They may not have the luxury of vanity vans and multi million dollar budgets, but that doesn’t mean they let their performances suffer. These indie actors have been part of some compelling films that have garnered international acclaim and we just can’t stop crushing on them.

Tillotama Shome


My Diwali was a happy one dancing till the wee hours of the morning, in this beautiful @raw_mango outfit! #happydiwali #gold

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You can catch her in Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut A Death In The Gunj. The film, set in the 1970s, premiered at the 41st Toronto International film festival.

Adil Hussain

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You may not see him play the lead roles often, but he makes a solid impact with whatever screen time he is given. Take for example his role in Parched, where Radhika Apte makes out with him just to prove her own child-bearing potency.   

Ali Fazal

We can’t wait to catch him in Victoria and Abdul, where he plays the role of Abdul Karim, an Indian Muslim attendant of Queen Victoria. The film is set to release on September 22, and is based on a book by Shrabani Basu.

Shashank Arora


Jaded. (Because a jade plant is creeping into the frame) Photo: @chandniarora

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This actor is hitting all the right buttons of likeability, and we loved his role in Titli. And in Brahman Naman, where he plays a sex-starved college boy in a film that everyone who’s ever had a taste of hostel life will love.    

Shweta Tripathi

If innocence was currency, Shweta Tripathi would be among the richest Indians comfortably. We can’t wait to catch those kind eyes on the big screen, and will certainly book our tickets for Haraamkhor (releasing on 13th January) in advance.