The 89th Academy Awards- Predicting the Winners

The 89th Academy Awards- Predicting the Winners

Sidharth Sharma

Sidharth Sharma

Movie buff by passion, a medical student by profession. Got stuck with Cadavers instead of Cameras
Sidharth Sharma

Lights, Camera, Action! The stage is set and the countdown has begun. With just a few days left for the most coveted award ceremony to be held at the Dolby Theatre, the anticipation seems to be at its peak. So we, at Scriptors, decided to come out with our own list of expected winners. Read more to find out:


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BEST PICTURE

The nominations for the best picture are:

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight
1OUR PREDICTION

The three magical words making its way in almost all the award functions this year- Damien Chazelle’s audacious musical romance ‘La La Land’ should perhaps emerge as the winner in the ‘Best Picture’ category. With a whooping 14 nominations, La La Land seems to be the strongest contender at the Oscars this year. After bagging the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Critic’s Choice Award, ‘La La Land’ has its eyes all set on the golden Oscar Statuette. But things might not be as easy as it seems to be. La La Land is receiving stiff competition from Ted Melfi’s ‘Hidden Figures’ (which received the SAG-Best Ensemble) and Barry Jenkin’s ‘Moonlight’ (which received the Golden Globe- Best drama).

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Expected Winner: La La Land

Challengers: Hidden Figures and Moonlight


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 BEST ACTOR

The nominations for the best actor are:

  • Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Denzel Washington (Fences)
  • Ryan Gosling (La La Land)
  • Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

2Our prediction

Anyone who has watched ‘Manchester by the Sea’ would agree that Casey Affleck’s portrayal of Lee Chandler was inarguably the performance of the year. And with the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Critic’s Choice award in his kitty, the possibility of Affleck winning the Oscar seems to be very high. But the recent sexual harassment suit might somewhat affect the judgement. Also the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards might prove to be a game-changer. With Denzel Washington bagging the SAG awards for his outstanding performance in ‘Fences’, there is now a neck-to-neck competition between the two. Ofcourse, the Oscars are not based on the Golden Globe, the BAFTA or the SAG. But there is generally some overlap between the jury of the SAG and the Academy Awards. So, Denzel Washington might just emerge victorious this time! Also, there is Ryan Gosling competing for the best actor award for his film ‘La La Land’. He might not have won any major award till now but given the hype surrounding ‘La La Land’, I would not be surprised if he gets lucky this time!

mbts_27111Expected Winner: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Closest Challenger: Denzel Washington (Fences)

Other Challenger: Ryan Gosling (La La Land)


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BEST ACTRESS

The nominations for the best actress are:

  • Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • Natalie Portman (Jackie)
  • Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
  • Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)
  • Ruth Negga (Loving)

3Our prediction

Emma Stone has been bagging almost all the awards for her bitter-sweet, love-affirming performance in ‘La La Land’. There has been a lot of appreciation from the Academy that what she made look effortless, demanded real talent and precision. Does it mean that she should start preparing her acceptance speech well in advance? Well, not exactly. Her closest challenger, Natalie Portman’s searing anguish in ‘Jackie’ makes her the biggest threat for Stone (Portman was the Critic’s Choice this year). Also giving stiff competition to Stone is Isabelle Huppert, who won the Golden Globe- Best Actress (Drama) for her dark, morally murky role in ‘Elle’. Ruth Negga’s commendable performance in ‘Loving’ might not have won her any award but that doesn’t mean that she is totally out the race for the Oscar.

maxresdefaultExpected Winner: Emma Stone (La La Land)

Closest Challenger: Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Other Challenger: Isabelle Huppert (Elle)


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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

The nominations for the best supporting actor are:

  • Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)
  • Dev Patel (Lion)
  • Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  • Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

4Our prediction

With a strong screen presence, Mahershala Ali infuses life into the character of Juan in the movie ‘Moonlight’ and he totally deserves to win the golden statuette. His SAG and Critics Choice win only strengthens his chances of winning the Oscar. His closest competitor, Dev Patel delivers a riveting performance in ‘Lion’ and could pose a threat to Ali’s Oscar dream. Among the other challengers, Michael Shannon was phenomenal but his chances of lifting the trophy are quite feeble.

