Bollywood actor Kay Kay Menon was recently awarded ‘The Most Versatile’ award at the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival. Menon is known for his peculiar choices in choosing a script and then giving exemplary performances in those roles. Not only is Menon loved by the critics, he is also widely popular amongst the masses for his acting prowess.
The actor took to Instagram and Twitter to share the news with his followers and thanked the DPIFF (Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival) fraternity for the recognition.
— KayKay Menon 🇮🇳 (@kaykaymenon02) February 17, 2021
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More about Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival
The DPIFF is one of the most prestigious awards felicitation ceremonies that has honoured actors and artists who have contributed to Indian cinema for years. This year, the Indian Prime Minister wrote a special letter to the winners of DPIFF 2021 in which he congratulated the winners and gave them his best wishes.
In his letter, Modi wrote, “Heartiest congratulations to all the award winners. May the awards inspire various stakeholders to take the art of storytelling to higher levels of excellence. Best wishes for the all-around success of the Film Festival Awards 2021.”
He also wrote, “Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival’s endevour to honour the Indian film industry, Indian television industry and international film fraternity together is praiseworthy.”
Take a look at his letter:
Sir @narendramodi, we are privileged to receive your blessing for the grandeur success of Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021. You are a great visionary & also the source of inspiration to ignite the enthusiasm within Youth Team of DPIFF#dpiff2021 @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/KiFMKZ5Tt5
— Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival (@Dpiff_official) February 11, 2021
Other important awards Kay Kay Menon has received over the years
Apart from the prestigious DPIFF, Menon has received a plethora of important awards in his career that has spanned around 3 decades. Prior to DPIFF, Menon received the IIFA Award for best actor in a negative award for his awe-worthy performance in Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Haider’. For the same movie and character Menon also received the Filmfare Award for best supporting actor.
Menon started his career around 30 years back as a methodical theatre actor and went on to star in several Hindi, Telegu and Tamil films. His debut came with a small role for the 1995 film Naseem. In the later years, Menon established himself to be a reliable actor and bagged the lead role in Bhopal Express which was set against the backdrop of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
Slowly and surely, Menon started starring in critically acclaimed films such as Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Stoneman Murders, Life in a… Metro, Shaurya, among others.
Top 5 Kay Kay Menon movies (in no particular order):
Unreleased to this day, Paanch was the directorial debut of the now prolific director Anurag Kashyap. The film was loosely based on the Joshi-Abhyankar murders in Pune. In the film, Kay Kay Menon played the character of Luke Morrison, who was part of 4 impulsive, good-for-nothing friends that made one bad decision after other and found themselves in a soup of tragedy. Watch this for Menon’s menacing and dangerous streak he carried in his eyes. Although the film never saw a theatrical release, it’s widely available on streaming platforms and even on torrents.
Life in a… Metro
Life in a… Metro or Metro was Anurag Basu’s directorial attempt at creating an ensamble musical drama. The film packed powerful performances from Shilpa Shetty, Irrfan Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Kangana Ranaut. The film was critically acclaimed for narrating the lives of 9 people living in Mumbai. The movie went shoulder deep into difficult topics like, extramarital affairs, ambition, sanctity of marriage, etc. Menon in the film plays the character of Ranjit, a troubled man who is having an affair with her secretary whilst being married to a doting woman (Shilpa Shetty).
Haider was the third film in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Shakespearean trilogy after Maqbool (based on Macbeth) and Omkara (based on Othello). Haider was based on Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Bharadwaj brought Hamlet to the snowy valleys of Kashmir and dealt with issues surrounding Kashmir’s state of governance, the fears of Kashmiri citizens and the insanity which can take over any man. Although Menon’s performance was given strong competition by the film’s lead Shahid Kapoor, Menon gave his character the delicious duplicity and hypocrisy it needed.
Loosely based on Aaron Sorkin’s ‘A few good men’, Shaurya is a courtroom drama starring Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon and Minissha Lamba. The film tells the story of an army lawyer who goes out of his way to be the defendant of an army officer who was charged with the homicide of another army officer. Watch this one for a 3-minute monologue by Menon in which he slowly goes under the skin of Major Siddhant “Sid” Chaudhary (played by Rahul Bose).
Another terrific Anurag Kashyap film, Gulaal was a political drama in the backdrop of modern-day Rajasthan where former Rajput royalty gets into student politics to gain back the sovereignty of its state. Kay Kay Menon plays Dukey Banna, a local leader who wants to gain the power to accomplish his mission of a Rajputana separatist movement. The film also stars Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal and Abhimanyu Singh.
It should come to no one’s surprise that there is another Anurag Kashyap film in the list. Black Friday was based on a book written by the author Hussain Zaidi. The film connected the dots of the events that led to the 1993 blasts in Mumbai and the investigation it followed. Kay Kay Menon starred as DCP Rakesh Maria, a senior police investigator who is in charge of the bomb blasts that shook Mumbai in 1993.