What according to you were the top 10 most powerful performances in Bollywood till date?

You write them in an order as per your rating. You can put two performances on same number if you rate them equal. But then skip the next number. It should be only 10 performances. It can be male or female main lead, supporting characters, comedian, negative role or anything..The performance counts. Feel free to share your views about the performance. 

A tough choice, but see which powerful performances have made an impact and top your memory strings

Written by Category: Bollywood 4 years ago
Arunima Singh

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This isnot in order , I am writing out the performance s that made an impact as I recall..

Meena Kumari in Dil Apna air Preet parayee and Sahib Bibi aur ghulam

Nargis in Raat aur Din

Balraj Sahni in Do bigha Zameen

Smita Patil in Subah

Shabana Azmi in Arth

Madhubala in Mughal e Azam

Nutan in Sujata

Rekha in Umrao jaan

Rakhee in  Paroma

Dilip Kumar in all his films

Hema Malini in Seeta aur Geeta although it was a commercial film.





usha manohar
Arunima Singh I liked Dileep Kumar in all his films. And most of your least had female performers - Arunima Singh - 4 years ago
usha manohar I can also add guru Dutt in Pyasa and Kagaz ke phool - usha manohar - 4 years ago

Aamir Khan in PK

Naseerudduin Shaw in DeedhIshquiya

Shahid kapoor in Haider

Randeep Hooda in Highway

Vijay raaz  in Dedh Isquiya

Raj Kumar Yadav in Citylights

Paresh Rawal in Raja Natwarlal

Hrithik Roshan in Bang bang

Akshay Kumar in Holiday

Nawazuddin Sidduiqui in Liars Dice


Arunima Singh All recent movies and all male performers - Arunima Singh - 4 years ago

My choice of the most powerful performances in Bollywood would be as follows:

1. Raj Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker

2. Baljraj Sahni in Kabuliwala

3. Nutan in Sujata

4. Vahida Rehman in Guide

5. Abitabh Bachchan in Sholay, Zanjeer and Sharabi

6. Rajesh Khanna in Anand

7. Kishore Kumar in Dur Gagan ki Chhav Mein

8. Ajay Devgan in Jakhm

9. Ashok Kumar in Shaukin

10. Rekha in Khubsurat

Kalyani Nandurkar
Arunima Singh Ajay Devgan in Zakhm.. It had a huge impact on me - Arunima Singh - 4 years ago

Please don't ask me to list in order, and I may choose performances which made an impact despite being a commercial film. My list may cover more than 10, please don't mind.... I have forgotten many good performances I have seen in my childhood days...mostly Dilip Kumar, Nutan, Meena Kumari, Vaijayanthimala and Raj Kapoor. So I may not cover their movies....Also I can't remember many great performances of Om Puri, Nassaruddeen Shah, Anupam Kher etc....

