As the International Emmy Awards 2023 nominations roll in, one name stands out in the Best Performance by an Actress category—Shefali Shah. Her portrayal in the Netflix drama series ‘Delhi Crime 2’ has earned her a well-deserved spot among esteemed artists from around the world. Yet, this is not the first time Shefali Shah has left a lasting impression with her performances. Throughout her career, she has masterfully embodied the essence of Indian women in various roles, capturing their resilience, strength, and complexity. Join us as we revisit remarkable moments when Shefali Shah’s portrayals of Indian women touched our hearts and resonated with audiences worldwide.
1. Neelam Mehra, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’
The character of Neelam Mehra depicts the struggle of every woman caught in a toxic marriage. Shefali Shah portrays the role of an elite woman who’s caught between her husband’s infidelity and maintaining a spotless image in society.
While she struggles to survive in her unhappy marriage, she also fails to appreciate her daughter’s courageous decision to move out of her unhappy marriage.
And, one scene, where she stole our hearts was the breakdown scene. Without saying a word, she screamed the frustration and pain of her character, who felt suffocated in a tiring marriage.
2. Natasha, ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’
In this short film, Shefali portrays a character of a woman, who is unhappy in her marriage. As she struggles between caring for her disabled child and an apathetic husband, she finds happiness in a relationship outside her marriage. However, reality gets her and leaves her in a situation that many could relate to.
3. Manju, ‘Juice’
This short film managed to connect with many women, who have either faced a similar situation or have seen their moms or aunts be in it. In this powerful hard-hitting short film, Shefali plays the role of a wife who keeps on serving her husband and his friends. The film shows how a group of men enjoy while women sweat in the kitchen to make delicacies. With hardly any dialogues, Shefali portrays the frustrations of wives whose lives revolve around unpaid labor. (Also Read:Best Short Films Like Juice That You Must Watch Right Now)
4. DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, ‘Delhi Crime’
Delhi Crime is Shefali’s one of the finest performances of all time. Her breakthrough role in the series made her one of the most popular faces in the OTT domain. Delhi Crime is an International Emmy Award-winning series, focusing on a journey of a DCP officer (Shefali Shah) investigating a gruesome case while also being an empathetic mother to her daughter. The series portrays her inner conflicts as she tries to navigate her personal and professional life. She once again won our hearts with the Delhi Crime sequel and nabbed an Emmy Nomination for the same.
5. Shamshu, Darlings
Shefali Shah as Shamshu in Netflix’s latest dark comedy-drama Darlings won so many hearts. Shamshu, whose daughter struggles in a toxic marriage, keeps encouraging her daughter to move out of clutches of the abusive husband. With unshakable energy and confidence, Shamshu is a role model for many women across the country. Shamshu is a strong woman, who raised her daughter single-handedly without the help of any men. How she stood next to her daughter in every step makes you applaud this courageous woman! Once again Shefali Shah won our hearts with her powerful portrayal of a courageous woman!
Special Mention: Other than the above, Shefali also delivered a great performance in the series Human and the movie Jalsa and Monsoon Wedding.
In Jalsa, along with Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah managed to impress the audience with her unbelievable performance, where her eyes do most of the talking.
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