The hero may be the centripetal force of a flick, but if we think deeply and analyze what make them heroes, we would realize that the credit actually goes to the bad men of Bollywood. They strike terror with their menacing ways, not to mention their outlandish getups.
5. After ‘Teesri Manzil’ and ‘Upkaar’ Prem Chopra was flooded with films as a villain. He has ever since been a leading villain in Hindi films. The dialogue “Prem, Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra” (“My name is Prem, Prem Chopra”) from the film ‘Bobby’ has been very popular.
4. Saara shehar inhe lion ke naam se jaanta hai, he is none other than the one specialised in playing suave villains with memorable catch-phrases, Ajit Khan. His iconic style with nasal drawls such as “Mona, darling” and comic threats such as “Isse liquid oxygen mein daal do, liquid isse jeene nahi dega aur oxygen isse marne nahi dega”. Ajit also brought to fame the smuggler as the villain. In his movies, he is generally seen smuggling gold biscuits in or out of the country. It has also been noted that most of his gang members had Christian names like Robert, Michael, Peter etc. This also has been used for comic purposes in parodies.
3. Another bad man of Bollywood who remind us of some the most heart stopping performances is Pran, he did dreadful role in Madhumati, but diluted his image with his role of a Pathan in ‘Zanzeer’ ,but like Amrish Puri, his unique voice catched everybody ‘s attention. His role as a jailor in one Amitabh starrer was memorable. What great testimony can be given about Pran Sikand’s villainy than a recent survey conducted in which it was found out nobody has named their children as Pran in last fifty years, such was the impact.
2. Next we fondly remember Late Amjad Khan, his role as Gabbar Singh in ‘Sholay’ is still parodied everywhere from TV to Radio and advertisements till today, such is the impact. His famous dialogues like-‘Kitne aadmi the’, ‘Ab tera kya hoga kaalia’, ‘Are O sambha’ etc will always haunt the memories of generations to come.
1. The first who comes to our minds is Late Amrish Puri, he was the ‘baap’ of all villains, with those deadly whiskers and loud voice, a look at him and his unique baritone was enough to create fear in anybody’s mind. He generated hatred from his many villainous characters, but ‘Mogambo khush hua…’ is his all time great popular villainous role.
These larger than life bad men of Bollywood have etched their places in viewers’ hearts forever. If the bad were not this worse the good had been bitter too! What say?