Best Bollywood Performances of 2016: Actors that Breathed Life and Soul into their Acts


Countless tears, inspiration, silent lump in our throats and fits of giggles. Rom-com, action thriller or melodrama, Bollywood movies give us several memorable experiences. However, there are a few performances that actually touch our souls and their effect lasts on our minds forever.

Here’s a recap of the most inspirational Bollywood performances of 2016. These actors will make you relive all those memories.

Randeep make our eyes water as we see Sarabjit undergoing torture at the hands of our neighbours while imprisoned in a jail.
Randeep make our eyes water as we see Sarabjit undergoing torture at the hands of our neighbours while imprisoned in a jail.
  1. Randeep Hooda in Sarabjit

The movie may not be a part of the multi-millionaire club but Sarabjit definitely strikes a chord in our hearts with his exceptional performances. The sentiments, dialogues and expressions put up by Randeep make our eyes water as we see Sarabjit undergoing torture at the hands of our neighbours while imprisoned in a jail.

The actor didn’t just work on his diction, but also lost up to 18 kg by starving himself for 28 days. From a stylish ‘Jaat munda’ to a helpless prisoner with unkempt looks, we saw a drastic change in Randeep’s appearance. Kudos to his dedication.

Bajpayee gave his finest performance in Aligarh.
Bajpayee gave his finest performance in Aligarh.
  1. Manoj Bajpayee in Aligarh

Though we’ve seen Manoj play Bhiku Mahatre in Satya and Sardar Khan in Gangs of Wasseypur, we believe Bajpayee gave his finest performance in Aligarh. A gay professor from AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) who fights for his rightful place in a conservative society appears sensitive, sublime and poignant in his role.

Shahid Kapoor seems to amaze us with his awesome performance in Udta Punjab.
Shahid Kapoor seems to amaze us with his awesome performance in Udta Punjab.
  1. Shahid Kapoor in Udta Punjab

Jab We Met, Kaminey, Haider and now Udta Punjab. Shahid Kapoor seems to amaze us with his vivid performances every time. Most actors don’t look convincing in serious roles, but this is not the case with Shahid. His helplessness, confusion, anger and penchant for drugs leaves us in an emotional state as we watch his struggle against addiction on the silver screen.

Sushant was by far the most brilliant actor of this year in Dhoni's biopic.
Sushant was by far the most brilliant actor of this year in Dhoni’s biopic.
  1. Sushant Singh Rajput in MS Dhoni: An Untold Story

Sushant was by far the most brilliant actor of this year in Dhoni’s biopic. This budding actor had invested so many efforts to put himself in veteran cricket actor’s role that he literally stalked MSD for several days to behave like him. Needless to say, his efforts showed colours and he nailed it with his unbeatable performance. We’ve no words to express the simplicity, emotion and spirit portrayed by him on screen.

Akshay Kumar as Rustom Pavri looks handsome in his Naval officer avatar.
Akshay Kumar as Rustom Pavri looks handsome in his Naval officer avatar.
  1. Akshay Kumar in Rustom

A decked up, smart Naval officer charged with killing his wife’s lover. Akshay Kumar as Rustom Pavri, brings K.M. Nanavati back to life. He kept his performance understated, choosing silence over words. Nevertheless, we saw him play the Commander to perfection– as a loyal officer at work, a caring husband, a cuckolded husband and a man defending himself in court.

So, these were epic performances by Bollywood stalwarts this year. We hope to see similar performances in future.