Shabani Azmi breathed life into Radha, a middle-aged woman stuck in a loveless marriage. Through her affair with her sister-in-law, she breaks free from not only the shackles of her marriage but also broadens her understanding of her own identity.
A strong, competent Dalit woman, Bharti Mandal (Konkona Sensharma) stole our hearts with her defiance and dignity.
Although not played by a trangender actor, Shilpa in Super Deluxe is a riveting portrayal of the transgender identity in the rigid Indian society.
Dashing, accomplished and charming. Rahul nudged the representation of Indian gay men a little wider through his way of being.
Sanjay Suri plays a state swimming champion before HIV upends his life, leading him to find transformative grit and companionship.
From Mangal Pandey to Rang De Basanti