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Year-Ender 2023: From Rajshri Deshpande In 'Trial by Fire' To Suvinder Vicky in 'Kohhra', Best Performances On OTT 

Let’s talk about the most stellar performances on OTT platforms that truly left us asking for more.

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Rajshri Deshpande In 'Trial by Fire' And Suvinder Vicky in 'Kohhra'
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It would not be wrong to say that 2023 has been a remarkable year for Indian entertainment. As for Netflix, a wave of fresh talent stole the limelight with their captivating performances that left audiences asking for more.

Here’s a closer look at some of those OTT performances that won our hearts in 2023:

Rajshri Deshpande in ‘Trial by Fire’

Rajshri Deshpande's portrayal of Neelam Krishnamoorthy in Trial By Fire certainly proved to be a breakthrough moment in her career. She got widely praised by the audience and the critics. In the film, Deshpande played a determined and grieving mother, whose life is shattered by the tragic Uphaar cinema incident that takes the lives of her children. She beautifully conveyed the depth of Neelam's emotions through subtle nuances, and the role is a testimony to her acting prowess. 

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Karishma Tanna in ‘Scoop’

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Karishma Tanna's depiction of Jagruti Pathak, an investigative journalist, in Scoop was loved by the audiences across the globe, and she even got honoured with awards for the Best Actress for Scoop at the Busan Film Festival this year. With sheer determination and perseverance, the actress gave a compelling performance that breathes authenticity into Jagruti, and empowered female characters in the realm of investigative storytelling. 

Tillotama Shome and Amruta Subhash in ‘Lust Stories 2’

In Lust Stories 2, Tillotama Shome and Amruta Subhash managed to give exceptional performances. While Shome brought forth vulnerability with her portrayal of an urban woman navigating the complexities of a forbidden relationship, Amruta effortlessly played a domestic worker caught in an unexpected web of emotions. They both impressed with their acts and shattered societal expectations, while showcasing the complexities of female relationships.

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Suvinder Vicky in ‘Kohhra’

Suvinder Vicky, in the character of Balbir Singh, a seasoned and principled policeman, walked a tightrope between his integrity as a police officer amid a strained relationship with his family. He managed to breathe life into Balbir Singh, and added to the rich tapestry of emotions and depth.

Gulshan Devaiah in 'Guns and Gulabs'

Gulshan Devaiah's portrayal of 4-cut Atmaram in Guns and Gulaabs showcased his versatility. Playing a hired assassin known for his Rampuri knife skills, he impressed everyone with his intense and enigmatic aura. Beyond his ruthlessness and precision, he has an impeccable comic timing, adding a delightful layer of humour to the show.

Babil Khan in ‘Friday Night Plan’ And ‘The Railway Men’

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Babil Khan's performances in Friday Night Plan and The Railway Men is a testament to his dynamic talent as an actor. From a young adult in high school in Friday Night Plan to playing a locomotive driver in The Railway Men, he has shown that he is capable of playing complex characters with depth and emotional sensitivity. He is a rising young talent with a promising future.

Jaideep Ahlawat in ‘Jaane Jaan’

In the riveting crime thriller Jaane Jaan, Jaideep Ahlawat was seen as Naren, a maths instructor who was drawn into a neighbour's murder cover-up. His portrayal of a morally ambiguous character depicts his immense acting prowess, leaving audiences curious about his inner workings. Till the end of the film, he kept the audience guessing, and his performance got all the well-deserved praise.

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Tabu in 'Khufiya'

In Khufiya, Tabu’s performance as Krishna Mehra, the R&AW agent, was unmatched. She brought the character to life with absolute ease, and her subtle expressions convey an array of emotions and words.

Sukant Goel in ‘Kaala Paani’

From a self-serving local tour guide to a reluctant hero, Sukant Goel played Chiranjeevi Prabhu, aka Chiru, in Kaala Paani. And we must say, he was certainly a revelation. His nuanced performance shifts from witty banter to heart-wrenching vulnerability, and his performance is certainly one of the year's standout acts in Kaala Paani.

Kay Kay Menon in ‘The Railway Men’

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Kay Kay Menon's portrayal of Ifteqar Siddiqui in The Railway Men is a masterclass in acting. He played the character of a seasoned railway engineer who deals with personal turmoil amidst professional challenges. He plays a man haunted by his past,and managed to captivate the audiences from one episode to the next, and left a huge impact.

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