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Anil Kapoor: A cut above the rest!

The actor has proven his mettle at the box office yet again with My Wife's Murder.

entertainment Updated: Aug 24, 2005 18:55 IST

The Indian film fraternity is forever looking for that 'new' hero to pull off a surprise act at the box office. In Bollywood, it's essentially the Khans who rule the roost, and most of them, barring Aamir Khan, do not make any attempt to rise above the scripts.

But there is a rare breed of actors who continue to deliver consistently and command respect even when they return to the screens after a long gap. Anil Kapoor is undoubtedly one such actor who hasnever shied away from experimenting with his roles and delivered critically acclaimed performances too.

In many ways, he has been a trendsetter. From playing the small town simpleton in Woh Saat Din to larger than life characters in Mr India and Ram Lakhan, Anil Kapoor has always proved his mettle. He has held his own against an array of talented actors, be it Kajol, Rani or Tabu.

Kapoor excelled once again in the new production from Ram Gopal Verma's Factory - My Wife's Murder. The film is an inventive saga of an innocent man's sudden turnaround when he bumps off his nagging wife, accidentally. While the director's deft handling of a psychological thriller deserves credit, it was half the battle won with a seasoned performer like Kapoor. He essays the role of the workaholic film editor torn between family and righteousness when a freak accident leaves him with no choice but to run from the cops.

Kapoor never once crosses the line of self-controlled fury or allows outrage to unnerve him. From the one-day stubble on his weary face to the final on-the-run dishevelled unshaven look, we find the method actor using his physical attributes to get the desired effect. When he screams for mercy for the sake of his school going children, he doesn't need to resort to facial contortions - as is the general practice - but internalizes the pain of a suffering father and the helplessness of a vulnerable man.

His unpremeditated quirky act grows messier each time. His body language, expressions and his looks have a degree of exasperating defenselessness.

But what is commendable about his acting abilities is the actor's complete control over the twists in the storyline and his perceptive insight into his characterisation taking the viewers along with the turns in the long winding journey of events.

First Published: Aug 25, 2005 08:00 IST