Best Male Performances in the last 10 years: Top 5

Considering the number of movies Bollywood churns out every year, it is an uphill task to select 5 best performances of one particular year. But hold your breath; here we are with the list of 5 Best male leading performances in the last 10 years (2003-2012).

It is possible that many of you would not appreciate the exclusion of today’s most popular superstars, but the fact is, we have compiled the list giving equal weight-age to two most important factors – the magnitude of acting skills as a particular character and the commercial acceptance of the movie.

It goes without saying that 3 Idiots, Om Shanti Om, Dabangg, Krrish, Dhoom 2 and Ghajini are amongst the most successful movies in the last 10 years with rock solid performances by the leading male stars. Also there have been some path breaking and critically acclaimed performances like Guzarish, Swades, A Wednesday, Paa, My Name is Khan, Tere Naam, Guru and Jodha Akbar. But the performances which have surpassed all these and emerged as the Top 5 Best Male performances of Bollywood in the last decade are:

Shahrukh Khan - Hrithik Roshan

Shahrukh Khan – Hrithik Roshan

Chak De! India (2007, Shah Rukh Khan as Kabir Khan): Directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Yash Raj Films, Chak De is the story of captain Kabir Khan who is accused of deliberately losing a game of hockey to Pakistan, which controversially ends his promising career. Hidden behind a scruffy beard, SRK delivers his most intense performance ever. Out of all the different characters that Shahrukh has portrayed on-screen, Kabir Khan is arguably his most realistic. He is a man that you could possibly meet in real life, and Shahrukh’s performance in the film reflects this. Along with Swades, it’s one of those rare films where SRK the superstar gave way to SRK the actor.

Koi Mil Gaya (2003, Hrithik Roshan as Rohit): Who would have thought that an actor who looks like a Greek God could successfully play a mentally challenged adult? That too at the absolute lowest point of his career? KMG, without doubt one of the best sci-fi movies to come out of Bollywood, is roughly along the same lines as Hollywood classic E.T. But it was Hrithik’s outstanding performance that provided the knockout punch as the film went on to be the year’s highest grosser. KMG’s success converted it to a successful franchise as it has now spawned into 2 sequels (Krrish and Krrish 3).

Sanjay Dutt - Ranbir Kapoor - Amitabh Bachchan

Sanjay Dutt – Ranbir Kapoor – Amitabh Bachchan

Munnabhai MBBS (2003, Sanjay Dutt as Munna Bhai): Easy! Sanjay Dutt will forever be remembered for his epic portrayal of Munna, one of the most loved characters in Bollywood history. Such is the sheer impact of his performance, that it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the iconic role of Munnabhai. Dutt excelled in comedy, emotion, action, romance in both the films including the second part in the series – Lage Raho Munnabhai.

Barfi! (2012, Ranbir Kapoor as Barfi): Playing a deaf and mute character, Ranbir proved once again why his climb to the top was just a matter of time. The actor successfully managed to convey a diversity of moods without uttering a single word. His act was heart-touching and shattered the myth that people with disability have a gloomy and grief stricken life. After Rockstar in 2011, Ranbir won his second back-to-back Filmfare Best Actor award.

Black (2005, Amitabh Bachchan as Debraj Sahai): After ruling the 80s and 90s with memorable performances, Amitabh Bachchan makes it to this list too. This speaks of his greatness as an actor, who is competing with actors half his age. In this Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s classic, the character of Debraj Sahai demanded eccentricity and he delivered. Bachchan’s portrayal of a stubborn teacher complimented the character of Rani perfectely and proved to be a pillar of support for her. The gradual dominance of Alzheimer’s disease is most natural and the scenes in which Debraj is taken over by the disease show the real talent within Big B. To be honest, we are short of superlatives for this great man. It’s an enriching experience to watch him perform with utmost dedication.

That’s our list, do post your views on the Best male leading performances of the last decade in the comments section below.

Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma

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70 Comments

  • @indicine:make a list of top 5 vesatile actor of bollywood…no doubts among recent actors, hrithik,amir,srk,ranbir are versatile..among actress, vidya,pc,bebo are versatile




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  • In my opinion, the top 10 best performances since 2003 are :-

    1. Amitabh Bachchan in Black
    2. Ranbir Kapoor in Barfi
    3. Shahrukh Khan in Chak De India
    4. Naseeruddin Shah in A Wednesday
    5. Hrithik Roshan in Guzaarish
    6. Hrithik Roshan Jodha Akbar
    7. Ranbir Kapoor in Rockstar
    8. Aamir Khan in Ghajini
    9. Saif Ali Khan in Omkara
    10. Sanjay Dutt in Lage Raho MunnaBhai

    Also a special mention to Pankaj Kapur for Maqbool & Aamir Khan for Rang De Basanti




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  • @ahemad:salman didnt deserve for tere naam.hrithik was better in koi mil gaya as he had to play the role of not a simple child,but an mentally abnormal child which he played very nicely.same in 2010,salman didnt deserve for dabbang.other than srk,if aoy1 deserved is hrithik for guzaaris…thnq




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  • ok 1 more list by me, in which i give my “all-time favorite performances” of the top 10 stars :-

    1. Amitabh Bachchan:- Black, Deewar & Agneepath
    2. Aamir Khan:- Lagaan, Andaaz Apna Apna & Rangeela
    3. Salman Khan:- Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Tere Naam & Dabangg
    4. Shahrukh Khan:- Chak De India, DDLJ & Darr
    5. Ajay Devgn:- Company, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam & Gangajal
    6. Akshay Kumar:- Hera Pheri & Welcome
    7. Saif Ali Khan:- Omkara, Love Aaj Kal & Parineeta
    8. Hrithik Roshan:- Guzaarish, Jodha Akbar & Agneepath
    9. Ranbir Kapoor:- Barfi, Rockstar & Rocket Singh
    10. Imran Khan:- Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola & Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na..

