Pillars of A Film or Drama

Pillars of A Film or Drama

Pillars of A Film or Drama

By Siddharth Abrol

Any drama, film or play consists mostly of 2 parts-hero and heroine. But one of the major components who are given second preference is the supporting cast. No one can gainsay or deny the fact that without supporting character, the film or drama will be a super hit. Many times it has also happened that the supporting characters are actually the reason to watch a movie and then they look like the lead cast as they are able to grab all the limelight. Supporting characters can be both positive and negative. Negative ones are also known as villains. It is also important to note that sometimes negative characters are leads e.g:-Tabu in Andhadhun.or Ranveer Singh in Padmavat.

There have been many instances where supporting character or villain is the USP of the film e.g.:- Priyanka Chopra in Aitraaz/Bajirao Mastani/Andaaz, Rani Mukerji in Veer Zara/No One Killed Jessica/Kuch Kuch Hota Hai., Rishi Kapoor in Kapoor and Sons. We see them as a third vertex of love triangle, hero or heroine’s parent or sibling, or some external entity in the film. Some of them are there for some time and to help the main lead e.g.:-Himani Shivpuri in Anjaam. Some of them are recurring. Sometimes supporting characters and villains become so important and hit after the film that the lead becomes insecure eg:- Kareena Kapoor was angry as Aitraaz was known for Priyanka Chopra. It leads to jealousy and insecurity among the male and female actors. But one of the major supporting character or villain lies in hero or heroine’s family e.g.: Farida Jalal in DDLJ or Supriya Pathak in Ram Leela as main villain. In dramas too, people sometimes adore the main villain e.g.:-Komolika is known as a legend or love the supporting character to be a constant support to the lead.

I really don’t understand the fact why the main hero or heroine do become so jealous and insecure of the supporting character or villain. They have to understand it’s their fault that they were not able to make the required impact on audiences and it was that supporting character which was the main reason of the particular film to be hit. Moreover, they sometimes cut the parts of these supporting characters which makes me feel that don’t they have the credibility to make the film or drama hit by their own independent of screen space of another character. The senior characters who mostly play supporting roles are not much recognized but the younger ones get lots of recognition. I think we should even atleast some recognition to the older ones. We should accept the fact that the supporting characters and antagonist are the pillars of any drama or film and they should be also acknowledged.