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Top 20 Villains of Bollywood

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Due to heavy public demand to continue this list, and also due to threats over the exclusion of some very popular names and celebrities of the crime world in this list, OKS has now compiled a sequel to this. So, please check out – The Next Top 20 Villains of Bollywood

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They are the meanest creatures ever born on this planet. They are the pain in the arse of our Bollywood heroes and have some of the most badass lines; lines which make them immortal. Sometimes these villains are so badass that they own the movie, and the hero becomes just a mere character. Of course, in Bollywood terms and conditions, the hero always wins, but from the audience perspective, the hero might have won the battle, but lost the war. This post is my tribute to those 20 immortal villains that have graced the Bollywood silver screen. Some are straight out of comic strips, others are downright evil and mean, and the rest just tickle you and force you to roll down the corridor. It is such a shame though that these characters are more known as the Villains whereas they actually are the Heroes of the movies they were in. It was very hard to arrive at the final top 10 list, but you know, I am a genius of sorts when it comes to matters like these. No hurt feelings for those who couldn’t get through. Maybe you could be featured in the next list coming up shortly. Special mentions to the ones who just missed the list by an inch. ROLL THE DRUMS…….

20. Lotiya Pathan (Kiran Kumar) – Film: Tezaab
Achievements and Activities: Ganglord, kidnapper who doesn’t believe in Villain fashion. No white shoes, no furs and no underground camps. Downright street stuff with local goons and badass street fights. Started the first onscreen gang-war things of sorts.
Why is he on the list: In a movie which has Anil Kapoor playing the angry young man Munna, Madhuri Dixit dancing to ‘Ek Do Teen’ and the whole country dancing to it, if you can still remember the name of the villain, job well done!!!
Youtube Reference scene (click here) :- Lotiya Pathan is enraged at Munna getting punished for only a year.

19. Gulfaam Hassan (Naseeruddin Shah)-Film: Sarfarosh
Achievement and Activities: Ghazal Singer who playbacks Jagjit Singh’s vocals perfectly and carries out terrorist activites from his ancestral fort in Bahid, Rajasthan. Keyword: Mohajir.
Why is he on the list? He can pull out the ear of a child goat just because he broke a vase. He made the word “Gunaah” as one of the keywords for all mimicry artists who want to copy Naseeruddin Shah.
Youtube reference scene (click here):- The climax scene of Sarfarosh when Ajay Rathod’s plan dawns on Gulfam Hassan, but its too late.

18. Sunil Malhotra (Sharukh Khan)- Film: Darr
Achievement and Activities: Just plain old psychopath who’s lovestruck. The usual stalker syndromes, tattoo works on the chest, oh that’s not a tattoo, that’s inscribed by some knife. He survives tetanus. Hell, he survives Sunny Deol’s grip lock. Bollywood’s Houdini meets Fatal Attraction meets Superstar.
Why is he on the list? One word– K.k.k.k.k.kkkkk….Kiran
Youtube reference scene (click here):- The knife inscribing scene.

17.  Laxmi Devi ( Aruna Irani) – Film: Beta
Achievement and Activities: The usual ‘maalkin’ activities who rules the henpecked husband. Steps in as second wife of rich guy Prem, stepmom of Beta Anil Kapoor, and grabs all the property. Makes the stepson to believe that she is the best mom in the world, and keeps her husband sedated. Has brilliant sidekicks as well.
Why is she on the list? The continuous power battle between Madhuri and Aruna Irani made Beta the successful movie that it is (apart from the famous Dhak Dhak song). This was so much a woman’s show that it is indeed ironical that the movie was titled Beta; should’ve been Beti, Bahu or Sasumaa.
Unfortunately, no Youtube clips to display the evils of Stepmom Aruna Irani. The only videos that I get of Aruna Irani are her earlier years item numbers. But wtf, enjoy Dhak Dhak (click here)

