We live in the Mogambo era no more! Earlier, most of the villains of Bollywood dressed in a particular way so that there was a clear distinction between the antagonist and the protagonist of the movie.
However, the new set of villains in Hindi cinema are smart and good-looking and so immaculately dressed that you would never guess in a thousand years that they are up to something evil or dangerous. Well, it all started with Bollywood’s King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan, who took his first negative role in Baazigar and set an exemplary example for his peers and coming generations.
A few actors, like Neil Nitin Mukesh (Johnny Gaddaar), Freddy Daruwala (Holiday), Sajjad Delafrooz (Tiger Zinda Hai), Nikitin Dheer (Jodha Akbar), Tahir Raj Bhasin (Mardaani), Sudheer Babu (Baaghi), Randeep Hooda (Main Aur Charles), and our current favorite Ranveer Singh (Padmaavat) have all been added to our hot bad guys list.
Nowadays, the villains are portrayed more realistically as they prepare strategies and woo the characters with their charm and intelligence. Playing a negative role is no longer about forcing an evil laugh or exerting brute force, it is all about tactics and has its own challenges, which is why it has started appealing to the newer generation of actors. You can see Tahir Raj doing a commendable job in Mardaani as a human trafficker, which made the audience hate him yet unable to resist his charming looks. We also had Freddy as a convincing terrorist in spite of his good and sincere looks, which was a breath of fresh air for movie buffs.
Also, we are sure that you must have noticed Nikitin Dheer’s dashing looks and powerful presence in Jodha Akbar as Sharifuddin. Now, isn’t that how you would want all the bad boys to be?
The role of antagonists is now being seen as something equally important as that of the protagonist and special care is being taken in their appearance and their behavior too. Gone are the days when the villain forced the heroine to dance for him or had a typical look about him, we have entered an era where the antagonists look like heroes but with a darker side to their character. This can be particularly seen in Padmaavat where Ranveer Singh was appropriately dressed and did a brilliant job in his debut negative role. Sure, he looked menacing, but you can’t deny that he stole the show from Shahid with his ultimate performance.
All in all, we are loving this turn in Bollywood! Which actor do you think would do a fabulous role as a villain? Let us know in comments.