- Rajkumar Rao in Trapped
- Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sullu
- Vikrant Massey in A Death in the Gunj
- Ratna Pathak Shah in ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’
- Pankaj Tripathi in Newton
Rajkumar Rao in Trapped
Rajkumar Rao carried the entire film on his shoulders as the main storyline of the film was him being trapped into a locked house and his struggle to get out of there. The film plays on minimal interactions and peak conflict. Rajkumar Rao’s performance does total justice to how the story pans out. The film keeps you on the edge of the seat while putting you through a rollercoaster of emotions that you feel for his character, Shaurya. Isn’t that what a good acting performance is supposed to do to you anyway?
Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sullu
We’ve barely disliked any character that Vidya Balan has ever portrayed in her career, and the same goes for her latest, ‘Tumhari Sullu’. Her character Sulochana, a housewife, wins viewer’s hearts as she takes on a journey to find an identity for herself. The late bloomer takes on becoming a late-night RJ, a profession that’s only considered for the young, millennials of today. Vidya’s infectious charm coincides perfectly with her character thus giving us a power-packed, delightful performance that we’ll always love!
Vikrant Massey in A Death in the Gunj
From playing supporting roles in ‘Lootera’ and ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ to playing the lead in Konkona Sen’s ‘A Death in the Gunj’, Vikrant Massey’s career graph has surely been impressive! His plays Shutu, a scared, timid student who goes vacationing with his relatives to McCluskie Gunj. Throughout the film, Vikrant convincingly makes us feel sympathetic towards him as his relatives constantly pick on him for little things. His hesitancy and inability to convey things to his family throughout the film surely depicts a cry for help. The film is eerie and leaves the viewer feeling like giving Shutu a warm hug. We can’t wait to see more of him in 2018.
Ratna Pathak Shah in ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’
Ratna Pathak Shah undoubtedly treats acting as a fine art. In ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, her character is shown exploring her sexuality in the form of erotic novels and phone sex–all this at an older age. Ratna’s fearless approach towards this role normalises the whole taboo around sex and old age (especially women). It definitely was one of the best female Bollywood performances of the year!
Pankaj Tripathi in Newton
Bollywood is blessed with a lot of actors who stay away from mainstream drama and spotlight and choose to only let their work do all the talking for them, like Pankaj Tripathi. While Rajkumar Rao does complete justice to his character of Newton Kumar in India’s official entry to the Oscars - Newton, we want to stress on the stellar performance by Pankaj Tripathi (Atma Singh), who plays an army officer posted in the Chattisgarh. Pankaj Tripathi’s hostile equation with Rajkumar Rao in the film is something to look out for. Bollywood needs to appreciate performances like his more!
2017 has definitely been a fruitful year for Bollywood, and now we can’t wait to see what the much-awaited films of 2018 have in store for us!
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