At a time when most actors were busy playing the quintessential Bollywood hero, Sanjay Dutt was among the few who took a bold step and went bad on screen. Over the years, the superstar dabbled with several anti-hero roles and passed with flying colors. In one of his interviews, when Baba, as his fans lovingly call him, was asked if he was weary of playing negative roles, the actor said, "It depends on the script."
What's commendable about Dutt is that he doesn't shy away from playing characters his age unlike some of his contemporaries. Explaining the reason, the actor had once said, "One has to accept one isn't 21 any longer. Audiences certainly don't want to see me as a college kid on motorcycles and all that stuff." Maybe that's one of the reasons why Sanjay never shied away from playing baddie on screen.
As Sanjay Dutt turns a year older today (July 29, 2021), we list down some of his films in which his bad boy act left a lasting impression.
"Nayak nahi khalnayak hai tu," the crowd went hysterical in cinema halls when Sanjay Dutt as the notorious criminal Ballu Balram picked up the other side of law in Subhash Ghai's 1993 film Khalnayak.
Not many people know that Khalnayak was initially supposed to be a small art house film with Jackie Shroff and Nana Patekar in leading roles. However, Ghai ended up making it as a masala film with Jackie and Sanjay!
Vaastav: The Reality
Touted to be one of the most significant films in Dutt's filmography, this Mahesh Manjrekar directorial had the actor essaying the role of Raghu, an unemployed youngster who ends up becoming a feared gangster. The actor's performance in this crime drama was worth 'pachaas tola'. No doubt, Sanjay had said that this film gave him the real sense of being an actor!
Sporting a spiky haircut and a stylish beard with a cigar in his hand, Sanjay Dutt oozed swag as the ruthless and verbose drug lord Billa in Sanjay Gupta's 2004 action thriller Musafir.
"Tum kya leke aaye the, aur kya leke jaaoge." Well, unlike this dialogue mouthed by his character Kancha Cheena in Hrithik Roshan-starrer Agneepath, Dutt delivered a chilling performance and walked away with accolades. Bald, tattooed and clad in black, the actor personified all things evil in this action thriller and gave us plenty of reasons to loathe him in the movie. His confrontation scene with Hrithik in the climax made our skin crawl!
Ashutosh Gowariker's magnum opus Panipat starring Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon was a flop show at the box office, but Dutt did manage to send a chill down the spine as the main antagonist Ahmad Shah Abdali in his limited screen time.
KGF: Chapter 2
Sanjay Dutt's KGF: Chapter 2 is yet to hit the theatrical screens but his first look as the main antagonist Adheera, has already created a lot of buzz among the audience. Sporting a tattooed face with his hair styled in braids, Dutt as the Viking-styled villain promises to drop a bomb on screen. In fact in one of his interviews, the actor had revealed that Adheera is the craziest role he has played so far.
With that revelation, the actor has added more to our curiosity!