Best Actor, that’s easy! You get the good role, you do spectacular, you take all the close-ups and the big dramatic monologues, everyone notices you. But what about “best leading man who stepped back”? The ones who chose to let someone else shine?
Salman Khan-Bharat-Katrina Kaif
Salman is the hero here, no doubt. He has the maximum screen time, the biggest growth, and all the heroic moments. But he (the actor) chose to stand back and let his co-star Katrina Kaif get so many other great big moments! So that in many of their scenes together, despite him being the “hero”, she is the one you remember.
Rajkummar Rao-Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga-Everyone
Rajkummar has the most screentime, is the start and finish character, and does the most active stuff in the story. But in terms of memorable scenes and performances, it all goes to Sonam and Anil and Juhi, Rajkummar just hangs back and lets them shine
Tiger Shroff-War-Hrithik Roshan
Oh Tiger! When this film was first announced, Tiger was riding how on his surprise Baaghi 2 success and it sounded like “hot new star Tiger propping up old actor Hrithik”. And then the movie came out, and Hrithik gets all the hero shots, all the action scenes, all the cool moments, plus is just HOTTER than Tiger.
Ranveer Singh-Gully Boy-Siddhant Chaturvedi/Alia Bhatt/Vijay Varma
You could say that it was Siddhant and Alia’s talent that made them over-shadow Ranveer, but Ranveer still had the biggest role, and he had the pre-production strength to force script rewrites to give himself the best bits. And instead he let Siddhant, Alia, and Vijay have the characters you can’t forget.
Ajay Devgan-De De Pyaar De-Tabu
Again, you could argue that it is Tabu’s talent and the script which gave her such a great role. But Ajay is not just the lead, he was co-producing. And he still let Tabu have the big emotional speech, the sexy intro, and so on and forth. Until you leave the theater remembering her instead of him.