1. Rajesh Khanna in Aaradhana (My favourite performance all time)... Rest is just a shuffled list

2. Rajesh Khanna in Anand

3. Raj Kapoor in Sangham

4. Shah Rukh Khan in Baazigar

5. Amitabh Bacchan in Black

6. Nargis in Mother India

7. Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun

8. Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

9. Sharmila Tagore in Aaradhana

10. Shabana Azmi in Arth

11. Dev Anand in Guide

12. Amitabh Bachchan in Muquadar Ka Sikander

13. Vidya Balan in Dirty Picture

14. Alia Bhat in Dear Zindagi

15. Madhubala in Mughal-E-Azam

16. Shammi Kapoor in Junglee (actually a long list of movies, choosing just one)

17. Rajendra Kumar in Arzoo

18. Sadhna in Arzoo

19. Sadhna in Woh Kaun Thi

20. Rani Mukerji in Black

21. Aishwarya Rai in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

22. Hrithik Roshan in Koi Mil Gaya

23. Shah Rukh Khan in Kal Ho Na Ho

24. Darsheel Safari in Tare Zameen Par

25. Aamir Khan in Rangeela

26. Anupam Kher in Daddy

27. Shahid Kapoor in Haider

28. Salman Khan in Meine Pyar Kiya

29. Bhagya Sree in Meine Pyar Kiya

30. Shah Rukh Khan in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

31. Shah Rukh Khan in Yes Boss

32. Sanjeev Kumar in Koshish

33. Jaya Bhaduri in Koshish

34. Asha Parekh in Katti Patang

35. Amol Palekar in Golmaal

36. Sri Devi in Chandini

37. Sri Devi in Chaal Baaz

38. Aamir Khan in Dil

39. Madhuri Dixit in Dil

40. Salman Khan in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

41. Ajay Devgan in Once Upon A Time in Mumbai

42. Ajay Devgan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

43. Sanjay Dutt in Saajan

44. Ashok Kumar in Aashirvaad

45. Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met

46. Shah Rukh Khan in DDLJ

47. Guru Dutt in Kagaz Ka Phool

48. Karishma Kapoor in Dil To Pagal Hai

49. Manoj Vajpayee in Pinjar

50. Tabu in Maachis/Chandini Bar

51. Hrithik Roshan in Jodha Akbar

52 .Irrfan Khan for Paan Tomar Singh

53.Kangana Ranaut in Queen

54. Saira Bhanu in Shagird

55. Manoj Vajpayee in Satya

56. Priyanka Chopra in What's Your Rashee?

57. Madhuri Dixit in Saajan

58. Rani Mukherji in Chalte Chalte

59. Sri Devi in Lamhe

60. Vaijayanthimala in Sangham



Full stop :) :)

Top 10 in the list are my top preferences, of course, though not in order. I have edited my favourite performances of Manoj Kumar in Upkaar, Raj Kumar and Vaijayantimala in Neel Kamal, Rajesh Khanna in Katti Patang, Dilip Kumar in Naya Daur and Aadmi, Sonam Kapoor in Neerja, Tina Munim in Baton Boton Mein, Amol Palekar in Rajnigandha, Jaya Bhaduri in Guddi, Waheeda Rahman in Guddi, Saif Ali Khan in Hum Tum and Kal Ho Na Ho, Rani Mukerji in Hum Tum, Kajol in Fanaa and Dushman, Madhuri Dixit in Dil To Pagal Hai, Juhi in Yes Boss, Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke and QSQT, Priety Zinta in Kal Ho Na Ho etc. Definitely I missed some great names in the list... I know....


I would like to add a few more impressive supporting roles.... Utpal Patel in Golmaal, Anupam Kher in Dil & DDLJ, Rajendra Kumar in Sangham, Shah Rukh Khan in Dear Zindagi, Rani Mukerji in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Raj Kiran in Arth and Karzz, Salman Khan in Saajan, Bindu in Abhimaan, Amrish Puri in Mr. India, Amjad Khan in Sholay, Tanuja in Jewel Thief, Rekha in Muquadar Ka Sikander etc....


Sandhya Rani
Arunima Singh You seem to be a big movie lover. You need them as much as you need oxygen. All on list are too good and the decision is really tough - Arunima Singh - 4 years ago

Raj Kumar in Soudagar 

Dilip Kumar in Gopi

Rajesh khanna in Aradhana

Rajendra Kumar in Arzoo 

Sunil Dutt in Ghar Parivar 

Amitabh Bachan in Janzir

Dharmendra in Sholey 

Sajay Dutt in Khalnayak

Shridevi in Chalbaaz 

Amir khan in 3 idiots


Amitabh Bacchan & Rani Mukherjee in Black

Rajesh Khanna in Avtar 

Manoj Kumar in Purab aur Paschim

Dipika Padukone , Ranvir Singh & Priyanka in Baji Rao Mastani

Shahrukh Khan in Kal ho na Ho and Mohabbtein

Aamit in 3 idiots

Priyanka Chopra in Mary Kom

Sushant in Untold Story MS Dhoni

Kangna in Tanu and Manu Returns

Akshay Kumar in Airlift


Amitabh Bachchan in Black, Paa, Piku, Pink

Sanjeev Kumar in Aandhi, Sholay

Dharmendra in Chupke Chupke, Sholay

Rajesh Khanna in Anand, Aradhana

Jaya Bhaduri in Mili, Guddi

Suchitra Sen in Aandhi and Mamta

Rekha in Khubsoorat

Raj Kapoor in Mera Naam Joker

Anupam Kher in Daddy

Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil in Arth and Mandi

Supriya Pathak in Galiyon ki Rasleela Ram Leela

Dipti Naval and Farooq Sheikh in Chashme Baddoor

Amitabh Bachchan and Tabu in Cheeni Kum

Tabu in Maachis

Vidya Balan in Paa, Kahani and all her movies

Waheeda Rahman in Guide

The list is endless and it's quite a task to write down so many names. The names which I wrote will not do justice with others whom I want to mention but have no patience to write that many. 

Shampa Sadhya

Amir in Dangal

Amir in PK

Salman in Sulthan

Amir in Secret Superstar

Prabhas in Bahubali 2

Rajnikanth in Robo



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