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Closest Challenger: Dev Patel

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS


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The nominations for the best supporting actress are:

  • Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Naomie Harris (Moonlight)
  • Nicole Kidman (Lion)
  • Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)
  • Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

5Our prediction:

Viola Davis must have been tired of receiving awards for her pathbreaking performance in ‘Fences’, but we guess the trend will continue this time as well! Her portrayal of Rose Maxson has garnered her huge critical acclaim and we are pretty sure that she is going to bag the golden statue as well. Other challengers in this category include Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea).

ht_viola_davis_fences_jef_160927_12x5_1600Expected Winner: Viola Davis (Fences)

Other Challengers: Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) and Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)


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BEST DIRECTOR

The nominations for best director are:

  • Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
  • Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)
  • Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)
  • Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
  • Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

6Our prediction

The strongest contenders for the best director category would undoubtedly be Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins. Damien Chazelle’s visual storytelling prowess, the simplicity and beauty of the narrative and the grounded emotional moments make him worthy of the best director award. But hold on. Barry Jenkins’ rich and restrained direction in ‘Moonlight’ might pose huge threat to Chazelle. If Damien Chazelle wins this award, he would become the youngest recipient of this award ever!

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Expected Winner: Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Closest Challenger: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Other Challenger: Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

 

P.S: This article is just a prediction. Actual results may vary considerably.


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Om Puri –  From Ardhsatya to Hera Pheri – His Memorable Roles.

Om Puri – From Ardhsatya to Hera Pheri – His Memorable Roles.

Shivangi Shrivastava

Shivangi Shrivastava

Bhopali studying in Bangalore. Crazy at heart! Guest Blogger at Scriptors.
Shivangi Shrivastava

Today, Indian cinema has lost one of the finest actors in the industry. He was a director’s actor, he had no comfort zone, and he had the caliber to make every zone a comfortable and natural one for him.
From being a student at the national school of drama to the Padma Shri award winner his journey in Bollywood is filled with different characters, genres and great acting. He proved that ultimately acting skills are the most important thing in the industry and there is no replacement for it.
Comedy, antagonist, lover, father, ardent and youngster you name it and he has done all kind of roles giving us the best movies ever.
Here, are some of his favorite’s characters on screen.




Anant Walenkar – ArdhSatya

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The potrayal of a helpless but honest Police Inspector fighting against the fragile system and his own demons, makes this movie a Master Class for the Actors. That cry in the end can make you feel sink.




Ahuja- Jaane Bhi do Yaaro

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The drunk contractor from the classic cult comedy movie, his acting skills and comedy timings and the Punjabi accent added charm to the movie.

Abu Miyan- Mirch masala

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The person, who stood against the British raj and society to protect the dignity of a woman. He played the role of a much older person and justified it to every bit.

Durgaprasad Bharadwaj- Chachi 420

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We all loved this funny wannabe detective, who despite his all failed attempts wanted to solve the mystery of Chachi.




Sanathan- Maachis

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a victim of communal and political violence who has taken up a different way now to restore basic civil rights and dignity of common people in the country. He was intense at the same time emotional in the movie. This was one of his best performances in Bollywood.




Khadak Singh- Hera Pheri

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He can be zealous on screen but humor is his right hand’s work. We all loved how this Sardar will always come after Shyam and every time will return empty hand, his dialogue delivery made this movie a fun ride for us.




Bagheera- Jungle book

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He just gave his voice for Bagheera. But, it was not like any other dubbing, he made it more special for us because of the love and warmth he had in the voice.
These few memorable characters just show how versatile he was as an actor and indeed Indian cinema has lost a veteran actor today.

