Female Actors Who Took On Unconventional And Strong Characters
From Konkana Sen Sharma to Saie Tamhankar; here are some of Bollywood’s most unconventional yet disruptive actors
The Indian film industry is full of underrated actors who shine when they get the right opportunities and stories. We list out some of Bollywood’s most unconventional yet disruptive actors in recent times.
Konkana Sen Sharma
Critically acclaimed for her work in Hindi and Bengali cinema, Konkana Sen Sharma is a multifaceted actor, writer, and director. With two National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards to her name, Konkana’s films include the likes of Life… In A Metro, Ek Je Aachhe Kanya (Bengali), Omkara, Fashion, Wake Up Sid, Lipstick Under My Burkha, A Death In The Gunj, Ajeeb Daastaans and The Rapist.
An actor par excellence, Kalki Koechlin’s performances are synonymous with critically acclaimed projects. Films like Shaitaan, That Girl In The Yellow Boots, Maragarita With A Straw, DevD, My Friend Pinto, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ek Thi Daayan and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Her recent theatrical hit Pondicherry was a prime example of how Saie has constantly broken the shackles of acting through path-breaking roles. One of the biggest superstars in Indian cinema, Saie Tamhankar’s extensive work as a pan-Indian actor spans languages, formats, platforms, scales, and shades. She has rightly been recognised as a versatile actor by critics, fans, and the industry alike. Her 14-year long-acting career has given us films like has films like Ghajini, Mimi, Pondicherry, and more. With her first web series Date with Saie, the actress set the trend for Marathi artists to get onto OTT.
With films like Dil Dhadakne Do, Darlings, Ajeeb Daastaans, Jalsa, Mohabattein, Karthik Calling Karthik, Gandhi My Father, and The Last Lear, Shefali Shah has always been a performer to watch out for.
At one point, Radhika became synonymous with Netflix, to the extent that the OTT giant even made memes around her. Gauging the potential of the medium quite early and delivering terrific performances, Radhika has been one of Bollywood’s most effortless actors. With films and shows like Sacred Games, Andhadhun, Pad Man, Badlapur, Lust Stories, Manjhi – The Mountain Man, Shor In The City, and Bazaar under her belt, Radhika has become a crowd and critic favourite.
A popular name in Hindi and Punjabi cinema, Divya Dutta has given us films like Manto, Traffic, Fanney Khan, Blackmail, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Badlapur, and Ragini MMS 2. Her performances in shows like Special Ops and Hostages were also much spoken about.
An award-winning name in Marathi and Hindi cinema, Amruta Subhash has been acclaimed especially for her performances in Gully Boy and Astu (Marathi). While she won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Gully Boy, she was also awarded a National Award in the same category for her performance in Astu. Other popular films and shows to her name include Dhamaka, Bombay Begums, and Sacred Games 2.
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