Only an accomplished actor can play the roles of a loving father or a helpless refugee with equal élan. Virendra Saxena is no doubt, an actor par excellence. His impeccable acting skills and a unique voice have made him one of the most sought-after character actors across mediums. He has performed in over 80 Hindi films and around 15 television series, apart from countless plays. He rendered a unique touch to each role that he essayed.
Here’s taking a look at some of his most loved and cherished roles in cinema and the telly.
He played the doting and encouraging father of the naïve and plain-Jane Jassi in the Indian adaptation of Yo soy Betty, la fea. One of the most beloved fathers on television then, Saxena won many hearts for his role.
Tamas (1988), Govind Nihalani’s National Award-winning movie, is set in the backdrop of the 1947 partition. It explores the plight of Sikh and Hindu families in one of Indian history’s darkest periods. Saxena plays Jarnail, an eccentric Sikh man who’s devoted to his country. His nuanced portrayal of Jarnail was much lauded and remains one of his finest roles.
Saxena plays a supportive father who encourages his daughter Krishna to pursue her dreams of becoming an IAS officer. Afsar Bitiya was a TV series much ahead of its time. With a strong script and exceptional narration, it quickly became one of the most loved series on prime time television.
This movie added a new dimension to Saxena’s repertoire. He plays the sidekick to a care-free grandfather played by Alok Nath. The film is a laugh-riot and Saxena’s tongue-in-cheek interactions with Nath, are cleverly funny.