Best Actor in a Negative Role (Male)
Rishi Kapoor (D-Day)
The quintessential loverboy of Bollywood, Rishi Kapoor made his debut as a teenager in Raj Kapoor’s Mera Naam Joker and notched up a National Award for his act. Though he went on to become synonymous with frothy romances and musicals, there was never a doubt about Kapoor being a natural in front of the camera, and one with a largely untapped talent. Now a veteran in the industry and with a son, Ranbir Kapoor leading the new-gen of actors in talent and charisma, Kapoor seems determined to explore the actor in him. Having made a start as the wily and menacing Rauf Lala in the neo version of Agneepath in 2012, Kapoor can now be seen having zany time playing characters that are far cry from his charming loverboy roles of the past — a wedding planner in Shuddh Desi Romance, a gay professor in Student of the Year or turning sinister as the elusive don in D-Day. The last time Kapoor won a Screen Award was for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) and Best Ensemble Cast for Luck By Chance (2010).
“It is amazing that Mr. Rishi Kapoor has won the award for the Best Actor in a Negative Role for D-Day. For us it is a kind of vindication, when some expressed doubt about him pulling off a character, who’s sinister and demonic. It is a testament that of his calibre as an actor. It just goes to show that in as an actor in his second innings, he has an eye for roles which are very different. — Nikhil Advani, director