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Underrated films where Kay Kay Menon didn't get his due

By Shaheen Irani | OTTPlay

By Shaheen Irani | OTTPlay
Apr 05, 2021

Bollywood has been blessed with some of the most talented actors over the past few decades. The rise of names like Manoj Bajpayee, Pankaj Tripathi and Kay Kay Menon are proof of the same.

Did you know that Menon actually has a Bachelor's degree in Physics and has done MBA in Marketing? Yes, the brilliant actor, as we all know him today, was once extremely comfortable staying behind the curtains and focusing on the advertising world.

It was the same that brought The Special Ops actor closer to acting and gave us a gem of an actor.

However, before receiving his due in the industry, Menon was in the shadows in some marvellous films.

Here are a few of them...

1
Black Friday
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Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday was the sensational story of what happened that led to 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai. Menon played the role of DCP Rakesh Maria, who was put in charge of the case. It was his character that stumbled upon shocking events and was able to untangle the knots tied by the mystery behind the sudden blasts. Black Friday can be streamed on Disney+Hotstar.
2
Gulaal
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Gulaal was a story set in Rajasthan. It took a stand on student politics, pursuit of power and hypocrisy of the powerful personalities. The film, which has been considered as Anurag Kashyap's angriest film till date, faced issues finding a theatrical release but eventually, it did hit the big screens in 2009. However, the movie has been a highly-underrated one. In the film, Menon played the role of a local leader called Dukey Banna who was at the forefront of the Rajputana separatist movement. Gulaal can be viewed on YouTube.
3
Life in a... Metro
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Even when Menon had worked in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, he was still not completely acknowledged for playing the antagonist in Life in a... Metro. Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Konkona Sen Sharma and Irrfan Khan (Shikha Kapoor, Shruti Ghosh, Monty) received all accolades in the movie, even when Kay Kay Menon as Ranjeet Kapoor stirred most trouble in the film. The film was a story of nine people living in the metropolitan city of Mumbai, who have to deal with extramarital affairs and finding love. The Anurag Basu directorial can be streamed on Netflix India.
4
Shahid
8OTTplay Rating
When one thinks about Shahid, all they can remember is Rajkummar Rao. No other actor, whether Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (as Arif Azmi) or Kay Kay Menon (as Ghulam Navi Waar), come to people's mind when the film is named. The story revolves around lawyer Shahid Azmi (played by Rao)'s execution, which is said to be based on a bigger conspiracy. Those who have already seen the film, would know about how Azmi gained fame once he turned to law. However, people often tend to forget that the person who inspired him, Waar, played just as important a role. The Hansal Mehta directorial film can be streamed on Sony Liv.
5
The Ghazi Attack
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The Ghazi Attack, titled Ghazi in Telugu, was the true story inspired from the sinking of (Pakistani) PNS Ghazi during Indo-Pakistani Navy War of 1971. The Ghazi Attack focused on the valour of navy officers who set off on the Indian submarine INS Karanj. Menon played the role of Captain Ran Vijay Singh who took the most impact of things going downward for the navy officers. He came through for all of his officers, who managed to eventually succeed in their mission (despite incurring a loss beyond imagination). The film can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.
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