The Best Female Performances Of 2016 (January To June 2016)


The first-half of 2016 has witnessed some stellar performances from our Bollywood actresses. The audience has been treated to some amazing actresses bringing some memorable characters on screen. But there were certain actresses who stood out by the sheer impact they created in their roles. Alia Bhatt, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Kareena Kapoor Khan blew us away with their onscreen dramatics, which was more than expected from actors of their caliber. However, the first six months also offered a few surprise packages like Sonam Kapoor and Richa Chadha.


From cosmopolitan women to drug addicts to airhostesses to grieving wives and sisters, here are the best female performances of the year for January to June 2016:

Alia Bhatt in Udta Punjab:

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In a short career, Alia has confidently displayed her fantastic range time and again, and Udta Punjab is just the latest but probably the most-noteworthy feather in her cap. She didn’t simply portray her character, she literally lived and breathed it.


Sonam Kapoor in Neerja:

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Sonam Kapoor finally hit her stride with Neerja and showed the world the untapped potential lying hidden in her. In an ensemble cast of talented actors, Sonam held her own and made us connect with every emotion her character went through.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Sarbjit:

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With Sarbjit, Aishwarya Aishwarya got a meaty role after ages and she dug her teeth right into it, proving that she wasn’t done enthralling us just yet. We hope many such roles come her way in the future.


Richa Chadha in Sarbjit:

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If Aishwarya was the heart and soul of Sarbjit, then it was only because Chadha complemented her beautifully, with a silent, understated performance of her own. Chadha was so good that in some scenes you couldn’t notice anyone else.


Kareena Kapoor Khan in Ki & Ka:

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Sassy, saucy, and spicy as ever Kareena in Ki & Ka was the perfect cosmopolitan woman, with a slight difference, she had to come to terms with her stay-at-home husband. This modern-day role was tailor-made for amodern-day woman like Kareena, and she aced it like a pro.


Honorable Mention Shabana Azmi in Neerja:

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Legend is as legend does. Shabana was electrifying as Neerja’s mother, and reminded one and all why she’s one of our finest actresses ever. Even when she was required to be silent, she still spoke volumes.


Many great performances in the first half. Hope many more are still to come.

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