As we have a hero in our Bollywood films, we do have their arch-nemesis – Villain. These are the most hatred guys in Bollywood. The dirtier the dialogue delivered, the more loved is the villain by the audience. A villain should be loved to be hated to create a lasting impact on audience after they leave the theater. Audience love to see hero bashing villain in the climax to make a happy ending but over the years, the characters of villains have evolved with most badass punching lines that they basically own the movie and hero becomes a mere character.
Let us look at the villains who have graced the silver screen with their iconic performances :-
1. Amrish Puri
Starting his Hollywood career as the main villain “Mola Ram” in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) , Amrish Puri became popular playing the role of Mogambo. The dialogue “Mogambo Khush Hua” from the film Mr.India (1987) is probably the most famous dialogue in Indian cinema. Having starred in over more than 400 films, Amrish Puri also played pivotal villain roles in films like Ghayal, Damini, Koyala and Gadar-Ek Prem Katha. Amrish Puri also played character roles in films like Ghatak, Virasat and Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hain which was much appreciated.
2. Prem Chopra
The actor behind the popular dialogues “Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra” and “Nanga nahayega kya aur nichorega kya”, Prem Chopra established himself as a villain playing the devilish roles with cunning smile. With Bobby, Teesri Manzil, Woh Kaun Thi, Do Raaste and Kati Patang, Prem Chopra established himself as the contemporary villain.
3. Amjad Khan
Who would have thought that the role of Gabbar Singh in Sholay(1975) supposedly to be played by Danny Denzongpa, ultimately went into hands of Amjad Khan and rest as we say is history. Amjad Khan perfectly essayed the role of Gabbar Singh as it was tailor made for him. His famous dialogues from the film include “kitne aadmi the”, “ye hath humko dede thakur”, “yaha se pachas pachas kos door gaaon me jab bachcha raat ko rota hai to maa kahti hai beta soja, soja nahi to gabbar singh aa jaayega”. His other notable roles were in the films Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Suhag, Kaalia, and Laawaris.
4. Danny Denzongpa
After losing the most important role of his life as Gabbar Singh, Danny proved that he could play any other villainous role with ease. He had his first major negative role which he played in B.R.Chopra’s Dhundh(1973), a role which showed his power to emote. His most applauded negative characters are in Agneepath(1990) as Kancha Cheena, Hum (1991) as Bakhtawar, Ghatak: Lethal as Kaatya, Krantiveer (1994) as Chatur Singh and Pukar (2000) as Abhrush.
Pran (Pran Krishan Sikand) was probably one of the most famous villains during his time from 1940s to the 1990s ranging from electrifying performances in Madhumati (1958), Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960), Upkar (1967), Shaheed (1965), Purab Aur Paschim (1970), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool (1969), Johny Mera Naam (1970), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Be-Imaan (1972), Zanjeer (1973), Don (1978) and Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). Honored with “Villain of the Millennium” by Stardust in 2000 and Padma Bhushan in 2001 by the Government of India honored him, Pran was one of the highest paying actors and his fee in Zanjeer was even higher than that of Amitabh Bachchan.
6. Gulshan Grover
The original “Bad Man” of Bollywood, Gulshan Grover mentioned in one of the interview that he loved playing the grey characters as it gives him edge over the other actors. True to his words, Gulshan Grover established himself as the main villain during 90’s after doing multiple B-grade films. His dialogue “Dil garden garden ho gaya” is memorable from the film International Khiladi. He is also famous for his villainous acts in Hera Pheri series as Kabira, Ram Lakhan as Kesariya Vilayati and Gangster as Khan Bhai.
7. Saif Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan may not have delivered blockbusters consistently like Salman Khan or may not been active in social media like Akshay Kumar, but what makes him apart is his instinct to experiment with different varieties of roles. Saif Ali Khan made his acting debut with unsuccessful film Parampara but achieved success with Yeh Dillagi and Main Khiladi Tu Anari later. He faced lot of criticism for hair-style and not-so-convincing-hero-face and also had to go through career struggles with string of flops in mid of 1990’s. However, Saif rose to fame with Dil Chahta Hai and Kal Ho Naa Ho which proved his mettle as actor. Probably the best performance of his career, Saif Ali Khan nailed it with his role as Langda Tyaagi in Vishal Bharwaj’s Omkara. Omkara was a landmark film in Saif Ali Khan’s career. He played the negative role for the first time and started getting appreciation as an actor with different shades.
In Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior, Saif Ali Khan scaled to new height. Saif Ali Khan went one step ahead as Udaybhan Singh Rathod. The actor matched each and every step with Ajay Devgn with a powerful and astounding acting. Result – Tanhaji turned out to be the biggest blockbuster of his career.
8. Ranveer Singh
As we call shout the name – Ranveer Singh – only word comes to my mind – ENERGETIC. We are fortunate to see the magic of cinema spelled by Ranveer Singh as they set the silver screen on fire with his intense looks, charm and immense talent. Ranveer Singh gives in a knock-out performance with his quick-witted one liners, charming attitude , evil avatar , shows off his well-sculpted torso without inhibitions with the character of Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat, a role which will stay forever in our memory when ever we remember Ranveer Singh.