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A year of change, debunking norms and challenging stereotypes

They are the best of the best this year. Those who questioned stereotypes, debunked the status quo and made new rules as they went. We bring you those who made 2013 a value-added experience for you and me.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2013 19:04 IST
Jyoti Sharma Bawa
Jyoti Sharma Bawa
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They are the best of the best this year. Those who questioned stereotypes, debunked the status quo and made new rules as they went. We bring you those who made 2013 a value-added experience for you and me.

Deepika Padukone
It is not every year that the most successful actor of the year is actually an actress (apologies, gender police). Deepika Padukone worked in the right films, gave stupendous performances and four of her films were back-to-back hits.

We have been showering epithets on the Khans year after year, but for Deepika we have one that suits her to the T -- game changer.
There's no denying that Deepika Padukone has had a great 2013. With four box-office hits - Race 2, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Chennai Express and Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela - she has clearly earned the title of the most successful actor this year. In terms of performances, she also came into her own.

In an interview to Hindustan Times, Bollywood's current golden girl says to be a game changer in this industry, one need to take risks. "I think it comes out of not worrying about the end result of anything and taking risks. Risk takers are game changers… as are those who work fearlessly," says Deepika.
What we say: Howzzat for women's empowerment?

Farhan Akhtar

With Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,

Farhan Akhtar

once again proved why he aces at everything he does -- directing, producing, acting and singing in films. His performance as Milkha Singh was full-bodied, uninhibited and opened gateway for biopics on sports personalities in India.

He also co-produced Fukrey which went on to become a sleeper hit this year. With a good reason this year, Farhan has left the Khans, Roshans and the Rs 200-crore club behind to clinch the second spot.

What we say:

Well done Farhan well done.

Chennai Express
One of the most talked about films of the year, it was the first entrant to the enviable Rs 200 crore-club. Chennai Express also ended Shah Rukh Khan's not-so-great run at the box office and became a case study for optimal marketing strategy on the social media.
What we say: Don't underestimate the power of the King Khan.

Ranveer Singh
The uncouth 'binnesman' of Band Baaja Baaraat matured into the soft spoken Varun of Lootera this year. Subtle, nuanced and powerful, Ranveer Singh's performance in the Vikramaditya Motwane film came as a revelation. Ranveer followed it up with Ram-leela and his angry young man act in the film which went on to enter the Rs 100 crore-club.
What we say: A star who can act… and did you check out the six pack. Sigh!

Angelina Jolie
As a preventive measure against breast cancer, Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy as a preventive measure. Applauded for her courage to undergo such an operation despite being in the show business, Jolie's example brought a lot of awareness to breast cancer. She even reached out to her fans through a touching blog, which went viral online, explaining how she came to this decision.
What we say: Respect!

Angelina Jolie with partner Brad Pitt

Yo Yo Honey Singh
Same time last year, people were shunning Honey Singh concerts for offensive language in his songs. A Lungi dance and Party all night later, he has become a staple in all Bollywood hits and a star in his own right. His wild child image has won him some enemies in the industry but the number of his powerful friends is much higher. The latest in his kitty is a Vishal Bhardwaj composition penned by Gulzar.
What we say: Nothing sticks to him. Our own Mr Teflon!

Sushant Singh Rajput
One of the most promising debuts of the year is Sushant Singh Rajput. After an inspired performance in Kai Po Che, the actor went on to essay a commitment-phobe in Shuddh Desi Romance. Both films were BO successes and critically well received.
What we say: This TV actor making it big on silver screen reminds us of a certain Fauji.

Indie Films
Indie cinema went mainstream this year with a vengeance. Whether it was the sensitive Lunchbox, the brave Shahid, the gutsy BA Pass or thought-provoking Ship of Theseus, these films were no longer 'parallel'. Proudly veering away from the 100 crore-club mentality, these films were driven by the vision of their directors. These individualistic films see script as their star and not only recover their costs but also make profits.
What we say: Small films don't mean small successes.

Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn, Kiran Rao, Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee
These are the people who knew a good thing when they saw it. Kiran Rao, Dhobi Ghat director and Aamir Khan's wife, lent her name to Ship of Theseus thereby bringing it a lot of attention. Her endeavour was appreciated and perhaps encouraged Karan Johar to present Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox. Ajay Devgn and Brillstein Entertainment Partners have partnered to form LA-based Shivalaya Entertainment to focus on independent films seeking broader appeal. While Banerjee is currently backing Kanu Behl's Titli, Kashyap has set up an entire cottage industry of indie films.
What we say: Grab your popcorn, interesting times ahead.

Karan Johar presented Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox.

Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra had a lot on her plate this year -- starring in 200 crore-club Krrish 3, voicing Ishaani in Hollywood film Planes and her foray into pop music. She sang In My City with US singer and worked with US rapper Pitbull for Exotic. Her selfies with Hollywood and American music's A-listers were never ending.
What we say: Quite Exotic, huh?

100 Years of Indian Cinema
A century ago, the monochrome pixels of Raja Harishchandra opened the innings of Indian cinema. The film industry was celebrated for its vibrant, vivacious and thought provoking content. Film festivals around the world paid tributes to it and Indians had long discussions about which film best represents the industry that is Bollywood.
What we say: Sholay, Sholay and - once again - Sholay.

With its sense of documentary realism, Gravity changed the way we looked at sci-fi films in Hollywood. A survival drama set in outer space, it made other filmmakers sit up and take notes on how one can make a world far, far away look so real. The great special effects were just one part of the film's charm though. The film excels in storytelling and character delineation as well.
What we say: It looks so real, did they shoot it in outer space?

Sequels as top grossers

Whether it was Hollywood or Bollywood, sequels sat pretty on top of the charts list. Interestingly, in both the industries, it was a superhero franchise which emerged as the big winner. If we had our desi Krrish, they had the far more fancier Iron Man 3. We love them both!

What we say:

It is always better the second time over.

Kapil Sharma
Thank you Kapil for giving us our night-time funnies which are not vulgar, not clichéd and not forced (well, mostly). Also, thank you were making us see our favourite Bollywood stars funny side up.
What we say: Can we have Guthi back on the show too?

Anil Kapoor
Saas bahu is equal to Indian TV? Well, not any more thanks to Anil Kapoor. With 24, he ushered in tight scripts, controlled melodrama, great production values and an a-lister star cast. He also made us believe that there was a world beyond evil saas and manipulative bahus. Next year, get ready to see Big B in a show helmed by Anurag Kashyap.
What we say: Can we stop downloading American series and start watching primetime Indian TV instead?

First Published: Dec 27, 2013 17:14 IST