2020 has been the best for several OTT platforms. As the audience got locked inside their home, Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ Hotstar and many more became a constant companion for millions. Though we saw many performances throughout the year, we list down 5 best female actors that touched our heart.
Mita Vashist in Your Honor: In this gripping web series abut a seemingly incorruptible judge who puts his reputation at stake when his son commits a crime, Mita Vashisht’s sly cop act furnishes a vinegary flavour to her strong stubborn character. Vashisht plays the cop Kiron Sekhon (any resemblance to Bedi was certainly not coincidental) as a mixture of attentive and disdainful. I just couldn’t take my eyes off her stolen steely scornful glances at the guilty-as-sin Judge. Every time Jimmy Sheirgill and Mita Vashisht are on screen together, you want to see just where their conversation is going. The words they speak seductively encircle their cat-and-mouse game in this energetic engrossing and altogether gripping tale of empowerment privilege and their misuse.A tremendous performance.
Swastika Mukherjee in Pataal Lok: Playing the neglected wife of a media baron, this very accomplished actress infused a startling stillness signifying a supreme sadness into her part. The cheated betrayed disillusioned wife is clinically depressed. But she never wallows in self-pity and rises above her grief to seek and seize the happiness that she deserves. What a lovely character played with such delicacy, and such glaring contrast to the other disgruntled wife Swastika played in the crude Black Widows.
Kirti Kulhari in Criminal Justice 2: As a woman on the verge of collapse, Kirti plays a completely contrasting character to Four More Shots Please. In the gripping Criminal Justice Season 2 which came at the end of the year, Kirti was a bundle of breathless anxieties. She made us care, even as she gave us a big scare in a world that is far from fair. The thing about Kirti she has a deep understanding of the wages of betrayal and deception, and she mirrors these disappointments in her performance with tremendous force.
Geetika Vidya Ohlyan in Unpaused: Playing a Rajasthani migrant in the story Vishaanu in the Unpaused anthology Geetika whom we all remember for her sterling performance in Netflix’s Soni, endows such a high level of credibility to her character that I wanted to see more of her. Maybe a whole film instead of a half-hour segment? Geetika is a sequence where she makes all the right noises about Mumbai in exchange of food and masks, is a class act, as too when her face crumbles on realizing that the temporary luxury abode where she, her husband son are hidden, must come to an end. This is an actress who needs just one shot to nail her character.
Kriti Kharbanda in Taish: Films about gangsters, guns and internecine vendetta seldom have space for well-written female characters. Here in this dark meditation on machismo, Kriti held her own as the self-willed Pakistani live-in girlfriend of Jim Sarbh. When she is challenged taunted and insulted by her boyfriend’s father at a wedding dinner, Kriti gives it back to him politely. Devoted to her man to the extent of self ruination, she brought dignity to her character’s self-effacing love. You can be a slave for love, without being a walkover. Kriti’s performance proved it.
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