1. Rajkummar Rao for Trapped
Although one would expect Rajkummar Rao to be nominated for the now Oscar nominated movie Newton, his performance in Trapped earlier in the year was exceptional. The literalness of the situation of being trapped in a high-rise apartment and going through an audacious survival drama was simply something else and one that Bollywood hadn’t seen before. The one man show that is Rajkummar Rao in Trapped deserves a nomination for Best Actor at IIFA.
2. Pankaj Tripathi in Newton
Source – Indian Express
Although Pankaj Tripathi wasn’t exactly the lead character in Newton, he did play a crucial role in the film. He essayed the role of Assistant Commandant Aatma Singh, who believes that he is in fact the ‘hero’ of his morally ambiguous environment. He assists the government clerks on Election duty in the Naxal controlled regions of Chattisgarh. He is egotistical and sarcastic, but there is even more to it than meets the eye which audiences find out towards the very end, which is why he should be nominated as well.
3. Ratna Pathak Shah in Lipstick Under My Burkha
Buaji is the character portrayed by the veteran actor in LUMB who is a matriarch and is still discovering herself despite her ripe old age. It is the kind of character that has seldom been seen in Bollywood. She is seen getting turned on by an erotic novel and initiates torrid anonymous phone sex with a Jatt toyboy. She makes us think about our grandparents and other elders getting older, wondering what goes on in their minds.