This was a fun category! I’m glad I added it last minute. The actors who managed to take a dull underwritten part and turn it into something.
2018 Best Performance in a Bad Role
Vicky Kaushal in Raazi: 3 votes
Jim Sarbh in Padmavat: 2 votes
Katrina in Thugs of Hindostan: 1 vote
Radhike Apte in Andhadhun: 1 vote
You know, Radhike would have swept this category just a few years ago. Good for Radhike! Finally breaking out of those underwritten parts. Her role in Andhadhun isn’t great (Tabu’s is way way better) but at least it has some fun little quirks and scenes.
And then there’s Katrina on the way down, oddly turning into a better actress than she was on the way up. Now that she finally has the skills, no one is giving her the leading parts she could probably carry now. Well, at least not in 2018. It’s possible things will be better in 2019, if she has a decent part in Bharat.
Vicky broke out just this year, started the year in an underwritten love interest role, and then took on an impossible “best friend” part and made it soar and now isn’t looking back. I doubt he will have to deal with as bad a role as he had in Raazi ever again.