Bollywood is embracing change and it’s all for the better. With women taking the lead on the screen, here are some actors who have stunned us
2022 has already seen a number of mind-blowing on-screen performances by Bollywood’s leading ladies. Women have been leading the race across the Indian cinematic landscape for a while now but these performances are definitely a great sign that this trend is here to stay. Here are some actors who have delivered a performance par excellence and set the screens on fire.
Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical film based on the life of the eponymous mafia queen and brothel owner. Alia Bhatt plays the larger-than-life character and has received critical acclaim for her performance in the film. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie also stars Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Seema Pahwa and Indira Tiwari. The story takes us through the life of young Ganga who is tricked into prostitution, but in no time time goes on to mark her own territory and becomes Gangubai — a madame in the red-light area of Kamathipura. The film has been produced by Bhansali Productions and Pen India Limited.
South Indian cinema has grown leaps and bounds with it reaching audiences across India, and when talking about the best women-led performances of 2022, how can we not talk about Aditi Rao Hydari in Hey Sinamika!? With all the praise and acclaim being directed at Aditi, it is safe to say that the powerhouse performer has walked away with the lion’s share of the appreciation. Giving us a different angle on love, the versatile actress is seen playing Mouna, who has had enough of her stay-at-home husband and takes the bold decision of filing a divorce. And Mouna has become an instant fan favourite and a hit with critics. The industry is also abuzz, praising Aditi’s performance.
Stealing the show in the romantic drama, Deepika Padukone as Alisha is a treat to the eyes. Co-starring Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Pandey, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor, and Dhairya Karwa, the film has received polarising opinions from critics, fans, and the industry. However, one thing they all agree upon in this Shakun Batra directorial is that Deepika’s performance was outstanding.
A Thursday has garnered massive viewership within a few days of its release on OTT, owing to Yami Gautam’s impressive performance. The actress left the critics, audience and the industry stumped with her effortless transition from an endearing kindergarten teacher to a poker-faced captor. She has been receiving unanimous love for her role in A Thursday.
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