NewZNew (Feature) : Top 5 Bollywood heroines of 2014
Kangana Ranaut as Rani in ‘Queen’
As we are on the threshold of bidding goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015, let’s take a look at the top 5 heroines of Bollywood, who cast a spell on us with their acting prowess and infectious charm. Here’s our list of the actresses who we think delivered spellbinding performances in their respective films:
For an actress who was never given an opportunity to broaden her horizon and essay characters that she had never portrayed before, ‘ Queen ‘ gave a new lease of life to Kangana Ranaut. The Vikas Bahl film, validated the fact that given quality work, Kangana can leave one and all mesmerised, because she has it in her to play a naive character like Rani. For her splendid performance in the film and carrying it entirely on her shoulder, the girl from Himachal becomes our number 1 actress of the year.
Priyanka Chopra in and as ‘Mary Kom’
Priyanka Chopra is a multi-talented personality who can sing as wonderfully as she can act. The former Miss World, who has time and again impressed her critics with her acting talent, delivered the same magic in and as ‘ Mary Kom ‘ in Omung Kumar’s directorial venture. The girl not only got under the skin of the character to do justice to the Boxing Legend, but also kept the Box Office registers ringing by crossing the Rs 100 crore mark.
Juhi Chawla as Sumitra Devi in ‘Gulab Gang’
The bubbly diva of the 1990s who made a million hearts skip a beat with her childlike charm and innocence- Juhi Chawla – did the unbelievable by essaying a villainous character in ‘ Gulab Gang ‘, a film which also featured her contemporary and once arch rival Madhuri Dixit. As a mean, power-hungry politician, Juhi came across as a cunning woman, who people would love to hate.
Alia Bhatt as Veera Tripathi in ‘Highway’
Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Highway’ gave one film old Alia Bhatt (who had just made her debut with Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year’), the chance to discover the fine artiste in her. Alia portrayed the character of an abducted girl who subsequently suffers from Stockholm syndrome towards her kidnapper, with elan. She also lent her voice to a track ‘Sooha saaha’ from the film composed by Oscar Award winning music maestro AR Rahman.
Deepika Padukone as Angie in ‘Finding Fanny’
Despite making a grand debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Farah Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’, Deepika Padukone couldn’t really impress the critics as an actor. But the dimpled girl from Bangalore, in the past few years has emerged as a fine talent, who can portray a rustic belle with as much ease as essaying a modern girl. As Angie in Homi Adajania’s ‘Finding Fanny’, Deepika proved that she had x-factor in her to rub shoulder with stalwarts like Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia.