Every movie has a hero, heroine and villain. And it is this combination of the three that decides the fate of the movie. No doubt a hero always wins in the end, but still a villain gets to speak better dialogues than the hero and also adds various twists and turns to the story. The moment we hear of villains, a few names pop up in our minds. So here’s a tribute to a few villainous characters who manage to outshine not just other great villains but also heroes of all time.
Mogambo – Mr. India (Amrish Puri)
Amrish Puri’s thunderous laughter is enough to give anyone goose bumps. Though he has played the role of a devil countless times, still his legendary “Mogambo Khush Hua” line is stamped in the memory of not only movie buffs but also movie haters. His sinister laugh coupled with his bizarre clothes and saucer big eyes still haunts our film industry. Mogambo has carved a niche for himself amongst Bollywood’s most classic villains.
Gabbar Singh – Sholay (Amjad Khan)
This guy needs no introduction. His single innocent question “Kitne Aadmi The” still manages to make us shiver. His famous dialogue ‘Pachas pachas kos door gaon mein jab bachcha raat ko rota hai to maa kahti hai beta soja ..soja nahin to Gabbar Singh aa jaayega’ accompanied by his evil laughter, highlighting his tobacco-stained teeth is sufficient to make anyone wet his pants. No one could have done it better than Amjed Khan. And Gabbar is by far Bollywood’s best villain.
Dr Dang – Karma (Anupam Kher)
Even the word versatile is not adequate to describe Anupam Kher. Though most of his career is dominated by light and funny roles or heart touching characters still he has managed to surprise and terrorize the audience with his appearance as Dr. Dang in Karma. Believe it or not but His Thappad Ki Goonj can still be heard.
Shakaal – Shaan (Kulbushan Kharbanda)
No one can out beat his style. His personality exhibits an entirely different magnetism. His style of moisturizing his scalp at regular intervals adds an extra shade to his villainy.
Loin – Kalicharan (Ajit)
‘Saara shaher mujhe Loin ke naam se jaanta hai’ became an instant hit, especially the way he pronounced lion as loin. Villains are all about violence. But Loin is known not for his bullets but for his Lilys and Monas and his comic one lines recited in a cool tone. The most favourite being ‘is ko liquid oxygen me duba do. Liquid ise jine nahin dega aur oxygen ise marne nahin dega’and his lily don’t be silly is unforgettable.
Prem – Bobby (Prem Chopra)
Who would have guessed that the leading hero of a Punjabi film was destined to become a household name and that too by evoking disgust among the audiences! Prem Chopra played a rogue in many films but his appearance in Bobby made him immortal. Hats off to him for saying his name in such a way that it became a classic. “Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra…”
Kesariya Vilayti – Ram Lakhan (Gulshan Grover)
The only word that can do justice to Gulshan is ‘Bad Man’. His tremendous energy level still surprises one and all. He makes one hell of a villain as Kesariya Vilayti.
Don (Amitabh Bachchan)
Though the negative character of Amitabh was highlighted only in a few scenes but still it was sufficient to convince one and all that “Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi …namunkin hai…”
Sunil Malhotra – Darr (Shah Rukh Khan)
Believe it or not but the audience is still mesmerized with K..k…king Khan’s style of saying kkkk…kiran. His over possessiveness freaked everyone out. His exceptionally good performance in Darr introduced him to new heights.
Langda Tyagi – Omkara (Saif Ali Khan)
Evil had never looked so cool on screen. Saif’s portrayal as rural foul-mouthed dacoit with a taste for jewellery made him immortal. This sinister looking character delivered many rough dialogues, one of them being “Mein juttha to kutte ka jhada. Jo main saccha, to teri maa ka khasam”. This rougness combined with his evil insecurity made him a perfect villain
The villains of yesteryear left their image tattooed on the minds of audience but now a gradual shift has been seen in the industry trends. The characters being portrayed now days are closer to real life as even the bad characters have something good in them and vice versa. Though actors like Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, Hrithik Roshan and actresses like Kajol, Priyanka Chopra etc have plunged into shades of grey, these shades vary from light grey to dark grey and thus they do not remain villains but become anti-heroes. It remains to be seen that whether or not they will be remembered by the generations to come.
After writing this article, I have realized that Bad Guys actually do make Interesting characters.