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

             

             

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