Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar, 2011
When we often consider that Bollywood movies are just about songs, dance and masala based storyline without any freshness or creativity, there comes a movie that changes it all. The 2011 musical drama film, Rockstar directed by Imtiaz Ali starring Ranbir Kapoor as the main lead who plays the Rockstar was such a movie that shows brilliant direction, beautiful scenes, passionate acting and above all soulful music. Ranbir Kapoor gave in everything to get into Rockstar image learning guitar lessons, long hairs etc. His portrayal of Jordan was by far his best performance which not only won critics all over but also many film awards that year including Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
Irrfan Khan in Paan Singh Tomar, 2010
Its very rare that a non-commercial low budget biographical film emerges as super-hit both at Box Office and among the critics. Paan Singh Tomar released in 2012 did just that building hopes for new age cinema that looks beyond formula movies. The majority of the credit for the movie’s success goes to Irrfan Khan who plays the title character, an Army man and an Indian athlete who becomes a dacoit out of dire consequences. As it is a biopic, the character demanded realistic approach and who could have played it better than currently one of the best actors in the country. The portrayal of Paan Singh Tomar also earned Irrfan Khan his first National Film Award as Best Actor.
Vidya Balan in Kahaani, 2012
Kahaani is one of those mystery thriller movies which binds the suspense of the movie till the end. A lot of credit goes to the direction by Sujoy Ghosh but the direction couldn’t set the magic unless the actors justify the characters as demanded. Vidya Balan plays Vidya Bagchi, a pregnant woman searching for her missing husband in Kolkata and justifies the role demands perfectly. Vidya Balan received many accolades and eventually won Best Actress awards at major award shows of the year.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Gangs of Wasseypur 2, 2012
From a nobody in the Aamir Khan starring Sarfarosh to a main lead in the 2012 Indian Crime film Gangs of Wasseypur 2, Nawazuddin Siddique has come a long way as an actor. Mostly regarded as a modern cult film, Gangs of Wasseypur franchise was centered on coal mafia of Dhanbad and required realistic actors who can blend in as the characters. Nawazuddin as Faizal set new standards of acting with quirky punch lines and natural approach. The film also got him special jury award at 60th National Film Awards.
Kangana Ranaut in Queen, 2013
Kangana Ranaut is one of the most underrated Bollywood actress who is not offered challenging roles more often. However, she has shown her prowess as a quality actress in movies like Gangster, Tanu Weds Manu and most recently in Queen. Her portrayal of innocent Punjabi girl who even after her marriage is called off hasn’t given up on her honeymoon. She manages the trip on her own and in the meanwhile rediscovers herself. Kangana Ranaut won many accolades and awards for playing the character of Rani so naturally.
Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, 2014
Success is the outcome of hard work and discipline. This was yet again proved by Farhan Akhtar who played “The Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh in his biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag very successfully putting in every inch of effort left in him. The scenes where he is training for the Olympics are totally inspiring and encouraging for modern athletes and youngsters. Although Farhan Akhtar is known for his versatility, he raised his own bar after Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. The film also earned him many awards including the Best Actor award at the 59th Filmfare Awards.
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