Villains make a comeback in Bollywood
It is hard to imagine a 'Sholay' without Gabbar Singh and 'Mr India' without 'Mogambo'. The ruthless villains are back in Bollywood and are cooler and meaner than ever.
Baddies have always been an essential part of Hindi movies. Actors like Ranjeet, Pran, Amjad Khan, Jeevan, Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Shakti Kapoor and Gulshan Grover often got the best lines and looks, overpowering the movie hero.
But the celluloid saw a dull period for a while when baddies did not make much of an impact with the popularity of romance, comedy and family dramas. The lull, however, seems over with the success of action films like 'Ghajini', 'Om Shanti Om', 'Wanted', 'Dabangg', 'Singham', 'Force' and soon to release 'Agneepath', which will see Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena, a role popularised by Danny Denzongpa in the original movie.
"The quintessential format of Hindi cinema has made ts entry again where there is a villain, a hero, a heroine...and who better than Sanjay Dutt to flag off the thing of a villain," said producer Karan Johar.
With a wicked smile, puffed-up eyes, a grotesque tattoo, piercing and a puffed up body, the original 'Khalnayak' has given a new dimension to the bad boy characters. However, it is yet to be see whether his performance matches the meanness of his look when the film releases on January 26.
Both Sanjay and Hrithik have the challenge to match up to Denzongpa and Amitabh Bachchan, the stars of the original movie.
Sanjay feels villains have always been powerful in films. "If you look at 'Batman' or 'Spiderman' series the villain is very powerful and there is a reason for it," he said.
Sanjay is not the only baddy who is back in Bollywood. In Ajay Devgn starrer 'Singham', Tamil actor Prakash Raj brought a comic element to his role in 'Wanted' and 'Singham'.
As Chchedi Singh, Sonu Sood was at par with Salman in 'Dabangg', whose sequel will need another powerful villain to match up to Sood's portrayal. Arjun Rampal turned his career around by playing a scheming producer in Farah Khan starrer 'Om Shanti Om'.
The actor loved his negative role so much that he dabbled into it again in Prakash Jha's 'Raajneeti' and Shah Rukh Khan's mega production 'Ra.One', where he lost weight, got a full body tattoo and went bald to play the titular character opposite King Khan's G.One.
Even Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh, who brought a new coolness to the bad guy roles by playing an over possessive lover in 'Darr' and a young man out for revenge in 'Baazigar', returned to his roots with 'Don' and 'Don 2'.
"When I am good, I am good but when I am bad, I am better. I have a dark soul and I am very proud of the film because I could be as bad as I wanted and there is no justification. Of course, we are not glorifying the bad things but in my 70 films odd career I have never enjoyed playing a part like I do in Don 2," Shah Rukh had said about his recent outing.
Even perfectionist Aamir Khan, who shied away from playing negative roles, is donning the dark cloak to play a villain in 'Dhoom 3'.
Vivek Oberoi is also set to be the super-villian in 'Krrish 3', is hoping to taste success in Bollywood once again. He has already played a negative character in Ram Gopal Varma's 'Rakta Charitra'. PTI