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. 

Deepika in Chennai Express
Source: HT

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

Tabu in Astitva
Source: letstalkaboutbollywood

2. Urmila Matondkar in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya

Urmila Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya
Source: inUth

3. Karisma in Zubeidaa

Karishma Zubeidaa
Source: YouTube

4. Tabu in Chandni Bar

Tabu Chandni Bar
Source: cinestaan

5. Nimrat Kaur in The Lunchbox  

Nimrat Kaur The Lunchbox
Source: imdb

6. Kareena Kapoor in Chameli

Kareena Chameli
Source: Netflix

7. Urmila Matondkar in Ek Hasina Thi

Urmila Ek Hasina Thi
Source: Netflix

8. Rani Mukerji in Black

Rani Mukerji Black
Source: Filmfare

9. Konkona Sen Sharma in Page 3

Konkona Sen Page 3
Source: YouTube

10. Vidya Balan in Parineeta

Vidya Balan Parineeta
Source: Zee News

11. Kareena Kapoor in Omkara

Kareena Omkara
Source: imdb

12. Priyanka Chopra in Fashion

Fashion Priyanka
Source: imdb

13. Kareena in Jab We Met 

Kareena Jab We Met
Source: HT

14. Vidya Balan in Ishqiya

Vidya Ishqiya
Source: Blogspot

15. Radhika Apte in Parched

Radhika Apte Parched
Source: TOI

16. Priyanka Chopra in 7 Khoon Maaf

Priyanka Chopra 7 khoon maaf
Source: Mumbai Mirror

17. Vidya Balan in The Dirty Picture

Vidya Balan Dirty Picture
Source: New Indian Express

18. Sridevi in English Vinglish

Sridevi English Vinglish
Source: jfwonline

19. Raveena Tandon in Daman

Raveena Daman
Source: mumbailive

20. Priyanka Chopra in Barfi!

Priyanka Barfi
Source: minority-review.

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

Konkona Mr Mrs Iyer
Source: The Hindu

22. Vidya Balan in Kahaani

Vidya Kahaani
Source: TOI

23. Deepti Naval in Listen... Amaya

Deepti Naval Listen Amaya
Source: Rediff

24. Alia Bhatt in Highway

Alia Highway
Source: IndiaTvnews

25. Kangana Ranaut in Queen

Kangana Queen movie
Source: India Today

26. Geetanjali Thapa in Liar's Dice 

Geetanjali Liar's Dice
Source: Vimeo

27. Anushka Sharma in NH10

Anushka NH10

28. Kalki Koechlin in Margarita With A Straw

Kalki Margarita With A Straw
Source: livemint

29. Richa Chadda in Masaan

Richa Chadda Masaan
Source: Youthkiawaaz

30. Swara Bhaskar in Nil Battey Sannata

Swara Nil Battey Sannata
Source: Scroll

31. Alia Bhatt in Raazi

Alia Raazi
Source: TOI

32. Ratna Pathak Shah in Lipstick Under My Burkha

Ratna Pathak Lipstick Under My Burkha
Source: Indian Express

33. Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu

Tumhari Sulu Vidya Balan
Source: feminisminindia

34. Tabu in Andhadhun

Source: Indian Express

35. Preity Zinta in Kya Kehna

Preity Kya Kehna
Source: YouTube

36. Radhika Madaan and Sanya Malhotra in Pataakha

Pataakha movie
Source: India Today

37. Konkona Sen Sharma in Wake Up Sid

Konkona Wake Up Sid
Source: imdb

38. Deepti Naval in Firaaq

Deepti naval firaaq
Source: Bollywood Hungama

39. Kalki Koechlin and Mahie Gill in Dev.D

Dev. D poster
Source: Rediff

40. Gul Panag and Ayesha Takia in Dor

Dor movie poster
Source: baramdekidhoop.wordpress

41. Mahie Gill in Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster

Saheb Biwi Gangster Mahie Gill
Source: charmboard

42. Alia Bhatt in Udta Punjab

Alia Bhatt Udta Punjab
Source: Indian Express

43. Priyanka Chopra in Aitraaz

Priyanka Aitraaz
Source: justformoviefreaks

44. Shweta Tripathi in Haraamkhor

Shweta Tripathi Haraamkhor
Source: koimoi

45. Tabu in Haider

Tabu haider

46. Aishwarya Rai in Raincoat

Aishwarya Rai Raincoat
Source: imdb

47. Karisma Kapoor in Fiza

Karishma Fiza
Source: YouTube

48. Tabu in Maqbool

Maqbool movie
Source: Indian Express

49. Swara Bhaskar in Anarkali of Aarah

Swara Anarkali of Aarah
Source: Firspost

50. Taapsee Pannu in Pink

Taapsee Pannu Saathiya
Source: filmibeat

51. Juhi Chawla in My Brother... Nikhil

My brother nikhil poster
Source: Cinestaan

52. Urmila in Bhoot

Urmila Bhoot
Source: YouTube

53. Neena Gupta in Badhaai Ho

Neena Badhaai Ho
Source: images

54. Tisca Chopra in Taare Zameen Par

Tisca Taare Zameen Par
Source: quora

55. Chitrangada Singh in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi

Chitrangada Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi
Source: avstv

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

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