New Delhi: 2021 was an incredibly challenging year for the film industry but some great content and stellar performances grabbed the attention of the audience. These actors really stood out from the crowd with their stellar performances and bold career choices ushering in a new era in cinema. Here’s a look at the successful actors of 2021:
Kartik Aaryan in Dhamaka – With his childish charm, humor and relatability, Kartik Aaryan had already won hearts in the romantic-comedy genre but with his latest release this year, the actor made a surprising change in his choice of roles with ‘Dhamaka’ Did. The talented actor proved his versatility in the tough drama and introduced the audience to a new side of his acting prowess. He not only gave the best performance of his career but also gave one of the best performances of the year.
Kriti Sanon in mimic – Truly the Artist of the Year, Kriti Sanon played a surrogate mother early in her career; A bold risk that paid off and how! The young superstar not only rocked the film and enthralled critics and audiences about his performance in ‘Mimi’ but also carried a sensitive concept of surrogacy on his shoulders. The film did for her what ‘Raazi’ did for Alia Bhatt and ‘Piku’ did for Deepika Padukone.
Vicky Kaushal in Udham – to make us believe that there is a revolutionary within all of us, Vicky Kaushal Gave us another composed, mature and yet a compelling performance in ‘Sardar Udham’. The actor pulled off this patriotic, exquisite and gritty film with full enthusiasm.
Tara Sutaria in Tadapi – If there was one name that mesmerized us with her sheer screen presence, it was Tara Sutaria. The young actress perfectly justified her role in a mainstream commercial film like ‘Tadap’.
Nushrratt Bharuccha in Chhorii Nushrat Bharucha had a good year first with ‘Azeeb Dastaan’, for which she was nominated in the Best Actress category at the Asian Content Awards at Busan International Film Festival and then with ‘Chori’. The film was a turning point in his career as he stepped out of his comfort zone and took the film forward with an important message. ‘Chhori’ made many realize that the time has come for us to start recognizing Nushrat as a skilled actor.
Vidya Balan in lioness With a relentlessly frozen patriarchy, Vidya Balan fights tooth and nail for her belief in ‘The Lioness’. The actress made an impact even in dramatic silence by standing out.
Fatima Sana Shaikh in funny tales Fatima has always been a versatile actress, but her nuanced portrayal in the anthology ‘Azeeb Dastaan’ cements her status as one of the finest actors in the country. The actress also made an impact in the silent break and was lauded for another stellar performance.
Abhishek Banerjee in strange story, untold story and Rashmi Rocket Abhishek Banerjee was celebrated in a powerful role on the OTT platform for ‘Ajeeb Dastaan’ and ‘Untold Story’ and later with ‘Rashmi Rocket’. The actor is already being hailed as a young Pankaj Tripathi by his fans.
Sohum Shah in Maharani– ‘Tumbad’ fame actor Sohum Shah stepped into Maharani as a politician Bhim Bharti, a powerful yet extremely complex character. Interestingly, he gave an unconventional performance of a character based on Lalu Prasad Yadav. Soham proved that one need not imitate Bihari mannerisms or colloquialisms, and can still deliver a powerful performance in an original style.
Vijay Verma in OK Computer – Vijay Varma plays Sajjan Kundu, an ‘angry young geek’, a cyber-cell officer, in Anand Gandhi’s science-fiction satire. After his stellar performance in the 2019 film ‘Gully Boy’, he impressed the audience with his performances in web series like ‘A Suitable Boy’, ‘She’ and ‘Mirzapur 2’.
Ideal Pride in The White Tiger – ‘The White Tiger’ was the key to ideal glory in the world of cinema. He was awarded IMDB’s Breakout Starmeter Award for the film and it won him the drama series ‘Extrapolations’, where he shared the screen with the legendary Meryl Streep and David Schwimmer.
Farhan Akhtar in Toofaan Farhan Akhtar, the force behind ‘Toofan’, brought up everything from the boxing sequences to the emotional scenes that needed vulnerability. The actor went right under the character’s skin and underwent a physical transformation for the role; Not just playing ‘Hurricane’ but becoming one.
The Family Man 2. in Manoj Bajpayee – Like most of his cinematic efforts, Manoj Bajpayee beats the rest in ‘The Family Man 2’. The actor enthralled the audience with his fast paced and comic sequence. Formidable and magnetic, Manoj Bajpayee retains the title of being one of the best actors ever!
Kay Kay Menon Special Ops 1.5. In – Kay Kay Menon gave another great performance in ‘Special Ops 1.5’. The actor knocks it out of the park as he weaves his way through dirty politics, red tape and poker-faced poker in his signature swag.
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