Manoj Bajpayee: Always known as a dependable actor, Bajpayee delivered a masterful act as the goofy spy in The Family Man. Striking a balance between his family life and his rigorous work schedules, Manoj plays the unassuming part with the desired affability. It's because of him that the show is touted as one of the best works to come out of India this year.
Richa Chaddha: Amongst the few to have the farsight of tapping into the potential of a show on OTT platforms, Richa was the first mainstream actress to take the leap of faith. Her character Zarina has shades of grey but Richa renders to her an irresistible quality. She is shrewd and manipulative, holding her ground in a man's world but Richa makes Zarina aspirational, nonetheless.
Pankaj Tripathi: Pankaj is the decade's most precious find amongst actors. His advent in Bollywood was sudden but he incidentally is the internet's favourite child. As Kaleen Bhai in Mirzapur, Pankaj put up a menacing front. But it was as the good-natured Guruji in Sacred Games and his evil designs that the actor won hearts.
Shefali Shah: In a country where cop acts catch people's fancied, Shefali broke the rut with a palpable performance. Known for her acting chops, the actress plays a tough cop entrusted with the responsibility of nabbing the rapists of a young girl. The series' central case is fashioned on the Nirbhaya rape case and the narrative plays out like police procedural but it's Shefali who keeps the show thrilling with her first-rate act.
Angad Bedi: He is unflinching as Arvind Vashisht in Inside Edge. The actor took to the part like a glove, using his prior experience in the sport to play the part to the tee. He is dynamic and spirited in his act and every bit believable as the robust team skipper holding a bunch of novices together. Angad followed it up with a courtroom drama Verdict and then a crime drama, MumBhai - which is in the making still.
Shweta Tripathi: As Golu in Mirzapur and Shreya in the second instalment of Laakhon Mein Ek, the actress proved her mettle with long format digital shows. It's the latter in which she plays a crusading medical practitioner that makes a mark. The eight-part series saw the actress imbuing the role with her sincerity and making her winsome.
Vikrant Massey: Though he made his shift from television to movies early on, he was a revelation on shows like Criminal Justice and the popular Broken but beautiful. It's the latter that spoke about the baggage of past relationships, in which he solidified his position with female fans as he played the heartbroken Vir struggling with the loss of his wife, trying to move on.
Sobhita Dhulipala: Though she made her mark with Raman Raghav 2.0, the actress moved to the top league with her top-notch act as Tara Khanna in Zoya Akhtar's Made in Heaven. The actress plays Tara as likeable and devious in equal measures and was amongst the most notable performances of the year. The show returns with a much-awaited second season next year.