By: Arya Aiyappan
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Ansh Gujral, Swayam Shergill, Ramola Sikand, Komolika Basu, Renuka, Mandira, Pallavi, Shefaali, Anthara Dhruv Wadhwa, signify heartlessness personified, ruthlessness to the core, bloody in their motives without an inkling of kindness or compassion. They are the baddies of the small screen who have made it big. Going against the popular conception that only the hero and the heroine are notified and acknowledged, these characters have gained an entry into our minds for reasons good or bad.
Chocolate hero image and goodness embodied, the hero is the ideal man on earth who easily woos any woman and win over hearts. However with the profusion of daily soaps and other television serials a wide range of characters have gained acceptance as well. The small screen is growing fast with heroes, comedians and today even villainous characters are gaining popularity. Never before has there been such an influx of negative characters reaping success and popularity overriding the popular heroes.
As television grows by leaps and bounds the wide array of characters who add value to a particular show are also accountable. Lately the villainous characters with their peculiar mannerisms, tone and dialogue delivery has left the audience mesmerized. Even though they portray negative roles the uniqueness and idiosyncrasies of every character is worth the quality entertainment they provide. The modish dresses, latest accessories, strange mannerisms, punching yet crisp dialogues, and the newly-fangled weapons all enhance the screen power of the image. They exemplify style coupled with attitude, the never-say-die attitude, with their endless plots and tricks.
It is amazing to note how Ramola Sikand's sarees, accessories, and bindi styles in "Kahiin Kisi Roz" had been the style statements of the day. The fashion industry was buzzing with activity with her bindis, sarees and jewellery catching the eye of every viewer, who would invariably emulate those styles. Ansh's majestic onscreen death in "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" triggered raving reviews, with the audience asking for their favourite villain back in action, Komolika's sexy and conniving yet endearing 'nikaahs' in "Kasauti Zindagi Ke" are very so also Renuka's and Anthara's vicious smiles baring their canines in "Kumkum" send a chill down the spine. Echoing popular actress Sudha Chandran, the anti-heroes and anti-heroines on the small screen are those characters that "people love to hate".
With the coming of the new age, the television's immense viewer ship e and the wide range of characters famed and ill-famed, the audience have come to realize that it is the character's negative traits and not that of the actor or actress giving life to the character. The individual style and attitude leaves the spectators in a trance than the ever goody clichÉ characters. Villains rock the tinsel world, with huge fan following to mesmerize them forever and ever.