1. Highway (2014)
Shattering the stereotype that ‘hero’ roles are the only ones that are successful in Bollywood, his nuanced portrayal of Mahabir, the anti-hero who kidnaps Alia Bhatt’s character won him praise from the audience and critics alike.
2. Sarbjit (2016)
Hooda’s stellar performance as Sarbjit Singh, an Indian man who spent 22 years in a Pakistani jail under the sentence of death for alleged terrorism and spying won him accolades from all parts. In a shining example of commitment to the craft, Hooda lost an incredible amount of weight to essay the role properly, revealing pictures of himself looking stick-thin and unkempt.
3. Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster
Hooda proved he’s equally adept at holding his own in a multi-starrer cast in his role as Babloo, an ambitious young gangster who gets embroiled in a deep web of love, intrigue and treachery with Rani and Raja (played by Mahi Gill and Jimmy Shergill). The film received huge critical acclaim and was a success at the box office as well.
4. Main Aur Charles (2015)
Hooda excelled in his portrayal of charismatic killer Charles Sobhraj in this fictitious thriller based on true events. Apart from excellent performances by Hooda and Richa Chadda, the movie was also warmly appreciated for its impeccable direction, casting and background score.
5. Sultan (2016)
Just as accomplished in a supporting capacity as he is in a lead role, Hooda played the role of MMA coach Fateh Singh to perfection in this Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer. It was a roaring success at the box office, becoming the fifth-highest grosser in history at the time.