Actor Raghubir Yadav is sure enjoying his moment in the limelight, and deservedly so. In an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, he has helped send 8 fantastic films to the Oscars.

Courageously and outrageously taking on small yet pivotal roles, Yadav has left a lasting impression on audiences. Here are the 8 films that made it to the Oscars – Salaam Bombay (1988), Rudaali (1993), Bandit Queen (1994), 1947 Earth (1998), Lagaan (2001), Water (2005), Peepli Live (2010) and Newton (2017). Now here’s the lowdown on some of his most noteworthy performances. In Salaam Bombay, he plays the hard-hitting role a drug addict and thief. In Rudaali, he essays the troubled son of a troubled widow. Who can forget him in Lagaan – where he plays an upbeat farmer who joins the cricket team in a bid to beat the British in an all-important match. In Water, he embodies the complex character of a transgender and pimp. In Peepli Live, he is an alcoholic farmer. And in the recently released Newton, he is the delightful older yet junior election officer – full of fear and fun. The journey has come full circle for this established veteran. Now pending, Newton’s fate at the Oscars still remains to be seen.

As an actor, artist and performer, Raghubir Yadav has strived to be a part of good and meaningful cinema. His well-accomplished and cherished career speaks for itself. In another feature Is this Actor better than most Bollywood stars?, we spoke about appreciating such gifted actors and appreciating the art. With this feature, we simply stand by that. And hope these talented actors get their due recognition soon. They already have our respect. Actors like Raghubir Yadav are few and far between.

– Varun Kumar | Enterapped