1. Vicky Kaushal instagram.com What can one say about the man who has done FIVE movies in a year and excelled in each one of them? Though he was a breakout star in 2015, his real breakthrough was this year when he really won hearts in movies like Sanju and Raazi. 2. Ayushmann Khurrana instagram.com Ayushmann's 2018 has been a culmination of the years of work he has put into honing his craft as an actor and an all-round babe. His films, Andhadhun and Badhai Ho were appreciated by, both, the audience and critics alike this year. 3. Sara Ali Khan instagram.com While many were skeptical about Sara Ali Khan because of her illustrious lineage, her interviews and trailers from her movies have proven otherwise. She is articulate and a pleasure to watch, making us all love her a little more. 4. MC Mary Kom Sajjad Hussain / AFP / Getty Images Mary Kom is a legend in the name of boxing but this year she clinched the World Boxing Championship for a whopping sixth time in her career, reminding us all why we're so proud of her and her work. 5. Prajakta Koli instagram.com 2018 has been monumental for this YouTuber as she crossed a million subscribers and went to the United Nations to become a changemaker, all while making us laugh our heads off at her ultra-relatable videos. 6. Hima Das instagram.com Hima Das ran into every Indian's hearts this year by setting the national in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. The "Dhing Express" still has many medals and accolades to win and we can't wait to see her bright future. 7. Pankaj Tripathi instagram.com After the amazing 2017 he had, 2018 was not going to slow Tripathi down as he gave solid performances on screen and online, in Stree and Mirzapur. The ever-charming actor has still years to live in our hearts. 8. Sunil Chhetri indiatoday.in The Indian football team's captain single-handedly made the whole country unite to support the national team with a viral video that moved us all. And, if that's not enough, he also crossed Cristiano Ronaldo's record of most goals in international games in the same year. 9. Aparshakti Khurrana instagram.com While most have often known him as "Ayushmann's brother", 2018 was the year that Aparshakti made an impact on audiences with Stree with his impeccable comic timing and adorable face and there's only more to look forward to, for sure. 10. Lisa Mishra View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Her cover of "Tareefan" got her noticed by Rhea Kapoor and won many, many hearts in India and made her a popular name overnight. Soon enough, she was singing Bollywood songs and was also featured on Badshah's album. What a year it's been for this melodious beauty. 11. Priya Prakash Varrier instagram.com With a wink, Priya Varrier broke the internet and earned millions of followers of Instagram... and she's not even released a movie yet. The 19-year-old has had a fab year winning hearts with her beauty and her voice. 12. Neena Gupta instagram.com While Neenaji (as she's fondly known) is not new to fame or the silver screen, her heartwarming performance in Badhai Ho made everyone sit up and take notice of her. It also helps that her self-loving Instagram captions reaffirms our belief in the beauty of life. 13. Mithali Raj instagram.com Mithali Raj may be a cricket veteran, but this year she not only got the national team to the T20 World Cup semis, but also became the first Indian to score 2000 runs in T20 international games. What an inspiration. 14. Shikha Talsania instagram.com In a movie that has A-listers like Kareena Kapoor, Shikha Talsania stood out for an earnest performance and making us want only more of her on screen in the coming years. 15. Swara Bhasker instagram.com Swara has not just been a face to watch out for as an actor but has also been a firm and bold political voice that we all needed in the current climate in the country, making us fall more in love with her. 16. Radhika Apte instagram.com It may have seemed that Radhika Apte was everywhere you turned this year, but her performances have been consistently stellar every time, holding her own. And she could definitely take a joke, if that (fake) Netflix movie poster was anything to go by. 17. Sushant Divgikar instagram.com An ex-Mr Gay World, Sushant set television screens on fire this year as he appeared in his drag persona "Rani Ko-He-Nur" on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and wowed everyone with his voice. He has also been a very vocal member of the LGBT community, making us all fall deeper for him. 18. Kiara Advani instagram.com After she shocked and impressed audiences with her role in Karan Johar's short in Lust Stories, Kiara Advani was a name everyone suddenly took notice of and now, she's doing a movie with Diljit Dosanjh. What a year for this talented woman. 19. Jameela Jamil instagram.com The Indian-origin British actor took over TV screens with The Good Place. But when she's not playing Tahani, Jamil is a strong feminist voice that promotes body positivity and has called out a lot of useless body standards in entertainment. 20. Nick Jonas instagram.com While this Jonas brother isn't Indian, his marriage to Priyanka Chopra made him a part of the Large Indian Family, with many fans addressing him as "jiju" on comments online as well as in mainstream media. Sure doesn't hurt that he's also easy on the eyes and the ears.