7 of the best Bollywood villains who outshone the movie heroes
by Eguaogie Eghosa May 15, 2021 Views (1.7K)

While we mostly root for the hero in a typical movie, there have been a number of times when the villains of the film just grabbed our attention and did not let go. That, we think, is the sign of a great actor - the ability to portray someone vile, and yet, manage to be the highlight of the film. So much so that after so many years audiences remember the dialogues, the mannerisms, and the character of the villain, rather than the hero.

Here are 7 villains from Bollywood movies that stole the spotlight from the movie hero, and became icons for fans of Bollywood.

1. Amjad Khan As Gabbar In Sholay, 1975

If Gabbar doesn’t define villain, we don’t know what does. Although Amitabh Bachchan & Dharmendra gave a stunning performance in Sholay, the film was all about Gabbar. Amjad Khan, who was skeptical about playing such a vile baddy, gave one of the best performances of his illustrious career. Gabbar Singh is one of the most loved movie characters of all time. Sholay wouldn’t have been Sholay without Gabbar’s character. Although a villain, Gabbar was the hero of the film. So much mesmerizing was the character, that decades after the film was released, people still remember, and enjoy the menacing performance of Amjad Khan as ‘Gabbar’ in the movie ‘Sholay’. 


2. Danny Denzongpa As Kancha In Angeepath, 1990

There has been no villain that was as stylish and sophisticated as Danny Dengzopa's Kancha Cheena. The older Agneepath, unfortunately, was a dud at the box office, but both, critics and audiences believed that the film had some of the best performances from its actors, Amitabh & Danny. Till this day, Danny's suave, and panache as a drug lord is something that hasn't been replicated in Bollywood.


3. Amrish Puri As Mogambo In Mr. India, 1987

Amrish Puri's portrayal as Mogambo in Mr. India is considered by many as one of the most iconic performances as a villain in Hindi films. A rather clichéd villain, Mogambo had a stick, a majestic dress, and wanted to rule the world. His minions were quite obedient and would jump into acid on one call by Mogambo. The true definition of an evil and cruel villain, he also had a good sense of humor. It is almost as if he was pulled out of a hilarious comic strip. The character was the quintessential Indian villain, and for a lot of years to follow, there were a number of films that had the same model for a villain, albeit with a few minor tweaks.

 4. Sanjay Dutt As Kancha In Agneepath, 2012

While Danny Dengzongpa portrayed Kancha as a very suave and sophisticated villain, Sanjay Dutt's Kancha was the exact opposite. Instead of sipping on a 35-year-old scotch, Dutt's Kancha preferred guzzling moonshine. The two portrayals were as different as chalk and cheese. And yet, both of them were equally powerful and menacing.


5. Tigmanshu Dhulia As Ramadhir Singh In Gangs Of Wasseypur, 2012

Both of the Gangs Of Wasseypur films had a number of iconic characters, and they were all baddies in some way or the other. But Tigmanshu Dhulia's Ramadhir Singh was just a class apart. The manner in which he imbibed the character, and put it on the screen is truly remarkable.  

6. Ashutosh Rana As Lajja Shankar Pandey In Sangharsh, 1999

Ashutosh Rana is one of the most understated actors we have ever had. His portrayal of the psychotic killer Lajja Shankar Pandey in Sangharsh is one of the most menacing characters ever to have been portrayed in Indian cinema. The scene in which he ululates in the film is legit one of the scariest scenes shot in Bollywood.

7. Ranveer Singh As Alauddin Khilji In Padmaavat, 2018

Say what you will about the film, there is no point denying the fact that it was through and through Ranveer's show. His portrayal of Alauddin Khilji, although historically inaccurate and problematic, is one of his best on-screen performances. Several people re-watched the film just for his performance. As brilliant as Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were in the film, people don't really remember much about them. That just shows how great Ranveer was as a villain.

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