You witness an electric presence on screen where the character's eyes are enough to convey the story then you are definitely hypnotised by the brilliant Shefali Shah.  

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This seasoned actor has been a part of the industry for almost three decades and has left us spellbound with every single role.

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For someone who's played different shades of every woman, it's a daunting task for us to pick a few of her excellent performances. But here we give it a shot:

Marking the start of her career, Shefali garnered many praises for delivering a noteworthy performance in the Gujarati stage drama Ant Vagarni Antakshari. She made her film debut with Rangeela in 1995, albeit she appeared only in a few sequences in the film. 

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Shortly after her debut, she delivered a powerful performance as Pyari Mhatre in the realistic portrayal of the Indian underworld, Satya (1998).

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Her brilliance in the film was recognized as she received the Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress and the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor for the same. What a stunner!

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Monsoon Wedding (2001), starring Naseeruddin Shah, is deemed to be Shefali Shah's milestone in her career. This film was a slap in the face of all the over-the-top depictions of the modern Indian family. It's still relevant today, call it Mira Nair's magic!

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Then came Waqt: A Race Against Time (2005), in which Shefali Shah, although being 5 years younger than Akshay Kumar, didn't hesitate to play his mother and Amitabh Bachhan's wife at the mere age of 33. She willingly accepted the role, unconcerned about being typecast.

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Be it playing Kasturba Gandhi in Gandhi, My Father (2007) or a social activist in Black & White (2008) she has effortlessly shined like the brightest star out there, making us enamored with her tremendous talent. 

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Similarly, talk about her role as Vandana in The Last Lear (2007) for which she received a National Award for the Best Supporting Actress.

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And what do I talk about Shefali in Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) that you wouldn't have noticed? Yes our hearts raced a little quicker for her as she personified grace in her character.

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Extremely poignant was the scene where she harmlessly battled with the conflict in her head while simultaneously balancing it with her obligations in reality.

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And can we ever get over how enthralling her voice is? It's no surprise that Shefali lent her voice to Raksha, the wolf in The Jungle Book (2016)

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Raising the standards for off-beat films, Shefali with Neeraj Kabi in Once Again (2018) was like a glimmer of hope in a hopeless phenomenon called love.

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Her wide eyes pull the curtain off her thoughts, allowing us an entry into her mind.

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Then came a point when I watched Shefali Shah in a short film called Juice. Hands down, I have never witnessed a more refreshing character despite having a perspiring face and weary eyes. Totally worthy of being critically acclaimed

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Perhaps her exhausted ensemble conveyed her story better, something that only Shefali can ace with grace.

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Talking about how she aces characters, we have landed on Richie Mehta's Delhi Crime (2019) where Shefali, in a landmark role yet again dominated with her silence. No wonder it was the first Hindi-language show to win an International Emmy. 

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Shefali gave one of her most powerful performances, demonstrating her innate versatility and the capacity to portray a range of roles flawlessly.

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Then in Netflix anthology Ajeeb Daastaans, Shefali used a weapon that's pretty much exclusive to the actor - her silence. Here, we wonder how is it humanly possible to leave an indelible mark in the hearts of millions without even trying hard?

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Shefali and Manav Kaul's last sequence of Ankahi played in my head on loop, shattering my heart every single time, but it's the discomfort I'm grateful for.

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Needless to say, Shefali Shah is the human avatar of perfection this world needs to talk more about.