In the achingly beautiful Month Of Madhu, Harsha Chemudu superbly humanises a stock character that has been rendered caricature-ish by countless instances of lifeless and stereotypical writing over the years: 'the hero's friend'.
Can any best-of list be complete without a Konkona Sen Sharma performance? Her character, Chitra Das, is a complex portrait of trauma and courage, of escaping and confronting, of perceiving and trusting.
Queer, mature, a driven career woman, and equipped with a gorgeous winter wardrobe, Krishna Mehra checks every box you can imagine. Tabu's performance as an intelligence officer who sets out to avenge the death of her lover.
Vijay is both Parthiban and Leo in Lokesh Kanagaraj's Leo. While the latter is the Thalapathy we're used to (he spins the revolver on his arm before a shot, dances like a dream and well, kicks ass), Parthi gives us a Vijay that we've hardly seen before.
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