Randeep Hooda portrays the role of a cold-blooded Mahabir Bhatti, a Gujjar with a criminal past. The sensitivity with which he played the character, coupled with the drastic physical changes, was lauded by critics and audiences alike.
Shahid Kapoor stunned one and all in Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' as he played a troubled Kashmiri youth in search of his missing father. A sensitive portrayal, Kapoor completely owned his character Haider.
Sanjay Mishra's role as Bauji in Rajat Kapoor's heart-warming film 'Ankhon Dekhi' was a perfect mix of warm, whimsical and brooding. He showed brilliance even in small roles in films like 'Bhoothnath Returns' and 'Zed Plus'.
With 'Ek Villain', Riteish Deshmukh proves that he is better that the drag-act-comedy roles he is subjected to. Wonderfully chilling as the cold-blooded murderer, Deshmukh manages to shock and awe the audience.
Saqib Saleem has proved his mettle earlier as well in films like 'Bombay Talkies' but his sensitive portrayal of skating coach in Amol Gupte's 'Hawaa Hawaai' won hearts.
They both were revelations. Sharib Hashmi and Inaamulhaq played two men from two warring countries India and Pakistan in Nitin Kakkar's 'Filmistaan' who strike a friendhsip for their common love for Bollywood. The onscreen camaraderie that the two actors shared brought a smile on the viewer's face.
Rajkummar Rao has time and again proved that give him any role and he will play it with ease. Though 'Citlights' got mixed response, audience as well as critics loved Rao's portrayal of a poor Rajasthani who comes to Mumbai to make a living and support his family.
And finally, December was absolutely Aamir Khan's as he played the wide-eyed alien who lands up on earth only to make us introspect our notions on religion. Comical at times, sensitive and innocent in the other, Khan nailed 'PK' perfectly.
While the first half of 2014 saw some commendable performances in Bollywood by lead actors, the second half had more commercial success than critical appreciation. Here are the top performances, in no particular order, by a leading man in 2014.
Naseeruddin Shah's character Khalujaan, in 'Dedh Ishqiya' was a revelation -- served with a perfect mixture of wit, charm, guile and poignancy.