Om Puri – The University of Acting

Om Puri – The University of Acting

Prakash Khare

Prakash Khare

Retired Government Officer, Big Time Indian Cinema Fan, Old Film Encyclopedia
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1970s में मेनस्ट्रीम व्यावसायिक सिनेमा की सुनहरी व सपनो की दुनिया से अलग  एक कठोर यथार्थवादी सिनेमा का उदय हो रहा था जिसकेसूत्रधार थे श्याम बेनेगल व गोविन्द निहलानी जैसे निर्देशक तो परदे पर इनके पात्रों को जीवंत करने की जबाबदारी थी नसीरुद्दीन शाह व ओम पूरी जैसे सामान्य सेदिखने वाले अभिनेताओं की जिन्होंने अपने लाजबाब अभिनय से  इस सामानांतर सिनेमा की सार्थकता को सिद्ध किया। आज सामानांतर यथार्थवादी सिनेमा के एकस्तम्भ का निधन हो गया। हालाँकि बाद मैं में उन्होंने मुख्य धारा  की फिल्मों में भी अपनी क़ाबलियत सिद्ध की लेकिन यहां हम उनकी उन पांच पेरफॉर्मन्सेस का ज़िक्रकरेंगे जिनको शायद आपने मिस किया होगा।

फिल्म आक्रोश का मजबूर आदिवासी किसान लाहन्या भीकू जो लगभग पूरी फिल्म में कुछ नहीं बोलता केवल अपने बोलते हुए चेहरे के भावों से अपने ऊपरहोने वाले अत्याचार व मजबूरी को अभिव्यक्त करता है। वह अपनी पत्नी के बलात्कार व उसकी मौत को बर्दाश्त करता है लेकिन फिल्म के अंत में अपनी अवयस्कबहिन पर होने वाले संभावित बलात्कार से बचाने के लिए उसकी हत्या कर देता है।

फिल्म आरोहण का गांव का  गरीब किसान जो १९६० के नक्सलबाड़ी आंदोलन से प्रभावित होकर भूमि स्वामियों द्वारा किये जा रहे अत्याचार के विरुद्ध लड़ताहै और अंत में सफल होने तक अपना सब कुछ खो देता है ,अपने परिवार को खो देता है और अंत में मर जाता है।

फिल्म अर्ध सत्य का आदर्शवादी पुलिस अफसर अनंत वेलंकर जो पुलिस ,माफिया व भ्रस्ट राजनीतिज्ञों के गठजोड़ से लड़ता है और सिस्टम के विरुद्ध अपनीविवशता को जिस तरह इस नायक ने प्रदर्शित किया है वह बेमिसाल है।और इस अभिनय के लिए उनको बेस्ट एक्टर का नेशनल अवार्ड भी मिला।

टेलीविज़न फिल्म तमस का चमार नत्थू जो ठेकेदार के कहने पर सुवर को मारता है जिसको एक मस्जिद के सामने फ़ेंक दिया जाता है और जिससे सांप्रदायिकहिंसा भड़क उठती है। नाथू इस सांप्रदायिक हिंसा के लिए खुद को जबाबदेह मानकर प्रायश्चित करता है। इस तरह के  जटिल किरदार शायद ओमपुरी के लिए ही बनेथे।

फिल्म मिर्च मसाला का वृद्ध मुस्लिम चौकीदार जो पूरे गांव में अकेला महिलाओं के पक्ष में सूबेदार के विरुद्ध खड़े होने का साहस दिखाता  है|

इस अद्वितीय अभिनेता को हमारी भाव भीनी श्रद्धांजलि।

2016 – A Year of Great Child Performances

2016 – A Year of Great Child Performances

Apoorv Jaiswal
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And it’s that time of the year again, where Bollywood gurus start converting the critics into listicles.

Edging 2017, we grab our hopes tight to welcome the volcanic eruption of upcoming Bollywood movies. Amidst some remarkable debuts and heart-wrenching performances, what 2016 also gave us are some extremely talented little stars.

Gone are those times when child actors’ only purpose was to either carry forward a character’s journey or cascade the innocence & emotional quotient of a movie. Forthcoming is a phase in Indian Cinema, where specific roles will be penned down for them. Last year, we witnessed some memorable performances by child actors, where not only were they an integral part of the plot but gave a sublime effect to the whole storytelling.

