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Best Female Debuts of 2017: Mahira, Saba and others who won our hearts
Mahira Khan as Aasiya Alam
It was nothing short of a dream debut for any actress as debutante Mahira Khan got a chance to star opposite none other than the King of Romance, superstar Shah Rukh Khan. The Pakistani actress made her Bollywood debut in ‘Raees’ and delivered a good performance playing Raees's (SRK’s character) love interest. Her pairing with SRK looked fresh and was great especially in songs ‘Zaalima’ and ‘Udi Udi Jaye’. Her character Aasiya provided a good support in the film and therefore found a place in everyone's hearts and our list of Best Female Debut of 2017.
Saba Qamar as Meeta Batra
Undoubtedly, one of the most brilliant and promising debuts of 2017 was actress Saba Qamar’s performance in ‘Hindi Medium’. The Pakistani actress delivered a controlled performance with a panache and went on to win hearts. She had a superb chemistry with co-star Irrfan Khan. It was their scenes that perfectly made this light-hearted situational comedy based on social issues a must watch for everyone. Certainly, it is now hard to even imagine anyone in Bollywood playing the role as Saba did.
Sajal Ali as Arya
Sajal Ali’s character Arya in ‘MOM’ was nothing short of impactful and terrific. Her character gave her immense scope to showcase her fantastic acting talent and she delivered a powerful performance. There were some sequences where her acting as a rape victim literally makes you feel about the character’s pain, even giving goosebumps. Indeed, it is one of the best promising performances of 2017.
Anya Singh as Bindu
‘Qaidi Band’ showcased a riveting tale of a group of undertrials with an interesting premise and some crackling performances. Among the principal cast, debutante Anya Singh’s performance surely stood out of all and she turned out to be the true blue rockstar in this musical drama. Her raw energy and heartfelt innocence left many impressed. And indeed, Anya’s infectious energy and honesty managed to make a mark.
Padmapriya as Radha Menon
Filmmaker Raja Krishna Menon’s ‘Chef’ was a official remake of an American film of the same name. Though the movie was a disaster at the box office, it received acclaim for the performances. And amongst all, it was debutante Padmapriya’s brilliant and matured performance that left a deep impression. She did complete justice to the role and indeed it is one of the best promising performances of 2017.
Parvathy as Jaya Shashidharan
A popular name and established performer in South Indian films, actress Parvathy’s Hindi film debut in ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ did leave an impact. Her performance in the film stood equal to her co-star Irrfan Khan’s one, especially in the comic sequences. Their chemistry was indeed a treat to watch. One of the most amazing thing about her character Jaya was when she looked into the camera and started interacting with the audiences. Parvathy was perfect for this role.