They make the most loathsome figures in movies and their characters are despised by all. However, as one single wheel can’t make the vehicle move, same is with a typical Hindi movie that cannot run on the sole acting of a Hero. It needs to have a Villain who shares half the burden of a movie. They may be bad guys feasting on hateful dialogues, but many a times they have left the audience in awe at their performance and characterization. Here we’ll discuss about the ten popular villains of Hindi Cinema without whom our Heroes become nothing but someone who only evokes boredom.
The most popular sidekick villain of the 70s, 80s and 90s, Ranjeet holds infamy of committing 350 onscreen rapes. He was particularly feared by female audience for his ‘rapist’ ways and love towards commodifying women bodies. Although you’ll be surprised how gentle the guy is in his personal life – he’s a pure vegetarian, doesn’t enjoy alcohol and probably never hurt a fly.
Appeared in over 700 films in Hindi and Marathi cinema, Lalita Pawar‘s film career spanned over more than 70 years. She was recognized for her over-domineering matriarch and vamp characters. She was often seen breaking onscreen marriages and today bad mother-in-laws have almost become synonymous to her roles. Her squint-eye expression once looked at, never leaves the mind.
Shakti Kapoor is one of the most diverse actors ever seen by Bollywood. There’s hardly a role he hasn’t tried his luck with. But, he is still known to the world only for his villainy in Hindi Movies. He played distinctive villainous character for over his three decades career in Bollywood. His archetypal catchpharase ‘Aaoo Lolita’ is considered illustrious and still used villains during their dialogue delivery to add a devilish style to their character.
The admired ‘Narad Muni’ of the mythological films of 1950s essayed many villainous characters in his life. He later became famous for his trademark roles of ravenous landlord and sidekick of movie’s head villain whom he later overpowered with his tricky mind to capture the thrown of his dream.
Who can forget “Prem naam hai mera … Prem Chopra”, the famous one-liner form Bobby starring young Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia. Prem Chopra added a new breadth to the role of a mischievous sprite. His roles were in particular more inclined towards getting the better of a heroine. And, this is what led to his bashing from hero in most flicks he was part of.
This character needs no introduction. It doesn’t matter if you are into film watching or not, you must have heard about the legendary character of ‘Gabbar Singh’ in the timeless classic ‘Sholay’. No one can forget the immortal dialogue “Are O Sambha kitne aadmi thei”. The character of notorious dacoit — other than establishing several cultural trends in India, earned him name and fame for a life time.
K.N Singh is probably the first stylish villain Hindi cinema has ever been graced with. Such was his unique style of dialogue delivery that he often outclassed heroes of the time who were generally attired in traditional dhoti-kurta. K.N.Singh with his three piece suit and trademark pipe in mouth always looked class better than other villains of his times. His expressive eyes and ruthless remarks mostly did the ultimate trick for him.
No one, but Amrish Puri is said to have matched Amitabh Bachhan for his husky and commanding voice. The veteran of acting who featured in dozens of blockbusters wanted to enter the cinema space as a hero. But he failed the screen test and only for the good of Hindi film industry and cinema lovers. It was the role of ‘Mogambo’ in Mr. India and catchphrase “Mogambo khush hua” that gave him new recognition. The camera always tried to capture his red-bloodied eyes from close up while he was out there voicing his dialogues. For his dominating presence, he at times, even outscored the hero of the movie.
The super villain of Hindi cinema who charmed more women (and men too) than the main lead in his movies of 1960s and 1970s, Pran is has always been the beloved Villain of Bollywood. Who can forgot his most cherished dialogue “Sahab lagta hai ilake mein naye aye ho jo sher khan ko nhi jante” in Zanjeer. An anecdote from the life of legendary actor says that such was the terror of this fine villain that once he entered the school of his kids to pick them up at the day’s end, the other children were seen running on catching a glimpse of this dreaded villain of the time.