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 character:
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 well.
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 Kollywood.
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 channels.
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 too.
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 released.