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OTTplay Awards 2022 - Know your winners: Tahir Raj Bhasin wins Best Actor Male - Popular (Series) for Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein

Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein marked Tahir Raj Bhasin's first time as a leading romantic hero and that too in a web series.

OTTplay Awards 2022 - Know your winners: Tahir Raj Bhasin wins Best Actor Male - Popular (Series) for Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein
Tahir Raj Bhasin
  • OTTplay Team

Last Updated: 12.07 PM, Sep 16, 2022


Tahir Raj Bhasin made his web series debut with Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein, which premiered on Netflix. In the OTT series, which is a pulp fiction style thriller, the actor played the role of a man stuck between true love and an obsessive lover. For his performance as the empathetic Vikrant, Tahir won the OTTplay Awards 2022, for Best Actor Male: Popular (Series).

His Netflix series Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein quickly rose to the top spot and became a smashing success. As the captive Vikrant, who is unable to flee, the actor makes the spectator feel empathy and sympathy for his character's claustrophobic position as he learns that everything in his life is crumbling, including his true love. Tahir displays a tremendous character arc, and he masterfully executes it.

About the winner:

With Kismat Love Paisa Dilli (2012), Tahir Raj Bhasin made his acting debut. He also had cameos in Kai Po Che! (2013) and One by Two (2014). With Mardaani (2014), he made his official feature debut and was nominated for both the Screen Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. In Force 2, he also performed as the adversary. His following movie, Chhichhore (2019), was an enormous success. Then, in 83 (2021), he portrayed Sunil Gavaskar.


For his role in Mardaani, Tahir Raj Bhasin played a negative role and went on to win Best Actor in a Negative Role in 2014.

His interesting career:

In 2012, Tahir decided to pursue a career in acting. He subsequently starred in four short films for the Film and Television Institute of India and made appearances in television commercials in India. He made a cameo appearance in the comedy-thriller movie Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, which was directed by Sanjay Khanduri during the year. Tahir starred in the romantic comedy One by Two (2014), which was directed by Devika Bhagat, after playing older Ali, the cricketer in Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che! (2013), in a seven-second part.

In 2014, Tahir made his Bollywood film debut with Rani Mukerji in the lead role of Pradeep Sarkar's criminal thriller Mardaani, in which he played Karan Rastogi, a prominent human trafficking figure from Delhi. Critics applauded the portrayal of a fresh, young, and terrifying face of crime in Indian cinema in his film, which was based on the American TV series Breaking Bad.

Bhasin played the antagonist alongside John Abraham and Sonakshi Sinha in the 2016 action spy thriller Force 2. The actor played the 1940s Bollywood star Shyam in Nandita Das's Manto, featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role.

He played one of the main characters in Nitesh Tiwari's 2019 feature film Chhichhore, which is directed by Dangal. The movie earned over 200 crores at the Indian box office and won the prestigious National Award for best film.

2021 saw Tahir star in the role of great test cricketer Sunil Gavaskar in Kabir Khan's 83, a movie about India's maiden cricket World Cup victory in 1983. The actor released three successful titles back-to-back in 2022. He switched to portraying the romantic lead in the series Ranjish Hi Sahi, Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein, and the film Looop Lapeta.

In the feature film Looop Lapeta, which was made by Sony Pictures and Ellipsis Entertainment, Tahir played the romantic lead. Taapsee Pannu also appears in the movie, which is an Indian remake of the popular German film, Run Lola Run.

Winning Speech:

On bagging the trophy at the OTTplay Awards 2022, Tahir Raj Bhasin gave an inspiring speech, stating, "It's incredible that we're here celebrating OTT because I think it's been a phenomenal platform for filmmakers. I think it's going to usher in a new era of creativity, as it already is. These are the positives, but since I'm in a room of power, there is a negative. I would like to just mention it, and that is algorithms for the uninitiated. That's when artificial intelligence tells you what works and what doesn't work. Trends, that one word that we all hear about all the time, are associated with algorithms. With trends comes an inability to take risks. And if there's one thought that I'd like to leave you with, it's that in a world of trends, try to be an original."