The various OTT platforms have certainly been bliss for the commoners, especially after the pandemic. The release of various blockbuster series and offbeat content by the OTT platforms have certainly raised the standards and have been a great platform for the talents of long-lost actors who are now making their debut with these platforms. While we already know enough about the main leads of various popular web series, there have been some sidekicks who garnered more fame and even overshadowed the performance of the leads in various instances. These various sidekicks were depicted as the best friends to the lead protagonists and set a great example of friendship. So, let’s have a look at some of the amazing supporting actors for the popular web series whose performances have made the audiences go crazy and have a big contribution towards the success of these series:
Mirzapur – Compounder (Abhishek Banerjee)
Mirzapur has certainly been one of those series that instigated the craze of web series amongst the audiences. With a set of some classic dialogues that are still popular meme material and are over people’s mouths, Ali Fazal stole the limelight with his extraordinary yet surprising bold character in the series. His intense yet strong performance and dialogue delivery in the series soon made him count amongst the top-notch actors in the industry.
While everyone was busy praising the brilliant performances of leads in the series, the one particular sidekick that managed to steal the show was Abhishek Banerjee. A great example of a friend who can even die for you! The Bollywood actor Abhishek Banerjee played the character of Compounder – The best friend of Munna Bhaiya in the show which became a loveable character for each one of us from the series. While we wished to see more of this sidekick, his role became short-lived in the series.
Sunflower – Sub-Inspector Chetan Tambe (Girish Kulkarni)
This Zee 5 Black comedy series included the stand-up comedian – Sunil Grover in the lead role. While there were other well-known faces such as Ashish Vidyarthi, Girish Kulkarni, Ranvir Shorey, etc. in the prominent roles, this series revolved around the murder mystery in Mumbai’s middle-class housing society named Sunflower. While the various comical elements with a blend of seriousness towards solving a murder mystery were well perceived by the audiences, the sidekick of Sub-Inspector Chetan Tambe played by Girish Kulkarni became a favorite one amongst the audiences.
The Family Man – JK Talpade (Sharib Hashmi)
The Family man starring Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role was an action thriller web series that was introduced on 20 September 2019 through Amazon originals. A work by Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru, this thriller web series became one of the most favorite ones amongst the audiences and grabbed an IMDB rating of 8.6. The first installment of the series was released with a count of 10 episodes and the intense drama and action were something that made a huge impact in the hearts of the viewers.
Centering around the struggles of a middle-class family, the head and lead character of the family that is, Manoj Bajpayee or Srikant “Sri” Tiwari was seen secretly working as an intelligence officer for the T.A.S.C under a counterfeit branch of the National Investigation Agency. The first season marked its end at an amazing inquisitive point making the fans largely curious to wait upon the release of its second season to witness what would happen next!!
And finally, all the curiosity came to an end with the release of its next season. After receiving an overwhelming response from its second installment as well, the character of Jayavant Kasinath “JK” Talpade played by Sharib Hashmi added to the success of the series. The comical yet boosting character and a good friend of Manoj in the series managed to get major attention from the people.
Breathe – Prakash Kamble (Hrishikesh Joshi)
Both the installments of this series included some brilliant actors from the Bollywood industry as the lead. While we saw the actor R. Madhvan leading the first season of this web series, the second installment was a brilliant performance by the actor Abhishek Bachchan which is still regarded as one of the best performances by the actor throughout his career. While we know enough about the storyline and main leads of these series, the one particular sidekick that left the audiences amazed with his brilliant performance was actor Hrishikesh Joshi who portrayed the character of Prakash Kamble in both the installments and became a favorite to many.
Sacred Games – Katekar (Jitendra Joshi)
Sacred Games became another well-known series that made the audiences go crazy for the release of its second installment to know what would happen next. While the second installment of the same was not able to create its magic amongst the audiences and turned out to be a disappointment to the fans, the first season of Sacred created hype amongst the audiences. And amongst those, the character of Constable Ashok Katekar, played by Jitendra Joshi became a true example of friendship. While no one else was ready to believe in Sartaj, this character was someone who didn’t hesitate upon investing his full hopes into him which made him an absolute favorite amongst the audiences.
Scam 1992 – Ashwin Mehta (Hemant Kher)
While you all might feel that there has been no one else from the series as brilliant as its lead actor, Pratik Gandhi, then it’s time to think about it again. Though we also don’t deny the same thanks to the amazing performance by the actor, another character who became a favorite amongst the audiences was Hemant Kher, who played the role of Ashwin Mehta that is, Harshad’s Brother in the series. The brilliant performance of the actor as his brother’s support became an absolute favorite and managed to create a good impression amongst the audiences.
Mirzapur 2 – Lalit (Brahma Mishra)
Making an end from where we began! Yes, when Compounder became an absolute favorite of the audiences from its first season, talking about the second installment, the sidekick of Lalit, played by the actor Brahma Mishra became a major favorite of the audiences. When a whole title for one of its episodes was dedicated centering on this character, his tragic end made us all feel a bit disappointed. Shown as Munna Bhaiya’s right-hand man, his comical yet appealing character became one of the best ones from the series and even overshadowed the main leads for a certain amount of time.