The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014

Updated: December 29, 2014 09:12 IST

From a tragic seductress in snowy but blood-spattered Kashmir to a bootylicious not-quite-widow in balmy Goa, 2014 was a year of acclaimed performances, some of which were unexpected.

The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
From a tragic seductress in snowy but blood-spattered Kashmir to a bootylicious not-quite-widow in balmy Goa, 2014 was a year of acclaimed performances, some of which were unexpected.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Tabu in Haider: The actress delivered one of her finest performances as Ghazala, 'half-widow' and troubled mother, torn between her missing husband, scheming brother-in-law and innocent son in Vishal Bhardwaj's take on Shakespeare's Hamlet. By turns sensual, pitiful, calculating and courageous, Tabu was, quite simply, breathtaking. And heartbreaking.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Kangana Ranaut in Queen: Kangana swept the entire nation off its feet as Rani from Rajouri, a sheltered bride-to-be jilted by her fiance. She leaves suburban Delhi for Paris and Amsterdam on a solo honeymoon, looking for adventure and finding her identity. A pitch-perfect Kangana, wearing cardigans over her wedding finery, breezed through a difficult role.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom: If Magnificent Mary captured the nation's imagination and its collective heart, so did Priyanka's portrayal of her journey from rustic tomboy to international prizefighter. To play the Olympic medal-winning boxer, Priyanka trained in punishing weather and filmed scenes that required extreme endurance.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Dimple Kapadia in Finding Fanny: Homa Adajania's quirky comedy was crowded with memorable characters like Rosie, the widowed (or so she gave out), bossy local fixer in a sleepy Goan village. Inseparable from her narcoleptic cat and swinging a supersized derriere, Rosie may have become a shrill insufferable bully in hands less competent than those of Dimple Kapadia.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Madhuri Dixit in Dedh Ishqiya: Dedh Ishqiya, one of the year's most underrated films, was brought to life by Madhuri's captivating performance as the widowed Begum Para who decides to remarry and is wooed by a wily politician and a thief-turned nawab. Playful, charming and endearing, Madhuri lit up the screen each moment she was on it.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Alia Bhatt in Highway: Eyebrows were raised when Imtiaz Ali cast the Student of the Year as a poor little rich girl but they didn't remain raised for long. Alia took the road less travelled, but hit a milestone with her performance as Veera, kidnapped just days ahead of her wedding, who falls in love with her kidnapper. Her fresh, natural performance will have put her on most Best Actress nominee lists this award season.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Naseeruddin Shah in Finding Fanny: Oddball postman Ferdie, hapless but endearing, takes a road trip in search of a long lost love. On the way, amid a series of adventures and mishaps, he finds friendship, companionship and self-reliance.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Randeep Hooda in Highway: This was Randeep's year to shine, taking on a role that treaded a fine line between dark and light. As Mahabir, the hardened criminal with a scarred psyche who kidnaps a rich girl for ransom only to fall hopelessly in love with her, Randeep delivered one of the most deftly executed performances Bollywood has seen recently.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Shahid Kapoor in Haider: Hamlet is a role that few actors have failed to make the most of. In what could be a career-best performance, Shahid played Kashmiri student-turned-militant Haider with finesse, balancing action with inaction; at times manic, at times reposeful; agonising over loyalty to his father and love for his adulterous mother, and contemplating death - both his own and of his usurper uncle.
The Year in Movies: Top 10 Performances of 2014
Aamir Khan in PK: 2014's last big release may turn out to be its biggest hit. Aamir delivers a film a year but usually makes up in quality what he lacks in quantity. As the big-eared, bug-eyed PK, Aamir has piqued the curiosity of cine-goers across the country. We know little about who PK is, but we do know that Aamir's performance could end 2014 with the loudest of bangs.

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