From rising stars earning their first big break to some of the finest actors proving their prowess and versatility, the past one year have seen some noteworthy performances that left a mark. These characters defied the stereotype, blazed the trail and proved to be game-changing for the actors who essayed them to the T. Here are some of the most acclaimed performances from movies and web shows that we watched over the last year:
From Fukrey to Chhichhore, Varun Sharma has been known for his impeccable comic timing. The actor has once again impressed the audience with his performance in Roohi, another game-changer for him, which released recently. With the film, he has clearly taken his comedy game several notches higher. His one-liners have left the audience in splits and what has further captured the attention of the audience is his North Indian lingo, mannerisms and body language and his red hair has perfectly added to the quirkiness of his character.
Adarsh Gourav marked his debut as a lead actor with Ramin Bahrani’s The White Tiger, a project which gave him instant global recognition. The actor recently bagged a BAFTA nomination in the category of leading actor for his performance in the film. His journey from a loyal servant to a master and endearing performance has put him under the spotlight. Portraying the role of Balram Halwai, he slipped under the skin of his character with aplomb that has left everyone marvelling at his craft.
The theatre and film actor, who carved a niche for himself in the Gujarati entertainment circuit, made his foray into the digital world with Scam 1992 based on the life of financial maven, Harshad Mehta. His portrayal of a stock broker who starts out as a salesman and goes on to become a financial Czar in the money market was immensely appreciated and made him an overnight sensation. He has emerged as one of the most promising and sought-after actors.
Laila Majnu might be her claim to fame, but it was Bulbbul that released last year which cemented Tripti Dimri as a powerhouse performer. A victim of child marriage, she is seen into transforming into a fairy who takes divine revenge against male oppressors and predators. The film proved to be a breakthrough project for her. The poise and grit with which she played the part won her raving reviews. Needless to say, her Bulbbul remains one of the finest performances of 2020.