Long gone are the days when Bollywood movies followed this hit formula; a dashing hero, a damsel in distress, an over-dramatic villain and a stereotypical story to go with it. Revolutionarily, movies became more unconventional and experimental in all senses. Even a negative story with the hero in a dark character got well-accepted by movie buffs.
Speaking of the best baddies of Bollywood, one can never forget, Pran in Ram aur Shyam Ajit in Kalicharan, Amjad Khan in Sholay, Kulbhushan Karbanda in Shaan, Danny Denzongpa in Agneepath, and the Amrish Puri in Mr. India, for their unique style and roleplay.
Anti-hero trend, one can say, started with none other than Amitabh Bachchan in Parwana as an obsessed lover. Years later, classic actor Sunil Dutt in Mother India took this trend to another level. His character had shades of grey. Even today film-lovers reminisce his performance with all dignity.
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Sanjay Dutt in Khal Nayak was really applauded for his ultra-negative role as a criminal. But, it was Shahrukh Khan who actually set a trend in anti-heroism. While Darr, Baazigar and Anjaam marked his anti-hero image, Don, Don 2 portrayed him as a stylish underworld villain. Recently, as Gaurav, a star-obsessed psycho, in Fan Shahrukh made his comeback in a negative role.
Also, Ajay Devgan as Sultan Mirza in Once upon a time in Mumbai, Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi in Omkara, Shahid Kapoor in Kaminey and Haider, did great as bad boys.
Actresses too, have proved their mettle in negative roles. Kajol in Gupt, Priyanka Chopra in Aitraaz, Tabu in Maqbool, Vidya Balan in Ishqiya, are a few impressive ones.
Actors and actresses of today, say, they are intrigued to play dark characters and simply wait for a chance to rule one.
Riteish Deshmukh-Ek Villain
Riteish took us all by surprise in his ever-never avatar as a psycho-killer in this movie. Grabbing all the limelight from newcomer Siddarth, Riteish shined with his mature, composed acting. A gem unveiled, right?
Piggy Chops flamed in this film for her baddie role as an ambitious, selfish, self-obsessed, arrogant, antagonist, Soniya Roy. Her negative roleplay in Saath Khoon Maaf too, was well-received by her fans. Bold and beautiful!!
Sanjay Dutt-Khalnayak, Agneepath
As the criminal Ballu, in Khalnayak and the antagonist Kancha Cheena in Agneepath, Sanju Baba was mean, cruel, wickedly-funny and well-styled. Dutt, fit in the role like none other. He even went bald for the Kancha Cheena look. Dedicated ha!!
Saif Ali Khan-Omkara
As a foul-mouthed, mean, rustic, dacoit Langda Tyagi, Saif, proved his versatility, in this intense crime drama. Not to forget, his looks and a mastered UP accent. Strikingly good!
Emraan Hashmi-Once Upon A Time In Mumbai
Infamous, yet talented, Emraan's role as Shoaib Khan, in this gangster movie, shut all mouths who sterotyped him for wrong reasons, by his impressive, easy-looking performance. So much so as to match his co-star Ajay Devgan's intense acting skills. Impressive!
From being a sweet, romantic lover to cunning, bad, bitchy Neha, Kareena's role transition in this film was just smooth and convincing. Beautiful, hot and sexy Bebo blew all us away with her looks and performance in this negative avatar. You are one of a kind, truly!
Versatile, super-talented Vidya Balan as Krishna in this dark drama, amazed all her fans with her never-seen-before performance in a deep, dark,witty, cheaty role. Graceful seductress she is!
Bipasha Basu-Raaz 3, Jism
As an intense, mysterious seductress in Jism and as a revenge monger backed with black magic, Bips was critically acclaimed for her performances in both.
Shahrukh Khan - Darr, Baazigar
Shahrukh Khan imposed the trend of anti-heroic roles in both these projects. Convincing, impressive, unforgettable, impeccable... one cannot stop at this to describe his performance. Less said the better, isn't it!
Konkana Sen Sharma-Ek Thi Dayaan
Known for her offbeat roles, Konkana, did put a good act in this supernatural fun flick, marking her entry into commercial cinema. All-rounder, agreed?