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Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma – who is the best actress of 2018?

Who is the best actress of 2018 – Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma or Taapsee Pannu?

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Slowly but steadily, we have reached at a point where female characters in films are not just eye-candy, but also do the heavy lifting. With meaty roles written for mid-aged women, a magnum opus around a female character, a lady villain who is more badass than many male ones, we’ve had a variety of superb female portrayals in 2018. Bollywood is finally evolving as are its people. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some sparkly ladies who wooed us with their performances last year.

# Alia Bhatt

 

Proving her calibre since her very first film, Alia Bhatt has been playing roles that have shaped her filmography in the best way possible. Be it the carefree Veera  from Highway or the depressed Kaira from Dear Zindagi, or even her nameless character from Udta Punjab, she plays every part in a way that you can’t replace her. In 2018, Alia portrayed the role of Sehmat, an Indian spy, in Raazi, based on the book Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka. Raazi was based on Alia’s character which meant the heavy lifting was to be done by her. She played the role to the best of her capabilities and gave the audience an amazing film to watch. Under Meghna Gulzar’s meticulous direction, Alia showed a side of her, completely different from all the characters she has played. Raazi went on to make good numbers at the Box Office, adding another feather to her cap. 2019 has Gully Boy, Brahmastra and Kalank in store for Alia, and we know she will rock them all.

# Deepika Padukone

Ranked as IMDB’s top Indian star of 2018, Deepika Padukone never looked back after taking flight with Cocktail. Delivering hit after hit with different directors, Deepika deserves that spot. 2018 saw her third collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB) and her husband Ranveer Singh.  Her film Padmaavat was based on a 13th century poem that goes by the same name as the title. The film went through turmoil when a fringe group alleged that SLB had shown queen Padmavati in a bad light (way before the film was even completed, leave alone viewed). And the director and Deepika faced threats of being beheaded and other such nonsense. The movie, initially supposed to be released in December 2017, hit the theatres in January 2018. After going through its share of ups and downs, the film won out, and in a sweeping victory, turned out one of the highest grossers of the year. Deepika in the titular role excels in her acting, postures, dancing, and everything made the film a treat to watch. Her next film is Chhapak, opposite Vikrant Massey, directed by Meghna Gulzar. An unusual concept, but considering Deepika’s streak, this is an anticipated one.

# Taapsee Pannu

2018 saw Taapsee Pannu in two strong roles, poles apart from each other. In Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk, she played a lawyer saving her in-laws from accusations of being terrorists. Mulk was a movie that didn’t open to great Box Office numbers, but had amazing content. Her second role was that of Rumi, in Manmarziyaan, a complex character fighting with her own mind, alongside Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan. She also played a part in Soorma with Diljit Dosanjh, yet another strong character that adds value to the film. Taapsee has evolved progressively in her choice of characters, and is choosing roles that benefit her filmography, as well as impress us. We hope to see more layers of this amazing actor in the coming year with Badla and Mission Mangal.

# Anushka Sharma

Last year, we were re-introduced to our age-old genres in a new way with some path-breaking films. Anushka Sharma in Pari explored the horror genre and yes, we were shocked and surprised by her work. She played the part of a ghost with such finesse that while watching the film, you forget it’s Anushka and get into that world. Later in the year, she gave up all her vanity and played a small-town lady with big ambitions. As Mamta, she was the highpoint in Sharat Kataria’s Sui Dhaaga- Made in India. Alongside Varun Dhawan, Anushka left no loophole in the preparation of the character, and her accent, looks, attire, body language, everything was on point.

With an amazing line up ahead in 2019, this run seems to be streaking ahead, with no coming back. We hope that these actors and all the others get roles worth their weight, making it a shining year for the movies. This sum-up also doesn’t imply that we have stopped making objectifying content, but it is heartening to experience the gamut of good content creators who have emerged and are giving us what we deserve. Anyway, who was the best actress of 2018, according to you? Vote in the poll above!

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Post SOTY 2, Tara Sutaria bags her first major cosmetic brand endorsement

Tara Sutaria becomes the face of a major cosmetic brand – deets inside

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Tara Sutaria has already garnered eyeballs after her debut in Student of The Year 2. But we have seen her before in Disney’s Suite Life of Karan and Kabir in her teens. She’s not just an actor but also a singer, and let’s not forget her fabulous sartorial choices along her SOTY 2 promotions.

