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Bollywood Divas who rocked 2014!

Priyanka Chopra


New Delhi, Dec. 15 -- It's the ladies who shone this year! From biopics on women achievers to heroine-centric films, Bollywood's leading women have had plenty of films to showcase their talent.

Even as actor Anushka Sharma gets set to close out 2014 with a big release - her only one this year - industryindust experts share their thoughts on which female actor gave us the best performance.

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha says it's been a landmark year for the leading ladies of Bollywood. "I guess Kangana (Ranaut) tops the chart; then come Priyanka (Chopra) and Deepika (Padukone). Even Shraddha (Kapoor) gave a commendable performance this year," he says. Trade expert Atul Mohan, whose top pick is Alia Bhatt, adds: "Kangana also surprised us all with Queen."

For trade expert Amod Mehra, too, Kangana has been a stand-out performer this year, along with actor Priyanka Chopra. "Both of them are the heroines of the year. Also, Alia Bhatt gained popularity and box-office success, and Deepika (Padukone) sustained her success rate this year with Happy New Year," he explains.

Despite many heroines such as Katrina Kaif having only one release this year, Mohan points out that younger actresses may have taken over now.

But some veterans did make a mark. "Rani Mukerji gave a us stellar performance in Mardaani. She deserves a special mention in this list," he says.