What is a dessert without a sweet and mouth watering effect? That sugar was the performance by Lehar Khan (Janki) in ‘Parched’, Ria Shukla (Apeksha) in ‘Nil Battey Sannatta’ or Soham Maitra (Santu) in ‘Chauranga’ to name a few. While Neel Sethi resurfaced our childhood memories as lovable Mowgli in the American film ‘The Jungle Book’, British child artist Abigail Eames swept our hearts away as little adorable Gaura in the action-packed Bollywood thriller ‘Shivaay’. A cinematic salute to these well deserved wonderful children. Their acts truly signal a change to question our thoughts on age and art delivery of an artist.

 



Here is a list of such talents to reckon with in Indian cinema whose performances assure a glorious future of Bollywood.

  1. Lehar Khan as Janki in Parched

Already a recipient of Dada Saheb Phalke award for her brilliant act in Jalpari – The Desert Mermaid, 14-year-old Lehar Khan puts her soul into the character of child bride Janki in critically acclaimed movie Parched. She has held the grip of the audience, despite the presence of such powerful actresses such as Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte & Surveen Chawla.

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  1. Ria Shukla as Apeksha in Nil Battey Sannatta

Having already shown her talent in TV’s reality shows like ‘D.I.D’ and ‘India Ke Hunarbaaz’, this 17-year-old girl makes her debut with comedy drama movie, Nil Battey Sannatta. With her excellent portrayal of the daughter of a household help who is uninterested in education, she sure sets a foot closer to making her dreams true in Bollywood.

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  1. Soham Maitra as Santu in Chauranga

Set in the rural village backdrop, this story tugs at viewers’ heart with sensitivity. Also known for his key roles in movies like ‘Chaplin’ and ‘Ghuri’, this appealing boy imbibes enough intensity in the movie to moist your eyes as a 14-year-old Dalit (low caste) boy, who gets killed for writing a love letter.

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  1. Zaira Wasim & Suhani Bhatnagar as Geeta Phogat & Babita Phogat in Dangal

What more you could ask for in a sports movie than such dedicated and charming child artists to display the initial struggle of a sportsperson. 16-year-old Zaira and 12-year-old Suhani makes your heart skip a beat with their attitude when they enter the ring & wrestle in this brilliantly crafted biopic. While Zaira already has ‘Secret Superstar’ in her kitty, these girls already proved that they are here to stay long in Bollywood.

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  1. Hetal Gada & Krrish Chhabria as Pari & Chotu in Dhanak

A simple story made delightful by superb performances of kids who are the soul of this movie. These two adorable children charm their way directly in our hearts as a girl who sets on a journey with her visually impaired brother to meet Shahrukh Khan and fulfill her promise to get his vision back.

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  1. Vishal Bansal as Rohan in Madaari

He has been active on Indian Television for quite some time in shows like Mahadev, Beintehaa, Iss Pyaar ko Kya Naam Doon etc, but popularly known for playing young Karna in Surya Putra Karna & young Buddha in Buddha. Also featured in the movie Bombay Talkies, he made a mark by playing a smart kid who gets kidnapped in the socio-thriller movie Madaari that released this year.



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  1. Prabhjyot Singh as Balli in Udta Punjab

Gaining outright popularity as a doped teenager in his debut film, Udta Punjab, this 16-year-old actor has a great potential to mark his presence felt amongst an ensemble cast. Having done a theater play from where he was picked up for the audition, he has also featured in a Hotstar ad for IPL.

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  1. Naisha Khanna as Minnie Dewan in Kahaani 2

Remember the cute and enchanting girl from the movie Brothers. This 7-year-old girl who has been a part of many Tv commercials and serials wins huge applause for the portrayal of a victim of child molestation in the latest thriller Kahaani 2.

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  1. Diya Chalwad as Naomi in Rocky Handsome

The pain of a left out child who gets abducted by a drug mafia couldn’t be more felt if this 8-year-old endearing girl didn’t plunge that effect in the action thriller movie Rocky Handsome. Also was a part of Disney show Oye Jassie, her chemistry with John Abraham in the movie is something to praise for.

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#ScriptorsYearBest  : The Best Actors of 2016

#ScriptorsYearBest : The Best Actors of 2016

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This year may not have been the best year of Bollywood in terms of hit movies we had, but we did see some really rocking performances from some actors. So here are the actors that stunned us with their knockout performances. The list is in no particular order or ranking.

