He is, unarguably, one actor who has never got his due. And if the Gods had been merciful and kind to allow Lady Luck to smile on him when directors offered him author-backed roles (the Anurag Kashyap directed Paanch and Black Friday) the films either rot in the cans for want of a uniform censor board policy or run into controversy.
That's the fate of Kay Kay Menon, one of the most underutilized actors of our times.
Despite showing flashes of brilliance even when he was pitted against the Bachchans in the Ram Gopal Varma directed Sarkar, Menon is rarely seen on the big screen.
As Ritesh Sahani, a passionate man, Menon gets into the battlefield of politics with a vengeance
It was thus a pleasant surprise to see him sharing credits as the lead opposite the sultry Bipasha Basu in yet another hard hitting story by Madhur Bhandarkar's
released this week.
As the story unfolds revealing minute details of the dog-eat-dog world of high voltage drama that surrounds the underbelly of corporate intricacies, several characters flit in and out of the taut narrative that takes a incisive look at the goings on in the two leading industrialists' houses.
Menon's introduction is slow but dramatic as viewers await his entry and the plot begins to thicken. As Ritesh Sahani, a passionate man who dreams big and aspires to move ahead in life, Menon gets into the battlefield of politics with a vengeance.
Having lost all that he had borrowed from his sister and her husband, he wants a second chance and is determined to make the best use of the opportunities this time. He is known as someone who is very obsessive about his work.
Ritesh loves his work and thus enjoys playing games relentlessly that are a must in the glitzy world bordering on the razor sharp periphery of politics and hardcore no nonsense professionalism.
His impulsive affirmation to a new found love signifies his go-getting instinct that enables him not to miss a chance that may prove to be successful.
His lady love, Bipasha Basu is another ambitious professional and works in the same company and he could do anything to protect her, back her, and be the anchor that she so badly needs.
As the battle for supremacy in the murky proceedings of boardroom politics rages on, one gets an insight into the ruthlessness and one-upmanship of each character. Menon displays shrewdness with an unsympathetic conduct.
But the tour de force is the scene when he gets to know of his sister and brother-in-law's wily ways as to save the honor of their organisation, they make a deal with his fiancee Bipasha to confess to a crime she didn't commit promising that they would get her acquitted by engaging some of the best lawyers.
As they fail to keep their word, an infuriated and deeply hurt Menon lambasts his family for being deserters. His fiery tirade directed at their selfish and despicable ways would make his fans tremble with fear as he takes on their might single handedly.
His breaking down inconsolably as he comes to know of his girlfriend being in the family way with his child exposes his quirk of personality and sends shivers down the spine - so effectively powerful it sounds.