International Women’s Day 2022: Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi to Deepika Padukone in Gehraiyaan, Bollywood’s leading ladies reign with best performances this year


The third month of the year is here and 2022 is already full of mind-blowing onscreen performances by Bollywood's leading ladies! Women have been leading the mantle across the Indian cinematic landscape for a while now but these performances are definitely a great sign that the year belongs to women! Here are some women who have delivered an incredible must-watch show on the screen!

Alia Bhatt in Gangubai Kathiawadi


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Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime drama film, based on the life of the mafia queen. Alia Bhatt, starring in the titular role, has been receiving critical acclaim for her performance in the film. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the movie also stars Shantanu Maheshwari, Vijay Raaz, Seema Pahwa and Indira Tiwari. The story takes us through the life of young Ganga who in no time marks her own territory and becomes Gangubai – a madame in the red light area of Kamathipura. The film has been produced by Bhansali Productions and Pen India Limited.

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Aditi Rao Hydari in Hey Sinamika

South Indian cinema has become an intrinsic part of India’s pop culture and when talking about the best women-led performances of 2022, how can we not talk about Aditi Rao Hydari in Hey Sinamika! With all the praise and acclaim being directed at Aditi, it is safe to say that the powerhouse performer has walked away with the lion's share of the appreciation. Giving us a different angle on love, the versatile actress is seen playing Mouna, who has had enough of her stay-at-home husband and takes the bold decision of filing a divorce. And Mouna has become an instant fan favourite and a hit with the critics! The industry is also abuzz, praising Aditi's performance!

Deepika Padukone in Gehraiyaan

Stealing the show in the romantic drama, Deepika Padukone as Alisha is a treat to the eyes. Co-starring Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Pandey, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor and Dhairya Karwa, the film has received polarising opinions from critics, fans and the industry alike. However, one thing they all agree upon in this Shakun Batra directorial is that Deepika's performance was outstanding!

Yami Gautam in A Thursday

A Thursday has garnered massive viewership within a few days of its release on OTT, owing to Yami Gautam's impressive performance. The actress left the critics, audience and the industry stumped with her effortless transition from an endearing kindergarten teacher to a drop-dead hostage-taker. She has been receiving unanimous love for her role in A Thursday across the board!

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