B-town’s top 10 female actors of 2012

Published: December 20, 2012
Top 10 women we loved to watch this year. PHOTO: FILE

Top 10 women we loved to watch this year. PHOTO: FILE

Bollywood is no longer a male-centric industry, nor is it all about glamour. This year saw new and old B-town babes that made it ‘big’ with their performances, regardless of their old setbacks. It’s time to turn on the spotlight on to the female actors that have entertained us with their performances in 2012.

Anjali Patil — known as the Chakravyuh girl — needs no make-up or fancy clothes to make an impression. Her role as a brave yet soft-hearted Naxalite in Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh won her rave reviews; it’s no surprise that this diva is labeled the perfect package for her good looks, dancing skills and passion for acting.

Model-turned actor Diana Penty would have shined bright last year if she had not rejected Imtiaz Ali’s film Rockstar. With her debut film Homi Adajania’s Cocktail, Diana proved to be a knock-out. Opposite Saif Ali Khan, she played the role of a simple Indian girl; and despite her poor dancing moves she is still the debutante of the year (sorry Alia Bhatt!).

Vidya Balan is not new to Bollywood, but her role in Kahaani is the reason she’s on this list. Her fame from Parineeta and No One Killed Jessica to Ishqiya and Bhool Bhulaiyaa has won her the title of a versatile actor. Her female-centric role in Kahaani was completely different from her bold role in 2011’s film The Dirty Picture.

Katrina Kaif has finally worked on those two left feet! Her latest film Jab Tak Hai Jaan once again brought her out to flaunt her sexy body with her seductive dance moves in Ishq Shava. As the first girl to be kissed by Shahrukh Khan in a film, this half-British beauty proves she can still manage a hit song video (Chikni Chameli, anyone?) despite miserable dialogue delivery.


Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan, Sridevi, Parineeti Chopra,  

Deepika Padukone is bringing sexy back. She transformed from typical Indian girl to bombshell in her film Cocktail. The diva has remarkable features and natural acting skills; but the lack of stylish wardrobe and attitude was a gaping void in her portfolio. Her transformation has earned her every moment of fame this year.

The late director Yash Raj’s favourite 24-year-old, Anushka Sharma stole the show in Jab Tak Hai Jaan (JTHJ). The young actor made her debut with Shahrukh Khan in Rab Ne Banadi Jodi and enthralled the public with her beauty and talent. Her bubbly character in JTHJ was the only attraction in the film.

Priyanka Chopra had her plate full this year; from acting to singing to writing, this diva makes it all happen. She received unanimous praise for her role of an autistic girl in Anurag Basu’s film Barfi! Besides her acting performances, PC’s first debut single In My City, featuring guest vocals from American rapper Will.i.am, is on everyone’s playlist.

Farah Khan is a choreographer-director who made her acting debut in romcom Shirin Farhad Ki To Nikal Padi. Known for choreography and film direction (Munni Badnam Hui and Shiela Ki Jawaani) she was recently in the groove with comedy actor Boman Irani. Farah dispelled the myth that only young, skinny and tall girls can get a house full at the cinema.

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Anjali Patil, Aushka Sharma, Farha Khan

Parineeti Chopra was the high-voltage drama queen of the film Ishaqzaade produced by Yash Raj Films (YRF). This rising star studied finance in England and returned to India in 2009 and joined YRF as a publicist. Her performance in Ishaqzaade is impeccable as a Muslim girl in a political family who is feisty. She’s the perfect example of brains plus beauty.

Sridevi is the model for best comeback. This beauty queen has enthralled her fans in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, but took a 15-year-long break until her recent release English Vinglish. Sridevi played the lead role in the film, and despite her cosmetic surgery, she still managed to blow away the audience with her flawless acting and trademark thumkas at the end in Navrai Mahji.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 21st, 2012.           

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Dec 22, 2012 - 12:19AM

    I don’t believe that Sri Sridevi did cosmetic surgery because if you see side way look she carry the same look she was when she was in her 8th year. She is an indian, she grows into it. And she is very conservative Indian, she doesn’t need to do anything cosmetic to alter her rich facial look. You all immersed into stupid cosmetic surgery you all are blind with the notion that every beautiful Indian ladies has to be in. Strike out that notion and come to reality. That this LADY is born with the gift very few can have. She is an Indian woman grows into that like any Indian woman can with good habit and disciplined exercise. Don’t bash her with crappy notion. Be logical and think like an Indian man and grow up.Recommend

  • Abhishek
    Dec 22, 2012 - 9:18PM

    What a piece of crap. The best performances by actresses according to me are:-
    1. Priyanka Chopra(Barfi) and Sridevi(English Vinglish)
    2. Vidya Balan (Kahaani)
    3. Richa Chaddha (Gangs of wasseypur)
    4. Parineeti Chopra (Ishaqzaade)
    5. Kareena Kapoor (Heroine)
    6. Deepika Padukone (Cocktail)
    7. Yami Gautam (Vicky Donor)
    8. Illeana D’cruz (Barfi)
    9. Huma Qureshi (Gangs of wasseypur 1)
    10. Rani Mukherji (Talaash)


  • MAK
    Dec 27, 2012 - 6:22PM

    No mention of Kareena Kapoor despite doing every film with the Khans. LOL!


  • Sab33N
    Dec 31, 2012 - 2:53PM

    I dunno whether Indian’s agree to this list or not …. but I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE Sri Devi .. what a beauty she is and what a great actress. I really wish she would do more movies and one more with Anil Kapoor. That would be just pure brilliance. Mr India was my favourite movie of all times and I am not even an Indian.. Bahhhh there I said it .. Mogamboo khush hua .. :)


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