2018 Reflections: Top 5 female performances of the year


If anything 2018 has been a year of powerful performances by Bollywood’s talented actresses. There were many that managed to win the hearts of the audiences with their roles and their fantastic performances.

Although there are many female performances worthy of being in the list of top performances, BizAsiaLive.com has picked five female performances that can be considered as the best of 2018.

Alia Bhatt in ‘Raazi’
In a short span of time Bhatt has transformed from an actress, into a performer. Where some artists would not dare to try something too different in case it backfired on them Bhatt has experimented without a fear. Her performance in this film may be considered one of her best in years to come.

Sehmat (Bhatt) is a young student with a curious mind. Her father has little time left as he is suffering from an incurable illness. He has one last request from his daughter and that is that she continue to do the job that he had done his entire life and before him his father. The job is of a spy but in order to do this Sehmat has to be trained and then get married into an army family over the border.

It was a story of tension and immense courage, Bhatt had the audience on the edge of their seats constantly. To see how this young woman changes into a soldier who is fighting for her country was beyond unbelievable. It was surprising because one would never have envisioned Bhatt doing such a role but after seeing her performance one can’t think of anyone better to portray this character.

Deepika Padukone in ‘Padmaavat’
This particular film caused an out roar even before it had officially released. It was the story of a queen who was known for her mesmerising beauty and wise mind. One greedy Sultan wanted her all for himself but she too was stubborn and wouldn’t back down so easily. Padukone proved that she could stand strongly with her male co stars without being overshadowed by them once.

Her character wasn’t just a meek queen who sat in the palace adorning herself, waiting for her husband at every point and time. Padmavati (Padukone) had both beauty and brains, she was able to sit with her husband and give him advice in serious matters. This is something not really seen in past films as usually it is the men that make every decision and do as they seem fit but Maharawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) treated his wife with utmost respect and as his equal.

Padukone won hearts as she represented a powerful being who used her own judgement and dealt with every situation in a precise manner.

Rani Mukerji in ‘Hichki’
It was a long wait but when she returned she came with a bang. Mukerji played the role of a woman named Naina who wants to become a teacher and make a difference to the lives of young people. Other than finding a job her main obstacle is her Tourette’s. She herself has managed to accept that it is a part of her and she doesn’t let it affect her life. Even when she attends an interview and is questioned about her condition she manages to turn what seems like a negative point into a positive. It is her constant positivity that wins the hearts of others and the audience.

This isn’t just a story about a woman who has managed to find a way to deal with something that is a part of her but how she manages to teach others about her condition and she never lets it define her. Mukerji is a delight to watch as soon as she arrives she lights up the screen. Her performance showed a woman who doesn’t know the meaning of giving up, she will fight and won’t let the negativity of the people around her stop her.

Taapsee Pannu in ‘Manmarziyaan’
For Pannu this year has been one with a lot of variation in terms of role selection. From ‘Mulk’ which saw her play the role of a lawyer fighting for her clients rights the audience got to see her in ‘Soorma’ where she was a sports player.

In ‘Manmarziyaan’, Rumi (Pannu) is a free spirited young woman who acts upon her heart rather than worrying. For others she may seem like a rebel but really she tries to be honest especially when it comes to selecting a life partner and getting married.

Pannu was confident in her role showing so many colours with her character. Rumi was sarcastic, she was fearless and above all she lived her life carefree. She did as she pleased without a care of the world or about what society might say. From the past roles that Pannu has done this was something new and very unlike any role she had done beforehand. In fact Pannu was given a lot of appreciation for her role as Rumi.

Tabu in ‘Andha Dhun’
Tabu is an actress known for selecting her roles wisely and making sure that every film that she does is memorable.

When Tabu is first introduced to the audience one doesn’t expect there to be many layers to her character but as the story progresses one learns that not everything is what it seems. Simi (Tabu) is a housewife and is married to a yesteryears actor Pramod Sinha (Anil Dhawan) who is madly in love with both his wife and his life. One day his encounter with a fan who is musically gifted, ends up causing many problems for his wife in the future.

With time the audience gets to see Tabu’s character unfold and with it how cunning she really is. As always Tabu manages to blow the audience away with her bold performance. Just when the audience thinks they have begun to understand Simi and have a vague idea of what she might do next, they are pleasantly surprised to learn how wrong they are. This film will definitely be unforgettable thanks to Tabu’s spectacular performance.

So this was BizAsiaLive.com’s top five female performances of 2018. However, there are two more actresses that we feel deserve a special mention. One such name is Radhika Apte who has done some tremendous work this year. It is her association with the Netflix series ‘Sacred Games’ and ‘Ghoul’ that has earned her a lot of praise this year. Another name is Anushka Sharma who has done a number of interesting films this year from ‘Pari’ to ‘Sui Dhaaga’, ‘Sanju’ and last but not least ‘Zero’. Sharma has reinvented herself with every role and she has succeeded.

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