We have seen Tara in one of designer Ritu Kumar’s latest campaigns, and that was one of her first collaborations. Today (May 18), she has bagged a major cosmetic brand endorsement with Bobbi Brown. Bobbi Brown came to India in early April and they’ve been giving hints about Tara being the face of Bobbi Brown by posting close-ups of Tara’s eyes and lips. It seems like the deal was on since a while, and now it’s official!

The announcement ceremony was held at the Bobbi Brown outlet at Inorbit Mall, Malad, in Mumbai at 5:30 p.m, where Tara was present for a meet-and-greet. She wore a satin suit-dress in beige with complimenting beige pumps and vibrant red lipstick to complete the look. She sent up the temperatures as always, and Bobbi Brown India finally has a Brand Ambassador!

 

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Tara Sutaria is the face of Bobbi Brown India

 

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Tara Sutaria x Bobbi Brown

Let us know in the comments section below what you think about this collab and her look. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for the latest updates on fashion and Bollywood gossip.

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Vicky Kaushal Birthday! 9 pics of the actor that will steal your hearts

As Vicky Kaushal celebrates his 31st birthday today (May 16) and here are some of our favourite pics of the actor

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Currently, in Bollywood Vicky Kaushal is the hottest young gun at 31. Yes, the actor rings in his birthday today (May 16) and in the recent times he has literally become India’s national crush. Professionally for Vicky after URI: The Surgical Strike the josh has been quite high! From the humble boy-next-door in Masaan to the hottest eye candy B-town Vicky has come a long. Well taking a look at his Instagram account that is filled with all his gorgeous pictures will make you agree. From his casual to his red-carpet looks this heartthrob has been someone to look out for. He’s a great mixture of hot and cute and these pictures are proof…

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🖐🏽 days to go! #URITheSurgicalStrike

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As Vicky blows the candles today (May 16), we wish him many many happy returns of the day and a very successful year ahead.

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Vicky Kaushal birthday special: Masaan, Sanju, Uri – 5 best performances by the actor

As Vicky Kaushal brings in his 31st birthday today, we take a look at 5 of his best performances till date

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Right from the first film in which the audiences saw Vicky Kaushal, they fell in love with the actor. Vicky started off his career with the role of a simple lover boy in Masaan, and there was no stopping for him after that. He essayed several roles and outdid himself with each offering. Currently, he is one of the most bankable names in the industry, and people know that if he is on the big screen, they are in for an entertaining watch. Today (May 16) as the Masaan actor celebrates his 31st birthday, we  take a look at 5 of his note-worthy performances.

# Masaan: Vicky touched everyone’s heart with this performance of his. Marking his debut, Masaan became a film that people still adore Vicky for. His innocent character, his lean body and his chemistry with Shweta Tripathi made his character look exceptionally good on the big screen. Oh, and a lot of the credit goes to his acting as well. People discovered Vicky through this movie, and then it was just a wave of big offers for him.

# Raazi: Yet again, posing as an innocent husband worked really well for of Vicky. Although Alia did run the movie on her slender but strong shoulders, Vicky’s appearance was just like a cherry on the cake. The delicately nuanced way the actor played the role of Alia’s Pakistani husband Iqbal Syed, left everyone impressed.

# Sanju: If we ever want a friend, it would be a friend like Vicky Kaushal in Sanju. He essayed the role of a Gujju boy, Kamli, in the film, and stepped into the shoes of the character excellently. Ranbir Kapoor and Vicky’s camaraderie was appreciated by everyone, and his dialogue delivery had everyone feel each emotion that he was feeling.

# Manmarziyaan: Vicky was seen in a never-seen-before avatar in this film. He essayed the role of a DJ and his blue hair grabbed everyone’s attention instantly. He romanced Taapsee Pannu in the film and we can say that no one but Vicky could have essayed the role of an irresponsible and rash, but endearing lover with such ease.

# Uri-The Surgical Strike: This film was a milestone in Vicky’s career. Portraying the role of a Major Vihaan Shergill, Vicky raised the nation’s collective energy by simply asking, “How’s the josh?”.  It has been his best performance till date. The film made the audience cry, laugh, smile and and feel proud, and all the credit goes to Vicky for sure.

So these were our favourite films of Vicky’s! Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments section below.  Vicky will now be seen in Sardar Udham Singh, where he will essay the role of freedom fighter Udham Singh. He will also be a part of Karan Johar’s magnum opus Takht, in a negative role for the first time. We at CineBlitz also wish Vicky a very happy birthday.

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