Ratna Pathak Shah - One of the most talked about film of the year had one of the most daring characters ever portrayed by a 55-year-old woman. Ratna Pathak Shah received a tremendous applause for her portrayal of Usha the respected ‘Buaji’ who runs the family business, but who covertly reads Hindi erotic fiction at night.
Bhumi Pednekar - Bhumi Pednekar's role in Shubh Mangal Saavdhaan earned her another batch of appreciation for playing a strong-minded middle-class woman who supports her fiancée throughout and makes him believe in himself, while herself learning about erectile dysfunctional.
Vidya Balan - 2017 saw Vidya Balan's return to her glorious self with Suresh Triveni's Tumhari Sulu. Balan as Sulu is a delight! She charms her way through with alluring laughter and a voice quality that should’ve been tapped by Bollywood long back.
Zaira Wasim - After impressing us with her fierce role in Dangal, young actor Zaira Wasim mesmerised everyone as Insiya in Secret Superstar. Zaira, as a 15-year-old from a middle-class Muslim family in Vadodara who dreams of becoming a famous singer, is endearing.
Swara Bhaskar - After Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's Pink, Anaarkali of Araah takes the conversation forward on the importance of consent. Because it doesn't matter if you belong to the elite strata of the society with a high-flying job or a singer who sings songs with double meaning in a small town- you have the right to say 'No'.