In the last decade, female performances have been nothing short of spectacular. In an industry, that is still predominantly male actors dominated, female actors have held their ground purely on the basis of their performances. There is a surge of woman centric stories. Even in the usual fare of Bollywood Masala movies, the female actors have gone way beyond their stipulated miss and blink roles, being eye candies and all. The fact that writers, directors are etching the female characters in a much clear and distinguishable fashion, the last ten years’ acting performances are a testimonial to this. We, at The Cinemawala ranked the greatest female performances and the actors. It was a much difficult task, considering the sheer quality of the acting performances. Nevertheless, we finally were able to rank 25 greatest female actors in the last decade. Read On!

Honourable Mentions

Radhika Madan and Sanya Malhotra – Patakha

Huma Qureshi – Gangs Of Wasseypur, Badlapur

Dipti Naval – NH10, Listen Amaya

Parineeti Chopra – Meri Pyari Bindu

Nusrat Bharucha – Pyaar Ka Punchnama

Gitanjali Rao – October

1. Kangana Ranaut

Performance Of The Decade – Rani in ‘Queen’, Datto/Tanuja Trivedi in ‘Tanu weds Manu Returns’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Judgementall Hai Kya’, ‘Simran’

2. Tabu

Performance Of The Decade – Gazala in ‘Haider’, Simi in ‘AndhaDhun’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Drishyam’, ‘Fitoor’, ‘De De Pyaar De’

3. Bhumi Pednekar

Performance Of The Decade – Sandhya in ‘Dum Lagake Haisha’, Indumati Tomar in ‘Son Chiriya’

Other performances to watch out forLust Stories’, ‘Saand Ki Aankh’, ‘Bala’, ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’

4. Tapsee Pannu

Performance Of The Decade – Rumi Bagga in ‘Manmarziyaan’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Badla’, ‘Mulk’, ‘Saand Ki Aankh’,’Game Over’

5. Alia Bhatt

Performance Of The Decade – Veera Tripathi in ‘Highway’, Bauria in ‘Udta Punjab’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Raazi’ , ‘Dear Zindagi’, ‘Gully Boy’

6. Rasika Duggal

Performance Of The Decade Ishrat from ‘Hamid’, Safiya from ‘Manto’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Tu Hai Mera Sunday’, ‘Qissa’

7. Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Performance Of The Decade – Jhilmil from ‘Barfi’, Sussana from ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Bajirao Mastani’,  ‘The Sky Is Pink’

8. Deepika Padukone

Performance Of The Decade – Veronica from ‘Cocktail’, Piku from ‘Piku’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Ram-Leela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Padmavaat’, ‘Tamasha’

9. Tillotama Shome

Performance Of The Decade – Kanwar Singh from ‘Qissa’, Bonnie from ‘Death In A Gunj’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Kadvi Hawa’, ‘Children Of War’

10. Swara Bhaskar

Performance Of The Decade – Chandra from ‘Nil Battey Sannata’, Anarkali from ‘Anarkali Of Arrah’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Ranjhaana’,’Tanu weds Manu’,’Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, ‘Listen Amaya’

11. Late Sridevi

Performance Of The DecadeShashi Godbole fromEnglish Vinglish ‘

Other performances to watch out for  – ‘Mom’

12. Vidya Balan

Performance Of The Decade – Vidya Bagchi from ‘Kahaani’ Silk from ‘The Dirty Picture’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Tumhari Sulu’, ‘Mission Mangal’, ‘Ishqiya’, ‘No One Killed Jessica’

13. Anushka Sharma

Performance Of The Decade – Ruksana from ‘Pari’, Meera from ‘NH 10’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Philauri’, ‘Sui Dhaga’, ‘PK’

14. Radhika Apte

Performance Of The Decade – Lajjo from ‘Parched’, Mahek from ‘Phobia’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Hunterr’, ‘Lust Stories’, ‘Badlapur’

15. Ratna Pathak Shah

Performance Of The Decade – Buaji from ‘Lipstick Under The Burkha’, Sunita Kapoor from ‘Kapoor and Sons’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Khubsoorat’, ‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tuu’

16. Neena Gupta

Performance Of The Decade – Priyamvada Kaushik from ‘Badhaai Ho’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘The Last Colour’, ‘Mulk’

17. Shefali Shah

Performance Of The Decade – Neelam Mehra from ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, Tara from ‘Once Again’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Delhi Crimes’

18. Seema Pahwa

Performance Of The Decade – Susheela Devi from ‘Bareily Ki Barfi’,Amma ji from ‘Aankhon Dekhi’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, ‘Subh Mangal Savdhan’

19. Kalki Koechlin

Performance Of The Decade – Laila from ‘Margarita with a straw’, Sahana from ‘Ribbon’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Shaitaan’, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara’, ‘Gully Boy’, ‘Waiting’

20. Supriya Pathak

Performance Of The Decade – Dhankor Ba from ‘Ram Leela’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Love Per Square Foot’, ‘Shanghai’

21. Konkana Sen Sharma

Performance Of The Decade – Nutan Tandon from ‘Talvar’, Diana from ‘Ek Thi Daayan’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Lipstick Under The Burkha’, ‘Mirch’

22. Nimrat Kaur

Performance Of The Decade – Ila from ‘The Lunchbox’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Airlift’

23. Richa Chaddha

Performance Of The Decade – Nagma Khatoon from ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’, Devi Pathak from ‘Masaan’

Other performances to watch out for – ‘Fukrey’

24. Kareena Kapoor Khan 

Performance Of The Decade – Rosie from ‘Talash’

Other performances to watch out for‘Ek Main Aur Ek Tuu’, ‘Udta Punjab’ 

25. Zaira Wasim

Performance Of The Decade – Geeta Phogat from ‘Dangal’

Other performances to watch out for -‘Secret Superstar’, ‘The Sky Is Pink’

 

That was the list of the 25 greatest female actors in Hindi Cinema in the last decade (2010 – 2019). Please share your thoughts, likes and dislikes in the comment section.

7 Comments »

  1. THANK YOU THANK YOU INFINITE THANK YOU for ensuring the greatest Superstar the #Sridevi gets a mention for both her Milestone performances this decade. As her fan, its ALWAYS a Treat for my eyes to read such articles. You are keeping her ALIVE by doing this. THANK YOU. Keep them coming in dear team.

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  2. Great list but I would have liked to swam some positions-
    1. Tabu
    2. Vidya
    3. Kangana
    And don’t see Taapsee or Deepika making it to the list over Geetanjali Thapa. Tillotama Shome and Rashika Duggal have been great additions, though, which most lists have missed

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  3. It’s great to see Kangana Ranaut at the top. She is going to be the Best Actress in Indian Cinema. Her performances are Oscar level.
    However, Taapsee is at rank 4 !. I am yet to see Manmarziyaan. Is she really that good in the movie to be ranked so high over Alia Bhatt and Vidya Balan? Will check the movie soon.

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