Over the last couple of years, a significant shift has been witnessed in the Indian cinema. While once it was believed that only a male star can turn a movie into a blockbuster, today this formula doesn’t exist anymore. Being at the forefront now, Bollywood actresses are taking up strong and meaty roles in order to be ultimate voice of change. Celebrating these powerful women, we list down 5 top actresses who stole the show with their knockout performances over the years.
1. YAMI GAUTAM
Ever since her dreamy Bollywood debut with ‘Vicky Donor’ in 2012, Yami Gautam has managed to strike the right chord with the audiences. In her career spanning over eight years, Yami has successfully established herself as one of the most versatile and talented actors in the industry today. The diva is being credited for various potent performances including ‘Kaabil (2017)’, ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)’, ‘Bala (2019)’ and her recent release ‘Ginny Weds Sunny (2020)’. Meanwhile, ready to take box-office by storm, Yami Gautam has 8 releases lined up this year. Taking a note of her recent performances, the diva seems to be in no mood to stop and continue surprising cinelovers with her breakthrough performances. Yami’s upcoming projects include spooky adventure comedy ‘Bhoot Police’, ‘Lapata’, ‘A Thursday’ and ‘Dasvi’.
2. PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS
Destiny’s favourite child and a celebrated name globally, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been breaking glass ceilings for the longest of time. Her global superstardom is proof that she’s unstoppable and why she enjoys a massive fanbase. In her two-decade long Bollywood career, Chopra has delivered several pathbreaking performances including ‘Aitraaz (2004)’, ‘Fashion (2008)’, ‘Kaminey (2009)’, ‘7 Khoon Maaf (2011)’, ‘Agneepath (2012)’, ‘Barfi! (2012)’, ‘Mary Kom (2014)’, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)’, ‘Bajirao Mastani (2015)’, ‘The Sky Is Pink (2019)’ and latest global release ‘The White Tiger (2021). The National and Filmfare Award winning actress will be next seen in ‘Matrix 4’, ‘Text For You’ and ‘Citadel’.
3. ALIA BHATT
Hailed as one of the most bankable new age actors in the industry today, Alia Bhatt is known to be a directors favourite. Over the years, Alia has delivered some extraordinary performances in her career. Right from Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway (2014), ‘Udta Punjab (2016)’ to Gauri Shinde’s ‘Dear Zindagi (2016), Meghna Gulzar’s ‘Raazi (2018) and Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Gully Boy (2019)’ – Bhatt has surprised both, the critics and the audiences with her every performance. After making her debut with ‘Student of the Year’ in 2012, the multi-talented actress has grown to become a household name in a span of just eight years. Her upcoming releases include Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, ‘Brahmastra’, S. S. Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ and Karan Johar’s ambitious project ‘Takht’.
4. ANUSHKA SHARMA
Known for always giving something new to the audiences, Anushka Sharma has time and again won hearts with author-backed roles. The actress who turned producer with ‘NH 10 (2015)’, one of her most impactful on-screen characters, has delivered various powerful performances including ‘Sultan (2016)’, ‘Sui Dhaaga (2018)’ and ‘Zero (2018)’. Anushka will be next seen in the biopic of the former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, Jhulam Goswami.
5. TAAPSEE PANNU
Think Taapsee Pannu and you know we are talking about a stellar performer. The Filmfare Award winning actress made a lot of noise with her 2020 release ‘Thappad’ which undoubtedly is her most potent performance. She is also known for her performance in films like ‘Saand Ki Aankh (2019)’, ‘Manmarziyaan (2018)’, ‘Mulk (2018)’ and ‘Pink (2016)’.
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ALIA BHATT CONSIDERS HER GRANDFATHER AN ‘INSPIRATION’
MUMBAI: Actor Alia Bhatt finds inspiration in her 93-year-old grandfather. Alia took to her Instagram and wished her grandfather a happy birthday by calling him her ‘inspiration’. “Happy 93 my inspiration. Love you gamps,” she wrote, adding a picture from the birthday celebration.
In the image, we can see Alia posing with her grandfather, mother Soni Razdan and sister Shaheen Bhatt.
Alia’s boyfriend and actor Ranbir Kapoor along with his mother Neetu Kapoor and sister Riddhima Kapoor Sahni, too, made presence at the occasion. Riddhima has posted a string of images on her Instagram from the low-key birthday party.
“With the birthday boy #93andfabulous,” Riddhima captioned one of the images, which was photobombed by Ranbir.
Actor Soni Razdan dedicated an emotional note to her father on his birthday.
“Daddy has turned 93 years young today ! The best story teller to children in the world .. he used to make them up as he went along .. and we even had a series called Neelam and Gagan .. which he regaled my sis and me with in weekly instalments ; a prolific badminton and snooker player in the olden days; a good bridge player and now an avid golfer ( yes he still plays) apart from being an architect who still practices ! (designed Chitrakoot and Woodlands) the list is endless and so is his boundless energy, enthusiasm and ability to tell the most hilarious jokes with full character renditions. “ Many of the talents we possess in the family we get from him. Happy Birthday darling daddy. You make us all proud,” she added.
