Why: Ranveer Singh started off 2018 as Alauddin Khilji, a 13th century Muslim ruler who is unabashedly evil and ruthless. By the end of the year he was Sangram Bhalerao, an immensely likeable cop with a questionable moral compass, from a small town in Maharashtra. A few weeks later, in February 2019, he was Murad, a diffident wannabe rapper from Mumbai’s Dharavi slums. Each of these films, Padmaavat, Simmba and Gully Boy, belong to vastly different worlds and Singh fit into each with ease, owning each part with aplomb. Unlike stars of earlier generations, Singh doesn’t burden his films with the baggage of his big off-screen personality. On screen, and even in a masala movie where anything goes, Singh is what the character needs him to be. His disruptive film choices make him the most exciting and versatile star of his generation.
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