5 Career-Defining Performances By Shefali Shah

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​Shefali Shah is soaring high with some of her career-defining releases recently. It’s an absolute treat to watch how the actress evolves with every role and makes an impact on us.

​From playing the mother of a one-year-old girl in the TV show ‘Hasratein’ in 1996 at the age of 21 to playing a fierce DCP handling a gang rape case in ‘Delhi Crime’, Shefali is a spotless actor in her own right.

​Netizens and critics are all praises for her exemplary finesse in the recently-released dark comedy ‘Darlings’, in which she plays Shamshu, Badru’s (Alia Bhatt) on-screen mother and an aspiring home chef.

​And now that the trailer of her next release, ‘Delhi Crime Season 2’ is also out, let’s take a look at her best roles that prove her brilliance as an actor.

​1. Ajeeb Daastaans

​In this Netflix anthology, Shefali plays the character of a married woman who falls in love with a hearing-impaired photographer Kabir played by Manav Kaul. It’s beautiful to watch how the two communicate through sign language.

​2. Jalsa

​Shefali stole the show in the Vidya Balan starrer psychological thriller ‘Jalsa’ that revolved around a hit-and-run involving an 18-year-old girl. While Vidya was great, it was Shefali’s performance as a domestic help that drives the film.

​3. Delhi Crime Season 1

​The series based on the Nirbhaya case won the Best Drama Series at The Emmy Awards in 2020 and turned out to be one of Shefali’s best career-defining performances.

​4. Juice

​This 15-minute short film displays the trials and tribulations of a woman in a typical Indian middle class household who’s expected to serve her husband and his friends. Shefali’s facial expressions to vent her frustration and angst was so convincing and commendable.

​5. Dil Dhadakne Do

​Shefali’s character in the film as an Indian housewife who finds it difficult to get out of her marriage was real and relatable. The particular scene in which she is seen stuffing her face with chocolate to ease her depression was par excellence.

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