KIARA ADVANI’S SULTRY PHOTOS FROM DABBOO RATNANI’S 2021 CALENDAR UNVEILED
NEW DELHI: Images from Kiara Advani’s hattrick shot for Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar was on Wednesday unveiled by the photographer, who revealed shots of the ravishing beauty against a beach backdrop.
Posing amid the sand, Kiara looks alluring in her third ever calendar picture for Dabboo Ratnani. The actor previous photoshoot for Dabboo’s calendar last year had created an uproar. The Fashion photographer revealed the shots on an Instagram live before the launch saying, fans poured in their requests and enquired for Kiara’s picture the most. Kiara also regarded this year’s picture as her most favourite amongst the three.
The ‘Kabir Singh’ actor made her debut on Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar in 2019, wearing an embellished blue jean jacket. Last year, Kiara’s shot for Daboo’s calendar created headlines settings the internet ablaze for posing with just a leaf. This is the third time in a row, that Kiara has shot for the calendar. Having recently clocked seven years in Bollywood, Kiara Advani is gearing up for the release of ‘Shershaah’, post which the actress will be seen in ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, ‘Jug Jugg Jeeyo’ and Shashank Khaitan’s untitled next amongst others.
NUSHRRATT BHARUCCHA’S SINGLE ‘SAIYAAN JI’ CROSSES 400 M VIEWS ON YOUTUBE
NEW DELHI: Nushrratt Bharuccha ’s first ever single Saiyaan Ji has crossed the 400 million view mark and the actress shares, “Saiyaan Ji crossing the 400 million views mark is a truly special moment for me. And for so many reasons! Honey Singh Sir and I have always had a great run with all the film songs we’ve collaborated on so far, but to also cross this huge milestone with our very first single together means the world to me!” She continues “This is such a special collab as, unlike in a mainstream film, in a single, we really cannot draw from the character we’re playing in the film. A single has an altogether unique narrative and style of shooting and, for an artiste, it’s so exciting to slip into the skin of someone almost unfamiliar.
I can only whole-heartedly thank and give all the credit to Honey Sir and his creative team for the magic in the song!” The song marked 4th collaboration of Honey Singh and Nushrratt.
WHEN SHAH RUKH KHAN AND PRIYAMANI PLAYED KBC, SHE WON RS 300
MUMBAI: The Family Man actor Priyamani once shared the screen with ‘Badshah’ of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan. The two matched steps in Rohit Shetty’s 2013 film Chennai Express in the song “1 2 3 4 Get on the Dance Floor”. Like many who have worked with SRK, Priyamani also feels he is “an absolute sweetheart” and a “sweet guy” who makes one feel comfortable. Priyamani reached the sets of Chennai Express a day in advance, and from that time she built a good rapport with Shah Rukh. They even played Kaun Banega Crorepati on his iPad, which led to her winning Rs 300 that she still has in her wallet. The game show, KBC, is hosted by Amitabh Bachchan but Shah Rukh also hosted its third season.
“Right from that time till the time we finished the shoot, he has been an absolute sweetheart. He has taken care of all of us so well. So much so, that in between, we played Kaun Banega Crorepati on his iPad. He gave me Rs 300, which I still have with me in my wallet. He just makes you feel comfortable. He is such a sweet guy and as I said, he is one of the biggest superstars we have in our country,” the 37-year-old actor told Zoom. The actor was mighty impressed with SRK’s dedication to his work as well. She revealed how King Khan practised the dance steps a day in advance and also used the breaks in between the shots to make his steps better.
MY EQUITY IS MAINLY DUE TO SUCCESS OF MY SOCIAL ENTERTAINERS: AYUSHMANN
NEW DELHI: Ayushmann Khurrana’s equity has been soaring since the past few years as he delivered eight back to back hits in theatres. His booming credibility with inclusive, conversation-starting social entertainers in India has made him one of the most sought-after brand endorsers in the country. Now, Ayushmann has been roped in to be the face of a mobile phone brand. As we all know, mobile phones and banking are two sectors that thrive on credibility of the artist to become the face. Recently, mobile phone brands have signed on superstars like Robert Downey Jr. and Virat Kohli. When asked about if Ayushmann could decode what makes him so brand friendly, he candidly says, “Whatever my equity is today, is mainly due to the success of my social entertainers which have made me connect to the people of India. These films have told people who I am, how I think and what my intent is as an entertainer.”
SHRADDHA KAPOOR TURNS INVESTOR WITH BEAUTY BRAND
MUMBAI: Actor Shraddha Kapoor known for her emotive performances on the big screen has turned investor with a beauty brand. The actor not only decided to endorse the brand but also became an investing partner in the company. On being asked on what led to this development she mentioned that she deeply resonated with the brand’s clean beauty formulations and cruelty-free promise as that is something she feels passionately about.
She went on to say “I’m really excited to be the face of MyGlamm and also have the opportunity to invest in it. The DTC beauty market is growing rapidly and I believe it is the future. Through the brand, I hope to understand and fulfil the beauty needs of my fans and followers.” Shraddha joins a number of Bollywood stars who have strategically invested in emerging businesses across various sectors.
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