Aamir Khan as Mahaveer Phogat

(Dangal)

Aamir is a perfectionist and its hard to find a character that he cannot fit into. May it be a college going student from 3 idiots, A business tycoon in Ghajini or an old and out of shape father of two grownup girls in Dangal. With Dangal he just notched one more scale up from his previous performance. I have no doubt in quoting that noone else could have lived the role of Mahaveer Phogat as seamlessly as Aamir Khan.

Aamir Khan during his exercise regime for Dangal

Aamir Khan during his exercise regime for Dangal

 


    Shahid Kapoor as Tommy Singh

    (Udta Punjab)

    Crack addict, reckless, spoilt brat Popstar Tommy Singh which loosely resembled Honey Singh was one of the most difficult characters to play. The shades of gray and shades of brilliance were distinctly visible in the role played by Shasha, our own power player lad, who last year had amazed us in Haider with his amazing act. Yet again he proved that he is very much ahead of the pack, of actors who have restricted themselves to a genre or two.

    Shahid Kapoor in Udta Punjab

    Shahid Kapoor in Udta Punjab

    Ranbir Kapoor as Ayaan

    (Aye dil hai mushkil)

    When it comes to playing boy next door, I guess no one can play it as good as Ranbir Kapoor. This year he again did go typecasted in a role that was probably written for him, he again played it very aptly. A little bit of Rockstar, a pinch of Ye Jawaani hai Deewani with bits of Anjaana Anjaani made Ayaan, but we liked him in all those films and so did we like him in this one. Though we are now eagerly waiting for his next, Jagga Jasoos.

    His eyes do all the talking in this movie

    His eyes do all the talking in this movie


      Shahrukh Khan as Jug

      (Dear Zindagi)

      Shahrukh did not play a loverboy in the film. Thank God, he didnt ! We also thank Shahrukh that he played someone his age and magnitude because what he did subtly with the character of a psychotherapist Jahangir Khan aka Jug was simply applause worthy. The subtle portrayal amazed us, and also we think that it was one of the landmark performance of his career. We would like to see more of this Shahrukh Khan in coming years.

      Jug Jug Jiyo !

      Jug Jug Jiyo !

      Akshay Kumar as Rustom

      (Rustom)

      Indeed its hard to decide between Airlift and Rustom so as to which performance was better this year for Akshay Kumar. We decided to go with Rustom, for a long time we have seen Akshay do a lot of stunts in his films, where here was a film where he had to sit in half the film and yet deliver a knockout performance in one of the most decent biopics and courtroom dramas made this year. Akshay delivered a very convincing performance as a navel officer on trial for a murder. He did it in the most apt way required, hence Rustom scores over Airlift and makes to our list.

      Akshay Kumar in Rustom

      Akshay Kumar in Rustom


        Amitabh Bacchan as Deepak Sehgal

        (Pink)

        This year Amitabh gave us three solid performances first one in Wazir, then in t3en and then he gave the best performance of his life in my opinion in Pink. He is an institution in himself and portrayed role of a lawyer with sheer brilliance in ‘Pink’. Indeed this was the best performance of the year and will be considered as landmark acts for years to come. Incredible is the only word.

        Shehenshah of performances in Pink

        Shehenshah of performances in Pink

        Now lets talk about the leading ladies…

        Alia Bhatt as Pinky , Tia and Kaira

        (Udta Punjab, Kapoor n Sons and Dear Zindagi)

        Its an impossible task to decide which performance is Alia’s best of the year. She played a carefree, bubbly, Charming and Happy go Lucky girl in Kapoor n Sons, A rural Bhojpuri speaking hockey player  in Udta Punjab and a cinematographer suffering from a bipolar disorder in ‘Dear Zindagi’.  Its hard to believe that she is the same girl who made her debut in ‘Student of the year’. Alia today is one actress that is more versatile than any other of her age. She has come a long a long way in such a short time and will go a long way. We wish she does.

