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Bollywood Villains June 24, 2008

Posted by astralwicks in Bollywood Villains, Culture, Films, india, Movies, Villains from Films.
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I have joined a new office. Everybody comes in quite leisurely and considering that this is Bombay I find it quite surprising. I tend to come in by 10 (today I was in at 9.40) and leave by 7.


I have to make presentations for pitches to various channels. Unfortunately, I still don’t have a permanent place and am right now sitting out in the open. By noon, the office is buzzing and it’s a miracle to get anything done.


The others in the office seem to be geniuses who do what they can in the noise around. I don’t get an AC vent near my seat and the window’s can’t be opened because it opens onto the streets – all kinds of vehicles pass me by with blazing horns.  


So me is free what with all presentations done. I thought of making lists. Please feel free to contribute.


Top Villains from Hindi Films


  1. Gabbar Singh (Sholay. Everybody knows about Gabbar and nobody has the balls to murmur dissent…nahin to Gabbar aa jayega) 
  2. Mogambo (Mr. India. Shekhar Kapur’s famous concoction whose orgasmic ‘Mogambo Khush Hua’ is spine-chilling) 
  3. Shakaal (Shaan. Another stylized villain from Ramesh Sippy who could do no wrong those heady days) 
  4. Anna (Parinda. Vidu Vinod’s psychotic genius whose views on the world, relationships and business are true and scary) 
  5. Dr. Dang (Karma. Anupam Kher before he became a buffoon) 
  6. Balwant Rai (Ghaayal. Amrish Puri’s piano playing bad man act was a vintage act and who can forget ‘Blawant Rai ke kutton…’) 
  7. JK (Shahenshah. A lech and his reasons for drinking Black Dog are now legendary  
  8. Shetty (Ardh Satya. Real and nonchalant. Sadhashiv Amprapurkar showed his potential and faded away, but Shetty will always be remembered) 
  9. Subedar (Mirch Masala. Naseruddin Shah’s unremitting lust for Smita Patil and his searing punishment at the end make this a fascinating piece of villainy) 
  10. Kancha Cheena (Agneepath. Decadent and dangerous Danny’s suave persona was at its height in this Mukul Anand masterpiece) 
  11. Shakaal (Yaadon Ki Baraat. The inimitable Ajit (of Loin fame) at his peak. Sophisticated, sarcastic and never in a hurry) 
  12. Sher Khan (Zanjeer. Pran’s entry in this film is legendary and so too is the subsequent fight and friendship with the angry young man of the future – Vijay AKA Amitabh Bachchan. He turned good in the film but can’t omit this one Barkhurdaar. Chek out Raaka from Jis Desh Main Ganga Behti Hai for more villainy)  
  13. Langda Tyagi (Omkara. Saif’s turnaround in Vishal Bharadwaj’s take on Shakespeare’s Othello happens once in a lifetime. Even Saif cannot better it) 
  14. Commander Bhandra (Drohkaal. An educated rebel that one can almost root for,  Ashish Vidyarthi’s Bhadra will always be his best performance) 
  15. Prem Chopra (Bobby. Everybody knows ‘Prem hai mera naan…only a guest appearance but became his calling card) 
  16. Kesariya Vilayati / Chappan Tikli (Ram Lakhan and Sir respectively. Gulshan Grover’s obsession with strange names and stranger get-ups definitely made some roles memorable)
  17. Ram Gopal Bajaj (Paresh Rawal. Andaz Apna Apna. Don’t remember? Patte Bicha Doonga…
  18. Ahuja/Taneja (Om Puri/Pankaj Kapoor.Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. Ahuja/Taneja can exist only as a pair so perversely funny is their combination in this brilliant satire by Kundan Shah)

do feel free to contribute and make it into a comprehensive and interesting list.Thanks.










1. gudus - June 24, 2008

Villains that wont make it to the list?
Shahrukh Khan as
Ajay Sharma/Vicky Malhotra – Baazigar
Rahul – Darr

why am I even trying…sigh

btw astral, where you works now?

2. astralwicks - June 25, 2008

ya he too will make it so…

19. Ajay Sharma/Vicky Malhotra – Baazigar
20. Rahul – Darr

there is also a forgotten performance of Mithun in Jallad where he kills his father if I am not mistaken. Pretty scary. So , I am adding him too.

20. Mithun in Jallad.

more more

3. beylee - June 25, 2008

shakespeare’s othello, mind you.. although ancient, kanhaiya lal in mother india is a great villain.

4. astralwicks - June 25, 2008

*&** how can I do it beylee (am kicking myself) and

21. Kanhaiyalal (Mother India)

5. dogstail - June 25, 2008

There is an iconic Chutiya, meaning Ponytail, of Gunda. I dont know if you have seen it. Mithun Chakrabarty and the poetic verses for dialogues.

Villains in Mithuns 1000 odd films are very good. they give the most obscene analogies for most violent and obscene acts, which is very funny to say the least.

6. myexpression - June 26, 2008

hmmm… donno why m feeling giddy…

7. astralwicks - June 26, 2008

no@dogstail I don’t think I have seen it. Thanks for the suggestion…

22. Chutiya (Mithun CHakravarty. Gunda)

8. dogstail - June 26, 2008

No No.. Villain I think is SHakti Kapoor. Aggrieved hero is Mithun.

9. astralwicks - June 27, 2008

I stand corrected.

22. Chutiya. (Shakti Kapoor. Gunda)

10. moridin909 - September 7, 2008

What about Sadhashiv Amprapurkar as Maharani in Sadak? He/She was a great character and was played out quite well.

Other omissions (IMHO):
-Kiran Kumar as Lotiya Pathan in Tezaab
-Danny as Katya in Ghatak
-Amrish Puri as Indrajit Chaddha in Damini (typifying lawyers in Bollywood !!!)
-Kader Khan as Zefar Khan in Coolie

and finally various bhoots, dayans and company of Ramsay films 🙂 (maybe they should qualify in comedy lists as well)

11. astralwicks - September 7, 2008

hey moridin909 thanks for contributing. wondering why are there no famous modern villains?

12. Dennis - September 22, 2008

Sadhashiv Amprapurkar – The unforgettable Maharani in Sadak. No other villain has sent such chills up my spine

13. anonymous - October 10, 2008

Ajay Devgan – Deewangee. I thought that was good.

14. vivek - January 28, 2009

if you are looking for villeins watch mithun’s, monark model films. btw you know what monark model of film-making is?

15. vivek - January 28, 2009

And who can forget Rahman as ‘Ghosh babu’ in Gurudutt’s all time classic Pyasa.

16. astralwicks - January 29, 2009

hi vivek welcome – no please tell me about the monark. thanks for the Rehman suggestion.

17. spicebolly.com - May 13, 2009

Thanks for this post ………

18. niceandnew - February 3, 2010

Oh my God, I can’t believe I actually read the entire list! Add Dilip Tahil aslo. The poor guy’s been dying in the end of films since ages now. Baazigar, Gupt, Ram Lakhan, Hum hai Rahi Pyaar Ke, Kaho Naa Pyaar, Ha iand so many more films. He’s often Saxena, Malhotra or Malik!

19. astralwicks - February 4, 2010

@nice and new – thanks for dropping by. Mr Tahil has been around, but is he iconic? Let me think -)

20. Sonali Shah - February 4, 2010

Ah, well! Popular for sure if not iconic ))

21. Varun Mehta - March 19, 2010

Bhiku Mahatre: Satya

22. Omkar - April 3, 2010

Why is Shakti Kapoor Excluded ?

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