The year 2018 has been good for Bollywood, whether it be business or content. Right from January, thanks to Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone's Padmaavat, to Ayushmann Khurrana staring Badhaai Ho in October; It has been a remarkable year for the Hindi film industry. And while many things come together to make a movie successful, one of the main selling points of a movie is the actors. Here are some of the actors who stood out with their performances.
How can you even think of making a list of best actors in 2018 and not including Vicky's name in it? And that too at the top. From making Netflix's love stories and love per square foot, to making his presence felt with the Alia Bhatt movie Raazi, Vicky has been hard to ignore. And then he rounded off the year with Rajkumar Hirani's Sanju and Anurag Kashyap's Manmarziyaan.
In Raazi, which was mainly an Alia movie, Vicky made the audience sit and mark his charming, sweet and jazz-loving army man Iqbal Syed. In Sanju, the actor played the best friend of Sanjay Dutt, Kamli, who was ready to give up everything for his close friend. Vicky has been able to stay in a variety of roles; be it the impulsive and responsible shirking Vicky Sandhu of Manmarziyaan, or the ignorant and naive Paras of Karan Johar's Lust Stories.
After Vicky close to his heels, of course, is the only Dilli da Munda & Ayushmann, who has dominated the cashier's office with two back-to-back successful and content-driven films Badhaai Ho and Andhadhun.
While in Sriram Raghavan's Andhadhun, Ayushmann claimed a blind pianist's action trapped in the midst of a murder; in the family drama Badhaai Ho, the actor returned with what he did best – playing the imperfect young man from Delhi who is equally devoted and entertained by his family.
Pankaj Tripathi, slowly but surely, has managed to get everyone to sit and notice him, thanks to his beliefs. And 2018 has been good for him, what about Stree and Rajinikanth staring Kaala doing waves across the country.
In Kaala, actor Inspector Pankaj played Patil; a man who has loyalty to the scurvy Hari Dhadha but who could not help but be in awe of Rajinikanth's caricature. The balance of his expression and the ease with which Pankaj played the character showed the audience what they needed to know from Inspector Patil. And of course Pankaj traveled the bar higher with the horror comedy Stree, where he set up the role of a paranologist.
Rajkummar had a fantastic 2017 and his successes continued well into 2018, due to films like Stree and Love Sonia. Of course he also gave the audience Fanney Khan and Omerta. While the last two movies may not have raked in the moolah, one cannot take away from Rajkummar's performance. Saying that Rajkummar is immersing himself in everything he reads like old news now.
Manoj Bajpayee made a total of six films in 2018 alone-Aiyaary, Baaghi 2, Missing, Satyameva Jayate, Gali Guleiyan and Love Sonia. It alone in this day and age is a commendable achievement in itself, but he traveled the line with his multitude of roles. While Baaghi 2 and Satyameva Jayate were till hits; Gali Guleiyan and Love Sonia showed us the true caliber of Manoj as an actor. In Gali Guleiyan, Manoj saved the day as Khuddoos, who is caught not only physically but also psychologically in the recess of his own mind.
Irrfan had two releases this year – Challenge and Karwaan. Both films are as diverse as chalk and cheese. While Chantage was a thriller, Karwaan, who also featured Bollywood beginners Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar, was a drunkard. Despite a talented cast, Karwaan survived as long as it did, thanks to Irrfan, both in the bookshop and in the story. The lighter moments of Karwaan were those who lifted the film from the depth of boredom.
Varun Dhawan had an eventful 2018. While Sui Dhaaga turned out to be the box's success, October managed to spread film magic through some original, thought-provoking and emotional storytelling.
Varun was especially amazing in Shoojit Sircar October. The actors' portrayal of Dan was the right mix of sensitive, fragile and the powerful, inexplicable love that has the intensity of shaking a person to their roots. A job well done.
Ranbir Kapoor performed only in Rajkumar Hirani's blockbuster Sanju in 2018. But that was enough. While the film and the filmmaker had to face ridicule to try to whitewash Sanjay Dutt's picture in the bio-whisper, but the notion of the gang was appreciated by the audience as well as the critics. And not without reason.
From the pure physical to "being" Sanjay Dutt to embodying shades of the movie star, Ranbir really pushed the envelope for himself and for the film as a whole.
After claiming many controversies, Padmaavat finally made it to the big screen, delayed, though it may have been. Sanjay Leela Bhansali broke the box office registering as no business as it raked in Rs 302.15 crore.
One thing viewers couldn't stop quick about was Ranveer Singh's portrayal of Alauddin Khalji. While the movie and script could have taken movie rights, the fact that Ranveer stole the show was a point that no one missed.
Mulk's lawyer Murad Ali Mohammed was a force to count on. At one time vulnerable, beaten by social prejudices and yet strong enough to believe in their own convictions. A complex, humane character depicted with complete understanding of the world he was a part of Rishi.
In 102 Outside, Rishi was durable as the Greek and persistently dissatisfied Babulal Vakharia, giving the younger lot a run for their money.