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Top 5 Underrated Performances from Bollywood in 2016

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Written by Mansi Gupta

2016 turned out to be a good year for Bollywood. From Sultan to Airlift and Neerja to Dangal, we have got some record-breaking blockbusters this year. While the leading stars got most of the limelight and praise, there were many others who impressed with their quiet brilliance, even in small supporting roles. Their roles may not have been lengthy, but they still managed to grab the eyeballs and earn acclaim. As the year comes to end, let’s look at 5 best Supporting performances of 2016.

1. Richa Chadha in Sarabjit

While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Randeep Hooda went away with much of praise and accolades for Sarabjit, Richa Chadha was one actor who won viewers’ hearts with her controlled and internalized role of Sukhpreet Kaur, Sarabjit’s wife in the film. She impressed the audience with her short but brilliant performance.

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2. Ratna Pathak Shah in Kapoor & Sons: Since 1921

Ratna Pathak Shah is one of the finest actresses of Hindi films. In Kapoor & Sons, she played the role of long-suffering wife and an ethnically diverse mother of two sons, Fawad Khan and Siddharth Malhotra. She stole the show with her restrained yet terrific performance.

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3. Shabana Aazmi in Neerja

Sonam Kapoor was superb in Neerja, but it was Shabana Aazmi as her mother in the film, who impressed us with her strong performance in the film. The scene from the movie where she is addressing the crowd gathered at her daughter’s funeral, with the body in front of her, as she holds back tears and is conflicted between being public strength and private weakness, is perhaps one of the best cinematic moments of the year!

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4. Kirti Kulhari as Falak Ali in Pink

Pink is undoubtedly one of the most appreciated movies of the year. While as expected Amitabh Bachchan was just fabulous in the film and Tapsee Pannu surprised us with her performance, it was Kirti Kulhari, playing Falak Ali in the film who stood out with her quiet brilliance. We want to see more of her in Bollywood, for sure!

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5. Diljit Singh Dosanjh in Udta Punjab

Diljit is a known face in Punjabi films, but this was the first time he acted in a mainstream Bollywood film and his unpretentious acting skills won over hearts. While Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt stole the show in Udta Punjab, Diljit Dosanjh impressed in his role as a cop.

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About the author

Mansi Gupta

A passionate reader, an avid traveler, a day dreamer and a “self-proclaimed biggest fan” of Game of Thrones.

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