With a career spanning almost 36 years, Raghubir Yadav has impressed us with his incredible performances with 8 of his movies being India’s official submission for the Oscars. Recently, he won over the audience with his portrayal of.
We have compiled a list of Raghubir Yadav’s memorable characters and groundbreaking performances below:
Raghubir Yadav amazingly brought a comic book character alive with his impressive acting. By bringing out Chacha Chaudhary’s sharp wit, detective skills, and general badassery, Raghubir made the character look real and he became one of the best comic book actors.
Francis Massey in Massey Sahib
This was Raghubir Yadav’s debut film and with this movie, he established himself as an actor to look out for. His intense performance won him two international awards, Best Actor at the 1987 International Film Festival of India and the Fipresci Critics Award for Best Actor at the 1986 Venice International Film Festival.
Bhura in Lagaan
The character Bhura in Lagaan is a farmer and he is quite trained at fielding, all credit goes to years of practice running behind chickens. Raghubir Yadav convincingly portrayed Bhura’s emotions despite a limited screen presence.
Chillum in Salaam Bombay!
Salaam Bombay is a film that talks about the other side of the city of dreams. The winner of two National Film Awards, Salaam Bombay saw Raghubir Yadav play a child protagonist Krishna’s (Shafiq Saeed) drug-addict friend and mentor. He gave a powerful performance as a conflicted soul, looking for a purpose in life.
Mungerilal in Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne
As the quite intellectually wishful thinker, Mungerilal was an image of every common man who dreams of a good future. This movie showed Yadav as a frustrated average man that enabled people to relate to his struggles and dream.
Budhia in Peepli Live!
Peepli Live talks about farmer suicides, and the film worked because of actors like Raghubir Yadav. It did not look like he was playing a character, but, he appeared to have actually lived the life of farmers in India.
Karim in Firaaq
It often becomes difficult to grab the audience’s attention when you are sharing the screen with legendary actors such as Naseeruddin Shah. But Raghubir Yadav managed to do it easily in his role in Firaaq. He performed as Karim, Khan Sahib’s (Shah) loyal but whining aide in Firaaq.
Adolf Hitler in Gandhi to Hitler
Despite gloomy writing and direction, the only thing the movie got attention to was Raghubir Yadav’s jaw-dropping performance as Hitler. With the film, Yadav added another feather to his range as an actor.
Loknath in Newton
In Newton, Loknath was an officer who did not dream of changing the world. And even though he just wanted to exist, Loknath gradually accepted everything. Yadav’s character in Newton can be explained as a picture of the average, stereotypical Indian workforce, who wants nothing more, nothing less.
Mauji’s father in Sui Dhaaga
Raghubir Yadav’s performance of the moody, conservative father in Sui Dhaaga was another feather in his cap. It takes a certain kind of talent to actually make the audience smile even though the film talks about some serious drama.
Pradhanpati in Panchayat
And yes, of course, Raghubir Yadav’s character of Pradhanpati won him the Best Supporting Actor (Male) (Comedy Series) at Filmfare OTT Awards 2020. Panchayat’s Pradhanpati with all the arrogance of being the most powerful man in the village was mild-mannered and had none of the cruel characteristics that can come with power.