Tamil cinema has produced terrific villains in the past and continues to do so. Though negative roles are usually bagged by actors, actresses have never let go of an opportunity to pose themselves as baddies whenever they have been asked to do so.
Some actresses have been bold enough to embrace characters with
negative shades even after establishing themselves as a successful
heroine while a few of them have been actually introduced to Tamil
audience as villains.
It is not easy for an actress to pull off a role with a negative
shade. Though veteran directors like K Balachander gave enough power to
a negative character so that the actress associated to that
particular role could pull it off with ease, the trend however,
failed to continue until Ramya Krishnan proved to everyone that
negative roles can work for an actress through Padayappa.
Many actresses have impressed movie buffs with their bold
portrayal of characters with negative shades and we have handpicked
the best from the lot. The following actresses have either been
praised by critics or have been loved by fans for adding value to
the film by presenting themselves as bad girls.
Check out the slides below to know which actress have
impressed us the most by taking up a negative
As mentioned earlier Ramya Krishnan's role as Neelambari in
Padayappa was a trend setter at that time. She won many
awards for this movie and went on to portray a character with
negative shades in Kamal Haasan's Panchathantiram as
Jyothika's role in Pachaikili Muthucharam raised many
eyebrows as Jyothika was one of the top most actresses at that
time. Her versatility and ability to pull off a negative role was
praised by critics and fans alike.
Like Jyothika, Simran too surprised everyone by taking up a
negative role out of nowhere in Parthen Rasithen. Her
attempts to destroy Laila in the film was scary indeed.
Tamannaah made her debut in Tamil with a character which had
negative shades. Kedi featured Ravi Krishna, Ileana
and Tamannaah in the lead. It was also Ileana's debut film in
Reema's negative role in Vallavan was as natural as it
could get. Her character as a sadistic lover was convincing enough
and Reema had done complete justice to her role.
Laxmi played a woman in love with money in Ajith's
Mankatha. She had bagged a prominent role with enough
negativity and was also lauded by her fans.
Mumtaj played the main villain in Raghava Lawrence's Rajadhi
Raja. In fact her character was loosely influenced by Ramya
Krishnan's character in Padayappa.
Mallika made her debut in Tamil through Dasavathaaram
and her character had enough negativity in it. Her acting abilities
as a villain were praised by Tamil audience.
In the recently released Yennai Arindhaal, Parvathy
Nair played a negative role. She gets shot by Ajith in the film
when she tries to kill a child. She is also a part of Kamal's
upcoming film Uttama Villain.
Sriya Reddy's role in Vishal's Thimiru was lauded
by both critics and fans. That particular role is still liked by
many and is watched whenever the movie is played on TV
Though it was a remake and the original role was portrayed by
Srividya in Rajinikanth's Mappillai, Manisha Koirala's
role in Dhanush's Mappillai was convincing
Though this film is yet to be released, it is anticipated that
Tapsee's negative character in Vai Raja Vai would be
powerful enough to scare the audience when it gets