        Alia is indeed the best performer of 2016

        Alia is indeed the best performer of 2016


          Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot

          (Neerja)

          Surprised ?! So are we. Since her debut Sonam has been tagged as a poster perfect print model who isn’t as good an actress. This year Sonam slapped all her Critics by delivering a knockout performance by playing title lead in Neerja. She indeed fitted into the role like hand in a glove. Her most commendable performance till date.

          She proved herself with Neerja

          She proved herself with Neerja

          Fatima Sana Shiekh as Geeta Phogat

          (Dangal)

          Do you remember Kamal Hassan’s daughter in Chachi 420? The girl who played daughter grew up to become a charming lady who got rejected by several production houses for playing a lead role for years. Then she was not only cast as a lead, but a lead in an Aamir Khan production. Dangal became a launchpad for Fatima Sana Sheikh and launched her as a Star. She not only did justice to her role but also delivered a rocking performance. Hats off to her sheer dedication and hardwork that she shone like a diamond in the most lackluster non glamorous look. She stands a fair chance of getting nominated for best actress and best debut this year. We wish best of luck for her future.

          The girl who lived the character of 'Geeta Phogat'

          The girl who lived the character of ‘Geeta Phogat’

          This is our list for best performances this year that amazed us…


            We also have some honorable mentions, that were amazing.

            Salman Khan for Sultan

            Sushant Singh Rajput for M.S. Dhoni

            R Madhavan for Sala Khadoos

            Farhan Akhtar for Wazir

            Anushka Sharma for Sultan and Aye Dil Hai Mushkil

            Ritika Singh for Saala Khadoos

            Tapsee Pannu for Pink

            Priyanka Chopra for Jai Gangajal

             

             

Most Outstanding Performances of 2016

Most Outstanding Performances of 2016

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Either the films did not work or these roles were not the lead roles but these actors gave us some of the most memorable performances of the year 2016. Here are some actors who shone like gems in these movies and proved that good performances never go unnoticed. Here are some of the ladies and gentlemen whose performance are hard to forget in 2016.

  1. Rishi Kapoor as Amarjeet Kapoor

Kapoor and Sons- Since 1982

Remember Mr. Kapoor from Kapoor and Sons, for many viewers they did not realize that it was Rishi Kapoor until they saw credits of the movie. Rishi Kapoor as jolly and loving ‘Dadu’ who smoked a joint with his grandsons, flirted shamelessly with women around but cared for his family more than anyone else in the family, win A character that we loved and cared all year long and will stay in our memory forever.

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2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Raman/Raghav

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The movie may feel an uncomfortable ride for a lot of people but Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s complex character of a psychopathic killer was a winner performance all through the film. The film to me was a mere showreel of extraordinary Nawazuddin Siddiqui. It was his best performance of the year.

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3. Randeep Hooda as Sarabjeet

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The movie did not turn out as good as we had expected it to be, but one thing which stood out and made the movie watchable was Randeep Hooda’s performance in the title role of Sarabjeet. It was indeed his year’s best performance better than his role in Sultan and Do Lafzon ki Kahaani. Though Sarabjit could not survive but his performance made Sarabjeet immortal. It’s only Randeep Hooda after Aamir Khan who can physically transform himself into a character and we lost the Randeep on the screen.

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4. Diljeet Dosanjh as Sartaj Singh

Udta Punjab

It was his debut in Hindi Cinema, in a role was for him. Role fitted Diljeet like a hand in a glove. Not only did he prove that it was for his performance that he was crowned as the superstar of Punjabi Cinema but also stood at par in a pack of actors who delivered their life’s best performances in the same film, namely Shahid and Alia. Diljit is an actor to look forward to.

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5. Manoj Baajpai as Siras

Aligarh

Manoj Bajpai had three releases this year. Traffic was forgetful, but his roles in Budhiya Singh-Born to run and Aligarh was commendable. Especially in a grounded and dense character of Siras from the movie Aligarh, he became the strongest reason to watch the movie. The film may not have garnered all accolades and awards if you remove Mr. Bajpaai’s disappearing act where he literally becomes the synonym of loneliness and Pain as Dr. Siras.

