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
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.
Shahid Kapoor as Tommy Singh
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.
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.
Shahrukh Khan as Jug
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.
Akshay Kumar as 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.
Amitabh Bacchan as Deepak Sehgal
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.
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.
Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot
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.
Fatima Sana Shiekh as Geeta Phogat
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.
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