2018 saw a variety of Punjabi films with different genres, but most of the films revolved around the lead actor and his storyline. The lead actresses got nothing much to do but fulfil the formality of being co-actor in the film. It is high time that makers start giving equal footing to Punjabi actresses as well.
Below is our list of some of best lead performances by Punjabi actresses in the year 2018:
Sargun Mehta (Qismat) - Baani, Sargun's character in Qismat goes through the greens and darks in the film. She had two contrast shades which, in itself was a challenge. In the first half, she is a heartbroken and confused girl but is full of life. In the second half, she played a bedridden girl dying a slow death. She not only managed to get the audience sympathy with her performance but also made them cry. She has been winning the Best Actress Award for the last three years, and chances are that it ends up in her kitty this time too.
Neeru Bajwa (Laung Laachi) - Neeru continued with the queen tag till Laung Laachi. Though the film had its own share of weak points, it managed to do well at the box office. It was the presence of Neeru, which kept uplifting the film during its down moments. While the title track went on to win hearts all over the world, it also turned out to be one of the most successful numbers in Bajwa's career. She effortlessly played the role of a hilly areas' Punjabi village girl (ignoring the Canadian accent), who goes on to make a successful career in the music world, which in turn creates a problem in her personal life.
Simi Chahal (DaanaPaani) - A girl's long wait to meet her mother, Simi shows the pain of a motherless girl with the beautifully written role of Basant Kaur. Simi was not having much dialogues to speak, and in most of the scenes, she emoted through her eyes. Though the film garnered mixed reviews but Simi's performance was appreciated.
Rupinder Rupi (Asees) - How many senior actresses got to play the central character in Punjabi films in all these years?? Rupinder Rupi's character in Asees is Punjabi Cinema's answer to Neena Gupta's Badhai Ho. Rupinder Rupi gave a very believable performance of a rural Punjabi mother and won over with her effortless simplicity and winning dialogues.
Aditi Sharma (Laatu) - It was nice to see Aditi Sharma back last year with a couple of films, but looks like the filmmakers only want her to play the roles similar to her debut film Angrej. In spite of being typecasted, Aditi still managed to shine in Laatu but we sincerely hope that a talented actress like her is given better roles to do.
Simi Chahal (Golak Bugni Bank Te Batua) - Simi's role in this film is of a girl who manages her father's sweets shop, acts in colony plays and also is taking IELTS classes. She played this typical firebrand girl of small city colony. In a film with an ensemble cast, she had her share of brilliant scenes as Mishri.
The year 2018 did not have many female-oriented films but we are truly looking forward to 2019 as this year seems to be a flood of films of different types and let us wait and watch how well the female talent of the industry is explored by the makers of Punjabi films.
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