Well, I already did favorite performances in films, this is something slightly different, favorite characters. Favorite characters who I would love no matter who played them.
6. Om Kapoor: One of the all time great comic characters! The self-involvement, the shallowness, the stupidity! The kind of guy who would with think a Disco style sad love song is a brilliant idea!
5. Raj Malhotra: DDLJ is SO good! And a lot of it is because of what an amazing character Raj Malhotra is. So amazing, that filmmakers spent the next few years trying to create pale imitations of him. He’s cocky and funny and a little mean. But he’s also sensitive and smart and will do anything for the ones he loves.
4. Rahul Joshi: Yes Boss is a movie that is a little too shallow to be really good, but a little too deep to be completely written off. And that is mostly because of Rahul Joshi. Shamelessly ambitious, and yet strangely innocent. In love, but afraid to admit it. Completely amoral, until suddenly he isn’t.
3. Arjun Sagar: Pardes has A LOT going on. And unfortunately, Arjun’s story kind of gets lost in the mix. But his character is really the most fascinating! An orphan from India brought to the west, who never feels like he really belongs anywhere, most of all within his adopted family. Who carries with him so much guilt and obligation, he isn’t even willing to rescue the woman he loves until the last minute. Who stands on the outside and tries to make everyone else’s life better, and resists being brought into the story.
2. Gaurav Chadana: Fascinating character! Just fascinating. Somehow both humble and prideful at the same time. Both entitled and generous. He comes off as harmless, simple, the one who is put upon not the put upon-er. And then, somehow, by the end of the film, all those layers have been peeled off and you realize that he will always convince himself he is the victim in every situation.
1.1. Aryan Khanna: This one is kind of fascinating, because it is Shahrukh. I mean, he’s playing himself. But not a simplified version of himself, like in Om Shanti Om or Billu, but a character who tries to contain all the complications and depth of Shahrukh Khan, the real person. A movie star with a lot of charm and love. But with a lot of madness and pride too. And, underneath that, a human need to protect his family, and a human sense of sadness about how little family he has (that moment at the end, when he tells Gaurav to go home to his parents, that’s brilliant and heartbreaking).