Yes, we know there are hundreds of great actors who can do comedy just as well as any other genre. Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, etc. are just a few of the names that come to mind.
But even Paresh Rawal cannot beat the nuances of Rajpal Yadav, whose entire body seems to be made for comedy. Not that comedy is the only thing he can do. Remember his underrated but stellar performance in Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh?
Apart from amazing comic timing, Yadav has a great sense of slapstick, which makes his performances that much remarkable.
Here are his 5 memorable performances that tell you that his comic genius is unbeatable:
This film has become a cult classic, despite being devoid of any A-league actor, due to the marvelous performances of each and every one of its actors. But not many actors can stand at equal footing with the great Paresh Rawal, at least not as brilliantly as Rajpal Yadav. Especially in the role of Raja, or the much hilarious Tulsidas Khan here.
Contrary to popular opinion, Stree was not the first horror comedy; it was Bhool Bhulaiya. It takes a great comedic genius like Rajpal Yadav to sprinkle necessary comedic relief in a horror film, without transcending the genre of the film.
It seems like nearly all films starring Rajpal Yadav in the 2000s has attained the status of cult classic in Hindi Cinema. Rajpal Yadav’s short stature and innocent face made him the ideal actor to play the role of an impoverished, forced laborer role in Chup Chup Ke.
Malamaal Weekly is one classic Hindi movie that everyone should watch but few have. This film is not only a narrative marvel, but a culmination of unparalleled performances by actors of India. Rajpal Yadav, whose character turns from an eyesore to cancerous, perfectly captures the various shades of a privileged rich asshole.
None of Yadav’s performances hold a candle against his role in Apna Sapna Money Money; an aspiring Mafia Don whose alter ego is Amitabh Bachchan’s character in Sarkar. His pairing with Suneil Pal is one of the most brilliant but underrated comic duos of the century.