The pipes, the suits and the even the menacing looks! The evil grins and laughter, the venomous one liners and all that dhishoom dhishoom, 100 years of Indian cinema would be incomplete without raising a toast to those who added spice to our dramas. Here’s listing the iconic villains of Indian cinema…
Gabbar Singh (Sholay)
“Yahan se pachas pachas kos door gaon mein jab bachcha raat ko rota hai to maa kehti haibeta soja ..soja nahin to Gabbar Singh aa jaayega!”
Such was the threat of the dacoit of Ramgarh, Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) who can be termed as the most iconic villain in the history of Indian cinema. But in the words of Gabbar, “Jo darr gaya samjho marr gaya.”
Mogambo (Mr. India)
“Mogambo khush hua” became the most touted dialogue after the release of Salim-Javed’s last film together, Mr. India. Mogambo’s character (played by Amrish Puri) was a winner with his outlandish dressing, profound mannerisms and larger than life aura. Let’s just say, “Hail Mogambo!”
“Yeh zahreeli gas dheere dheere mehfil ko aur rangeen banati rahegi”
Now where would you find a stylish villain who keeps himself surrounded by sharks? Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Shakaal in Shaan was fearsome for the viewers. And who can forget the way he rubbed his head, not to forget his rings!
Dr Dang (Karma)
“Rana Vishwa Pratap Singh! Is Thappad ki goonj suni tumne? Ab is goonj ki goonj tumhe sunai degi, jab tak zinda rahoge.”
Dr Dang played by Anupam Kher was another dangerous villain in disguise of a doctor. Breaking the clichés Indian cinema saw a learned villain in Dr Dang, contrary to the uncouth villains who’d only boast of their terror.
Kaancha Cheena (Agneepath)
“Tum kya leke aaye the, aur kya leke jaaoge. Rahejaye sirf ek insaan, sarva shakthi shali, sarva shaktimaan – KANCHA”
Kancha Cheena’s character in both versions of Agneepath is crude and scary. Be it Danny Denzongpa’s mannerisms or Sanjay Dutt’s style and looks, Kancha Cheena remains to be an iconic baddie.
He made ‘Mona Darling’ popular. He introduced himself with the punch line, “Log mujhe Loin ke naam se jaante hain.” Ajith as Lion in Kalicharan was a winner. For the distinct style, dialogue delivery and being the character that he was we can never forget him
Crime Master Gogo (Andaaz Apna Apna)
“Khandani chor hun mein khandani………Mogambo ka batija,” said Crime Master Gogo in Andaz Apna Apna. Shakti Kapoor undoubtedly has to be one of the most iconic villains in Indian cinema. And his role as Crime Master Gogo has to be his stand out performance. Interestingly, he was the most popular comical villain.
Shah Rukh Khan (Darr)
“I love you KKKKK … Kiran”
Need we say more? Bollywood’s ‘King of Romance’ kickstarted his career as a negative lead and blew the industry away with his menacing act. The rest as they say is history.
The 2000’s have been all about villains with different shades of grey.
Some classic examples would be
Boman Irani in Lagge Raho Munna Bhai
Ramadhir Singh (Gangs of Wasseypur)
John Abraham, Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan in the Dhoom series
Priyanka Chopra in Aitraaz
Kajol in Gupt
Ajay Devgn in Kaal
Riteish Deshmukh in Ek Villian
Prakash Raj in Singham
Arjun Rampal in Raa One
Shabana Azmi in Makdee
And as you know we’ll see a sci-fi villain in the form of Akshay Kumar fighting Rajinikanth in the upcoming Robot 2.0
To say the least, Bollywood villians have had a glorious journey through the years sending a chill down our spines with their menacing acts. And just like in our movies, bad guys exist in our bodies as well for example constipation, acidity and headache. And just as we have our heroes in films, Kayamchurna has been a constant hero in our real lives as well… changing with time. Our go-to Kayamchurna is now available in the form of tablets. Something’s just come easy in life and these tablets are one of those. Don’t forget to stock your kitchen and handbags with ém.
To take a walk down memory lane… here’s a looking back at Kayamchurna’s iconic ad.