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.



2. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Raman/Raghav

Raman Raghav 2.0

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.



3. Randeep Hooda as Sarabjeet


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.




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.



5. Manoj Baajpai as Siras


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.



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.)



7. Krishh Chhabariya as Chhotu


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.



8. Aparshakti Khurana as Omkar/k2j2


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.





And here are the ladies…

  1. Tabu as Begum


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.



2. Anjali Patil as Zeenat


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.



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.



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.




5. Hetal Gada as Pari


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.



6. Shabana Azmi as Rama Bhanot


‘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.



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


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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Movie Buff. Yohaann is a film critic with Jagran Prakashan Limited. He has been associated with Print and TV media as a branding professional. Presently he is a screenwriter trying to bring in some good scripts up for Bollywood. At Scriptors he works as a writer and handles business development.
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