2018 has been a good year for Bollywood. The Hindi film industry was able to produce more content-driven films that were accepted by the audience at the Box Office. With the failure of films like Race 3, Thug of Hindostan and Zero, the industry saw the rejection of star-driven content by the audience for the first time. While the Khans took their biggest learning from the year, 2018 also established that audience needs more actors and lesser heroes in films. Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao and Vicky Kaushal portrayed a real-life leading man on-screen and collected love from the audience in lieu. This year also remained amazing for the actors who were able to leave their footprints on the audience’s hearts despite not being in leading roles. Here’s the list of the top seven supporting actors who definitely bookmarked 2018 as their best year on-screen:

1. Jim Sarbh:
The man was successful in creating some buzz with his debut Hindi film, Neerja, that released in January 2016. He rang the bell in the audience’s minds by appearing as Malik Kafur in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat this year. The actor played the character of a homosexual, something that doesn’t get an easy acceptance in the Indian culture. However, his performance made the audience sit up and notice. Sarbh’s performance in song Binte Dil made for one of the best moments from the film. Watch it here:

2. Vicky Kaushal:
Rajkummar Hirani’s Sanju, starring Ranbir Kapoor was one of the most awaited films of the year. While its Box Office performance finally brought back Ranbir in the game, it also did wonders for Vicky Kaushal. The actor played the character of Sanju’s best friend, named Kamlesh Kanhaiyalal Kapasi aka Kamli. He lit up the screen with liveliness and humour in every scene. The way he held on to the Gujarati accent added more to his performance in Sanju. Here’s how he got into his character:

3. Pankaj Tripathi:
2018 helped Pankaj Tripathi became an important name for the Hindi cinema audience. He was seen in many web shows, but the movie-goers remember him as the ‘Rudra Bhaiya’ of Stree, the man who kept teaching boys various ways to escape the female ghost in the film. In an exclusive interview with India.com earlier, he revealed that he improvised a lot while performing the character in the film. The improvisation worked so well that one of his dialogues from Stree became instantly viral: “Sabka Aadhar Link Hai Uske Paas“. Watch this:

4. Gajraj Rao:
Ever since his film debut in 1994, this was for the first time Gajraj Rao garnered popularity for his performance in a film. He played the character of Jeetender Kaushik, father of Nakul Kaushik, essayed by Ayushmann Khurrana in the film. Paired opposite Neena Gupta, Rao played a character which didn’t just add humour to the story but also became relatable. The wife-loving-man-but-son-fearing-father won many hearts. Here’s something to refresh the memory:

5. Ashutosh Rana:
Ever since he played the dreadful Lajja Shankar Pandey in 1999 Hindi film, Sangharsh, Ashutosh Rana carved a niche for himself as one of the best villains on screen. Audience love to hate him and they did the same when he appeared as Ratan Singh, father of Parthavi, a character played by Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadak this year. The actor essayed the role of a staunch father who could do anything in the name of caste and class. His performance as a father who didn’t think twice before killing his daughter’s husband and kid, is etched in the audience’s minds. Rana once again proved no one else can look more barbaric than him on screen. Check this out:

Who was your favourite supporting actor of 2018?