Round Up 2019 – Best performances by Female actors in Bengali cinema in 2019
2019 has just ended, it is the time to look back and acknowledge the excellence in the year. In this year we saw more content driven Bengali movies where female actors were not just adding up glamour but they played substantial parts in the film. There were plenty of remarkable performances by the female actors, here comes the list of best performances among them.
1. Swastika Mukherjee (Shah Jahan Regency, Kia And Cosmos) – Swastika Mukherjee is not concerned about doing more number of films rather she is more focused to do challenging characters. In 2019 she appeared in two movies and in both she was in excellent form. In Shah Jahan Regency she brought up an interesting blend of sex appeal and vulnerability. Just like her character Kamalini, she too used her body as well as her intellect to provide the required sex appeal to the character. It was not about how much comfortable she was in exposing her body or saying bold dialogues, it was about how she approached the character and that made it look authentic. She had most of the finest scenes in the film whether it was her first interaction with Rudra or her confrontation with Mrs. Sarkar. Her final act in the film was the best though with a compelling effect on the audience for a longer time. In Kia And Cosmos she played Dia, a single mother of a teenage girl who needs special care. She played a woman who is tired of taking the responsibilities but she is not completely broken, she is strong enough to face her struggles. At one point she shouts to her daughter on the other point she showers love to her after realising her mistake. The character went through a various range of expressions that was well captured on screen by Swastika.
2. Jaya Ahsan (Bijoya, Konttho) – In 2019, Jaya Ahsan showcased her versatility as an actress with three releases. In Bijoya she revisited the character of Paddwa from Bishorjon and once again she won hearts with her sincere performance. She has played many wonderful characters on screen but nothing comes closer to her portrayal of Paddwa she has made it her own. On contrary to the two male leads, Paddwa had very lesser dialogues but she expressed most of the feelings of the character through her expressions. In Konttho Jaya surprised everyone playing a completely different character from her regular on screen image. She played an emotionally stable, mature, independent working woman Romila who has a vibrant personality. She added much needed energy required for this character. Also for the character of a speech therapist she had to work a lot on her voice modulation while delivering her dialogues. She was very much efficient in a particular scene where her character Romila starts teaching Arjun to talk in esophageal voice for the first time.
She was also convincing enough in the challenging character of Saayoni in Robibaar.
3. Ritwika Pal (Kia And Cosmos) – Ritwika Pal is one of the best discovery in recent past. She choose the toughest possible character of her career for her debut and she successfully managed to pull it off. One must praise her for showing courage for making this tough choice for her debut in Kia And Cosmos. From beginning to end she was Kia and you can not see a small portion of Ritwika in her performance for a single moment. Her performance was so much convincing that it is tough to believe that in real life she is not a girl having PDD and she is just acting.
4. Raima Sen (Tarikh) – Despite of the presense of two extremely talented actors like Saswata Chatterjee and Ritwick Chakraborty, Raima Sen was the show stealer in the film Tarikh. She was outstanding in the film. The character had enough scope to prove the acting prowess and she utilized this opportunity with all her abilities specially in the second half when the focus was more on her. She was terrific in the emotional breakdown scene where she received the news of the death of someone very close to her.
5. Konineeca Bannerjee (Mukherjee Dar Bou) – Koneenica Banerjee is a very good actor who is mostly underutilized in some comic supporting characters only. Whenever she gets a chance to showcase her talent she proves her caliber, earlier she had done that in Bilu Rakkhos and again in 2019 with Mukherjee Dar Bou she impressed everyone with her natural performance. She made the character of Aditi very much relatable. Tollywood filmmakers should consider of casting her more in performance oriented characters.
6. Koel Mallick (Mitin Mashi) – For last few years Koel Mallick was irregular with her on screen outing but in 2019, tolly queen made a full fledged comeback with Mitin Mashi. Koel Mallick dominated the film with her powerful performance in the title role. She completely transformed herself to suit the character of Mitin Mashi. She brought subtlety in the character without being too loud asking for attention. She did not only work on her expressions, rather worked hard on her physical transformation as well. As a result, she looked convincing enough in the action scenes.
7. Aparajita Ghosh Dastidar (Rajlokhi O Srikanto) – It was delightful to see Aparajita Ghosh Dastidar playing Annada Didi in Rajlokhi O Srikanto. She played it convincingly and left her mark even in a very short screen time. She effectively captured the helplessness of the married young woman trapped in a unhappy married life. One can sense her inner pain in her eyes. She deserve to be seen much more on big screen.
8. Sudiptaa Chakraborty (Jyeshthoputro) – Sudiptaa Chakraborty is the most underutilized actress of Bengali film industry and sadly the trend continued even in 2019 where she was mostly restricted to supporting characters. But for an actress of her caliber screen time really does not matter, she proved that again in Jyeshthoputro. She did an excellent job as the mentally unstable woman Ila. She brought the required innocence and simplicity in her character without making it look gimmicky. One wish her character would have been more substantial to the plot. After a point the character almost disappeared from screen.
She also stand out with her wonderful performance in the multi starer film Basu Paribaar.
9. Paoli Dam (Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo, Sanjhbati) – In 2019, Paoli Dam did some experiment with her choices with various type of character. She had total five releases, she was likable in almost all but she shined more in the movies Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo and Sanjhbati. In Shantilal O Projapoti Rohoshyo, Paoli Dam had comparatively lesser screen time but whenever she was there on screen she had something meatier to do and she proved her potential in every single scene. Specially she was extra ordinary in the emotional breakdown scene in the climax. In Sanjhbati, Paoli appeared in a very different character than her regular on screen image. Casting her as the talkative maid Phuli was very refreshing. She worked really well with her body language and diction to play a house maid with credibility and she maintained that throughout the film even in the emotional scenes.
She was also impressive in a sensible character in Tritiyo Adhyay.
10. Tuhina Das (Ghawre Bairey Aaj) – After doing bit roles in few movies, in 2019 Tuhina Das appeared in her first lead role in Ghawre Bairey Aaj. After seeing her in the film one must wonder why this talented girl had to wait so long to get her first big break. She beautifully portrayed the inner turmoil of Brinda through her expressions. She brought the innocence required for that character without making it look immature. It was kind of a coming of age story for Brinda and Tuhina Das successfully captured that transformation of the character.
Besides these performances there were few other good performances by actresses mostly in supporting characters which deserves a special mention.
Mamata Shankar – Shah Jahan Regency
Souraseni Moitra- Finally Bhalobasha
Rituparna Sengupta – Ahaa Re, Shah Jahan Regency, Mukherjee Dar Bou
Anashua Majumdar – Mukherjee Dar Bou, Gotro
Srabanti Chatterjee – Googly
Ishaa Saha – Sweater
Aparna Sen – Basu Paribar
Subhashree Gnaguly – Parineeta
Rukmini Maitra – Password
Aparajita Adhya – Mukherjee Dar Bou
Bidipta Chakraborty – Nagar Kirtan, Kedara
Sohini Sarkar – Vinci Da
Gargee Roychowdhury – Jyeshthoputro
Daminee Benny Basu – Jyeshthoputro
Lily Chakraborty – Sanjhbati
Jyotika Jyoti – Rajlokhi O Srikanto