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Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao – 5 stars that broke the boundaries in 2018

Who was the breakout star of 2018 – Vicky Kaushal, Radhika Apte, Rajkummar Rao, Taapsee Pannu or Ayushmann Khurrana?

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2018 was a good year for Bollywood with some amazing concept and content-based films. The people ruling the big screen were not the superstars but the next-door faces. The stories weren’t nice, of or for the elite, or stories no one could identify with. They were amazingly normal, and the characters were from amongst us. Where big films with big stars failed to interest the audience, it was the small-town stories and the Pankaj Tripathi in Stree and Surekha Sikri in Badhaai Ho that bought audiences to the theaters. Let’s take a look at the winners of the year 2018 vis-a-vis performances, and rejoice that we are finally moving towards a better future for Bollywood.

# Vicky Kaushal: The new-found national crush of this past year Vicky Kaushal, is on hyper mode, giving us amazing performances. With five releases, of which two were on OTT platforms, Love Per Square Foot (LPSF) and Lust Stories, and three theatrical films, Sanju, Raazi and Manmarziyaan as his arsenal, he blazed his way into public hearts, and doesn’t look likely to leave soon. With his unique earthy charm and versatile acting, we are quite in love with him.

# Radhika Apte: It was hard not to spot Radhika Apte last year even for someone living under a rock, as she was ‘omnipresent’, like Netflix India titled her. Radhika was everywhere—on the big screen and  OTTs with a strong screen presence and unique roles. She appeared in six projects, of which two (Sacred Games, Ghoul) were Netflix Original series, one (Lust Stories) was a Netflix Original film, and three (Padman, Andhadhun and Bazaar) were theatrical releases. Whoa! Let me get my breath back! Every part she played was a treat, and we love that she’s all over the place, as long as she gives us the kind of performances she is.

# Ayushmann Khurana: The man for whom a normal storyline is boring and who needs something unconventional every time, Ayushmann without breaking his streak  did two very out-of-the-box roles last year. Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho were his releases that made the last leg of the year worth going to the theatres. Damn, this man even impressed us as a blind pianist. Ayushmann, is there something you can’t do?

# Rajkummar Rao: The day is not far away when Rajkummar will be the name of a genre, and his films, the master-classes. Last year, the National Award winning actor entered the Rs 100 crore club with his film Stree, where he played a ladies tailor in a village that has spirit who makes an annual festival visit. Rajkummar did what he does best, portraying vulnerability on screen has been his super power, and with such a script, magic had to happen.

# Taapsee Pannu: Taapsee is winning us with her candid Instagram profile and her superb choice of characters. Playing a lady trying to save her in-laws from false allegations in Mulk, and the complexed Rumi from Manmarziyaan, Taapsee had her heart in both, and our hearts for both. After Pink, Taapsee has become more conscious about her choices and we are the happier for that.

All of these actors were revelations last year, and we definitely crave for more from them. Luckily for the public, this lot also has a good number of projects in 2019, and the wait is getting difficult. Who is your breakout star for 2018? Do let us know in the comments section what do you feel about them!

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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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Vicky Kaushal. Pic courtesy: Instagram.

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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