    P.S.- These are my only favorite performaces of these stars & my Fav Films might NOT be the same.
    Also the stars are numbered according to seniority only.




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  • Completely agree with the list. Those who are saying aamir for gajini should watch tamil version. Surya was far better. Vikram got national award for tere naam tamil version. Hrithik was superb in KMG, he deserved to be in the list. But i prefer swadesh over chak de india for sharukh. Out of these 5 top actors, amitabh bachan was awesome. No words to describe his performance. Sanjay dutt was excellent but munna bhai is a role meant for him like dabaang for salman.




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  • Almost perfet list.
    But to be honest…
    In MBBS it was not the complexity of the role but the script which won the millions of heart.
    Rest all the roles in the list were too complex and needed real talent to portray it on screen.
    Sanjay dutt’s name could be replaced by Aamir Khan from Laggan.




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  • @Ahmed You should either subscribe to the fact that awards are bought or earned. You cant have it both ways. Just because you dont think someone deserved it doesnt mean they bought the award. By your regard then Ranbir outbid the others to win his award

    My best 5 in no particular order
    SRK – Chak de
    Aamir – RDB
    Salman – Veer
    Baba – Munnabhai MBBS
    Saif – Omkara




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  • 1. SRK – Swades/ChakDe/My Name Is Khan
    2. Amitabh – Black/Paa
    3. Hrithik – Koi Mil Gaya/Guzarish
    4. Ranbir – Rockstar/Barfi
    5. Aamir – Laggan
    6. Shahid – Kaminay
    7. Saif – Omkara




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  • Frankly speaking any article of bollywood is utter crap without Aamir & Salman.They are the two trendsetting machines in raising the standards of bollywood in terms of collections to the overseas range by grossing 135 cr worldwide & the 1st Indian film in 100 cr club worldwide 1st film to open in overseas market & 3 idiots still the no.1 hindi film in overseas 4 years after its release ,producing meaningful movies for children – taare zameen par & chillar party which grabbed 2 – 3 national awards,they never accept awards nor even want to nominate them,they never believe in no.1 position or never self proclaim themselves as they are the king,queen etc..etc… of bollywood.They continuously keep changing their look,hairstyle & body language accordingly to their film’s need.They never stuck to some banners,directors or producers.They are the only superstars who took their films to the 300 cr club.The only two actors to deliver most number of all time blockbuster hits in most genres Aamir khan Love – Raja hindustani.Action -Ghajini.Comedy – 3 idiots.Salman khan is the only actor to have all time blockbusters & blockbusters in all genres Love – Maine pyaar kiya (Atbb),Family drama – Hum aapke hain koun (Atbb),Action – Dabangg (Atbb),Comedy – Ready & Partner (blockbusters).
    Does this qualities are not enough to prove who are the best performers and complete actors.The way filmfare didn’t award Aamir for 3 idiots & Salman for Dabangg itself proves how biased & crap are these awards.
    I hope everyone understands the difference between them & these dumbs who buy & attend awards excluding big b & sanju.




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  • When its comes to acting Aamir khan is miles ahead of others.Aamir in “Ghajini” was the best male performance in the last 10 years and even Akshay gave his award to Aamir.also his performance in “Rang de basanti”,”Fanaa” and “3 idiots” were outstanding.




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  • @ahmed:nice joke dude…if 1 can buy awards den amitabh wud ve bot awards fr his soon…nd present times sallu wud ve bot all awards…nd hrithik’s dad is not richest of men in bwood to buy…he was terrific in d movie nd kmg ws highst grossing movie of 2003 with huge margin.he earnd it….salman seriously shudnt b nominated @ all fr bst actor..he is gud at comedy and action but so weak in emotional scenes…dts y he hasnt got 1




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  • if one could buy awards…saif would hav bought all awards as he is the richest in bwood…
    dont blabber…salman doesnt deserve awards…he has got nothing to gt awards…




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  • Hrithik Roshan must be on Top for Koi Mil Gaya. It’s one of the best performance of his career. No one could act as Mentally Retarded as He did. Only Anil Kapoor did best act as Mentally Retarded in Ishwaar. Srk in MNIK and Ajay Devgan in Main Aisa Hi Hoon was a Joke.

    Srk must be in second position for his act in Chalte Chalte, CDI, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam.




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  • i saw a guy who says akshay kumar’s best performance is in ROwdy Rathore….seriously? best in what ? copying scenes from the telugu movie Vikramarkudu… akshay was never a good actor, neither is nor will be




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  • @afraz, jeeeez you really are an Ignoramus, get this through your thick empty skull, awards are bought by those who crave awards…! Aamir and Salman do not crave awards and wont wish to be nominated neither. In south, Kamal Hassan too has requested to never again be nominated for awards as he too does not care much for them.
    Everyone and their dog knows that Awards are handed out to anyone interested in buying them or willing to making an arse out of themselves through being insulted by the third grade host/s or having to perform on stage like a nautanki jackass.
    Just for the record- Salman only performs or hosts award shows so that the organisers make a donation to the ‘Being Human’ foundation who carry out charitable work. You for one should be pleased to know that ‘Being Human’ sponsor Mental Asylums where your fellow sick minded srkian comrades ‘xzone’, ‘star’, ‘king’ and that joke of a wrestler- ‘john cena fan’ receive free electrical shock treatment. If you do not wise up ‘afraz’ then you could be joining them in a nearby cell too…! :-P




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