenic, manic gleam, so quickly does this man take the part from an easily amused baddie to a nefarious Santa Claus, armed and ready to kill all the children.
However, it must be said that the actor had a meatier, longer role than most of the other nominees. Anyway, here’s the final tally:
A special mention for Abhimanyu Singh of Gulaal, who was singled out for applause by many of you voting here. I agree Singh’s work was indeed excellent, and regret that one chose only to have five slots.