Recently, the 2019 IIFA awards were announced and in celebration of 20 years of IIFA, ‘The Special 20 Award’ was introduced. 

Deepika Padukone won The Special 20 Award for Best Actor (Female) for her role in the 2013 romantic comedy Chennai Express. 

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While Chennai Express was a blockbuster, the story and the performances were definitely not the best that Bollywood has seen in the past 20 years. In fact, here are some incredible performances that Bollywood has witnessed over the years that do have a better claim to the award: 

1. Tabu in Astitva

2. Urmila Matondkar in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya

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3. Karisma in Zubeidaa

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4. Tabu in Chandni Bar

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5. Nimrat Kaur in The Lunchbox  

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6. Kareena Kapoor in Chameli

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7. Urmila Matondkar in Ek Hasina Thi

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8. Rani Mukerji in Black

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9. Konkona Sen Sharma in Page 3

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10. Vidya Balan in Parineeta

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11. Kareena Kapoor in Omkara

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12. Priyanka Chopra in Fashion

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13. Kareena in Jab We Met 

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14. Vidya Balan in Ishqiya

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15. Radhika Apte in Parched

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16. Priyanka Chopra in 7 Khoon Maaf

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17. Vidya Balan in The Dirty Picture

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18. Sridevi in English Vinglish

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19. Raveena Tandon in Daman

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20. Priyanka Chopra in Barfi!

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21. Konkona Sen Sharma in Mr. and Mrs. Iyer

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22. Vidya Balan in Kahaani

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23. Deepti Naval in Listen… Amaya

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24. Alia Bhatt in Highway

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25. Kangana Ranaut in Queen

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26. Geetanjali Thapa in Liar’s Dice 

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27. Anushka Sharma in NH10

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28. Kalki Koechlin in Margarita With A Straw

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29. Richa Chadda in Masaan

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30. Swara Bhaskar in Nil Battey Sannata

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31. Alia Bhatt in Raazi

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32. Ratna Pathak Shah in Lipstick Under My Burkha

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33. Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu

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34. Tabu in Andhadhun

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35. Preity Zinta in Kya Kehna

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36. Radhika Madaan and Sanya Malhotra in Pataakha

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37. Konkona Sen Sharma in Wake Up Sid

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38. Deepti Naval in Firaaq

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39. Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill in Dev.D

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40. Gul Panag and Ayesha Takia in Dor

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41. Mahie Gill in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster

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42. Alia Bhatt in Udta Punjab

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43. Priyanka Chopra in Aitraaz

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44. Shweta Tripathi in Haraamkhor

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45. Tabu in Haider

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46. Aishwarya Rai in Raincoat

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47. Karisma Kapoor in Fiza

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48. Tabu in Maqbool

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49. Swara Bhaskar in Anarkali of Aarah

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50. Taapsee Pannu in Pink

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51. Juhi Chawla in My Brother… Nikhil

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52. Urmila in Bhoot

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53. Neena Gupta in Badhaai Ho

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54. Tisca Chopra in Taare Zameen Par

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55. Chitrangada Singh in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi

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Know of any other performances that deserve to be on the list? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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