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6. Fawad Khan as Rahul Kapoor

Kapoor and Sons – Since 1982

This was the time when Pakistani actors were doing Indian movies, and back then Fawad Khan stepped into a very unusual role probably that would have been rejected by many actors. This role was a gay writer who is elder son of the family. Not only did Fawad did this character but his pleasant persona made this role the most likable character in the movie. It needs a noticeable talent to stand out in the crowd of such great actors. (PS – You can hate us for putting him into this list, but we can’t help apart from being honest.)

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7. Krishh Chhabariya as Chhotu

Dhanak

A diehard fan of Salman, daredevil brat, and hero of the sweet movie Dhanak. You will surely recall Krish who played the role of a blind 9-year-old chhotu if you have watched Dhanak. Krish Chhabaria is definitely the best male child acts of the year 2016. He along with Hetal mounted a Nagesh Kokoonoor film on his shoulders and made it a treat to watch.

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8. Aparshakti Khurana as Omkar/k2j2

Dangal

And at last is Omkar, ‘Cloj kajin of Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat’ who the girls mocked upon as K2J2. In a tense atmosphere Aparshakti Khurana who also is the brother of Ayushman Khurana gave one of the most likable performances of the year. In a star cast of all competent actors, he stood as good as the rest and provided much needed comic relief to the movie when it needed it the most.

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And here are the ladies…

  1. Tabu as Begum

Fitoor

Fitoor was one of the colossal failures of 2016. Two elements of this movie were outstanding one was its storybook-like the feel and other was Begum. Soon as you say that name, you are bound to get goosebumps. Begum was the only character in an otherwise disappointing film that remained with us all year long. Last year Tabu did it with Haider and this year she proved it yet again that whatever you cast her into she will make that role worth watching out for.

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2. Anjali Patil as Zeenat

Mirzya

Well, the movie was slow and flopped badly at box office. It was the second biggest flop of 2016. The biggest flop being Mohen Jo Daro. But one girl shown in this lackluster film and everyone talked about her in the end. The audience may not feel pain on the death of Monish or Shuchi in the film but they did shed tears when Zeenat died on screen. Reason – Sheer Brilliant performance.

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3. Swara Bhaaskar as Chanda Sahay

Nil Battey Sannata

After watching Nil Battey Sannata you start to wish that Swara must get more poignant characters to play. The subtle performance and intensity she gave to the character of Chanda Sahay in the beautiful movie Nil Battey Sannata are worth a standing ovation. She is the Hero of the film and Heroine too, and she does both the jobs perfectly. It was one of the best acts of the year.

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4. Ratna Pathak Shah as Sunita Kapoor

Kapoor and Sons – Since 1932

She reminded us of our moms. Everything that she did, the way she acted is such a real-time performance. Her apt portrayal of a housewife was good that she should be definitely one of the prime contenders of the best-supporting actress trophies. Even if she doesn’t, it doesn’t matter to the audience, For audience she is one of the best.

 

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5. Hetal Gada as Pari

Dhanak

Pari is the leading lady of Dhanak. As we said earlier Hetal Gada is one of the rare kids who are able to pull off a Nagesh Kukoonoor film on her shoulders. Her intense portrayal of a loving sister is this year’s best child acts, worth watching out for.

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6. Shabana Azmi as Rama Bhanot

Neerja

‘She is just like my mother’, I heard many people say after they were finished watching Neerja. I do not know why and how does Shabana ji do it every time. Every time she plays a mother, it makes us feel as if she is just like our own mother, May it is Masoom or Lori or the recent Neerja. She is an amazing performer and yet again this year she proved it.

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7. Sanya Malhotra as Babita Phogat and Zaira Wasim as Geeta Phogat

Dangal

Dangal may have given stardom to Fatima Sana Sheikh as she played the lead along with Aamir Khan in the major part of the film, but the other girls were equally fabulous with whatever screen time they had in the movie. Sanya Malhotra has all the quality to be next poster girl of the Bollywood. Whereas Zaira Wasim has already got next movie as a lead in Aamir Khan’s Production named as “Secret Superstar”.

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