Amol Palekar in Golmaal, 1979
Gol Maal was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Amol Palekar in the lead role with Utpal Dutt, Bindya Goswami, Deven Verma and Dina Pathak in supporting roles. Hrishi Da’s magic worked while displaying a cute love story with fun, humor and full of laughter. The brilliant acting performance of Amol Palekar as Ram Prasad and Laxman Prasad also fetched him the Filmfare Best Actor award.
Naseeruddin Shah in Sparsh (Touch), 1980
Naseeruddin Shah is considered as the most versatile actors of all time. Although, he is not as popular as Mr. Amitabh Bachchan or labelled as a superstar, Naseer sahab has contributed a lot to the Indian cinema by displaying his acting brilliance in the art film industry. His best performance however can be witnessed in the 1980 film, Sparsh where he plays a visually impaired Principal of a blind school. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his acting in the movie.
Rekha in Umrao Jaan, 1981
Yet another women centric movie that stars Rekha in the leading role, Umrao Jaan may not have pleased the crowd but it did receive applause from real cinema lovers. Rekha as Umrao Jaan was praised a lot that she went on to play similar roles in some blockbuster movies of the 80s paired opposite to Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Rekha also won her first and only National Film Award for Acting in Umrao Jaan.
Anupam Kher in Saaransh, 1984
At the age of 28, Anupam Kher entered the Bollywood industry from the 1984 Hind film, Saaransh in which he successfully portrayed the role of a 60+ stubborn retired old man who lost his only son and now making amends with his life. The way he displayed the anger and pain through his character, he acclaimed praises from critics all over for his mature acting in his debut film. The film also won him his first and only Filmfare Best Actor award.
Kamal Hassan in Saagar, 1985
Saagar is a 1985 Hindi film directed by Ramesh Sippy starring Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia and Kamal Hassan in the lead roles. Although Kamal Hassan is the loser in the love triangle film between the three leads, he steals the show with his subtle performance, he shows the true Pain of getting friendzoned. The range of his acting brilliance can be measured by the fact that he was nominated for Filmfare in both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories for playing the same character. Eventually, he won Filmfare Best Actor award that year.
Smita Patil in Mirch Masala, 1987
A list of top performances from Bollywood movies is incomplete without the inclusion of versatile actors from art cinema. One such brilliant performance comes from Smita Patil in 1987 Hindi film, Mirch Masala directed by Ketan Mehta where she plays a village girl named Sonbai. Her performance in the movie was also listed among Forbes Top 25 Acting Performances in Indian Cinema.
Dimple Kapadia in Rudali, 1993
Yet another versatile actor who did well both in commercial cinema as well as art cinema was Dimple Kapadia. While she was known for her glamorous roles in Saagar and Jaanbaaz, she also gave her best performances in realistic movies like Rudali. Playing the character of Shanichari who was abandoned by her widow mother, she goes on to win the National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.