16. Sher Khan (Pran ): Film-Zanjeer
Achievement and Activities: The Original Pathan of Bollywood, the benchmark of the onscreen Pathani accent. Runs all kinda illegal businesses. Fought with the angriest onscreen character ever- Inspector Vijay Khanna (Amitabh Bachhan). Made peace and friendship with him after the fight. Could have saved on laundry bills if they had known about it earlier. But then, we would’ve missed the great scene.
Why is he on the list? I know he is not a villain throughout the film, but did you guys did not watch his first scene with Amitabh Bachhan?
Youtube reference scene (click here):- The entry scene which establishes the character of Sher Khan. “Sher Khan Kaale ka dhanda karta hai lekin imaandari se”

15: Anna (Nana Patekar): Film – Parinda
Achievements and Activities: Ganglord and Bully right from childhood, established as one of the first onscreen underworld characters of Bollywood. Has fear of fire and flips out every time he sees it. Has the whitest of shirts and is religious. But no burning of agarbattis please!
Why is he on this list? C’mon , its Nana. The cold blooded dialogues, and the eyes.
Youtube reference scene (click here) :- The climax scene of Parinda. You know what happens.

14. Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan) : Film – Omkara
Achievements and Activites: Rural, rustic dacoit, and foul-mouthed. Has a taste for jewellery.
Why is he on the list? Tell me one guy who remembered Ajay Devgan or Vivek Oberoi after this movie. Landa Tyagi’s insecurity, envy and evil mean self oozes out in Saif’s portrayal.
Youtube reference scene (click here) :- Langda Tyaagi on the bridge drinking some desi. Look what happens next.

13. Rama Shetty (Sadashiv Amrapurkar) : Film- Ardh Satya
Achievements and Activities: He’s a Gangsta!! White Kurta, gold chain, gloying black eyes, Zero percent Fair and Lovely.
Why is he on the list? Sadashiv’s career begins and ends with this role. Every other role of a villain played by him has been just a low budget copy of Rama Shetty.
Youtube reference: Watch the whole movie on Youtube. Just search “Ardh Satya”.

12. Gokul Pandit (Ashutosh Rana): Film-Dushman
Achievements and Activities: Postmaster by profession, serial killer by …err. He has no reason to kill except for some bloody sense of achievement that he can. This is pure evil.
Why is he on the list? Didn’t you read what I said:- PURE EVIL
Youtube reference scene (click here): The murder scene.

11. Subedar ( Naseeruddin Shah): Film-Mirch Masala
Achievements and Activities: Subedar saahab as the name suggests, flaunts a moustache, rides horses and travels across the village, letches at ladies, torments villagers, owns a gramaphone.
Why is he on the list? There is no better payback scene in Bollywood than the climax of Mirch Masala where Subedar is treated with some raw spice. Yep, you guessed it right, red hot chilli pepper thrown right at the eyes. The scream still resonates.
Youtube reference scene: Just the trailer of the movie (click here)

10. Tribhuvan Das (Anupam Kher) : Film – Chaalbaaz
Achievements and Activities: Caretaker of twin Sridevis, tormentor, oppressor, greedy, mean and has funny nose and teeth. Has Amba (Rohini Hattangadi) as his accomplice cum wife and Shakti Kapoor as Batuknath Lalan Prasad Malpani as his brother in law.
Why is he on the list? Dentally challenged + Facially distorted = Excellent villain.
Youtube reference scene (click here): This is actually a song called Gadbad Ho Gayee. Anupam Kher dressed as Shikari Shambhu.

9. Loin (Ajeet) : Film – Kalicharan
Achievements and Activites: He is the friggin’ baap of all crimelords. White suit, black shades, white pants, white shoes. Peter, Mona and Robert are few of his zillion sidekicks. Owns a control room with diodes flashing,
Why is he on the list? Coz he spawned a different genre of Bollywood villains. Coz he created the line “Saara Shaher mujhe Loin ke naam se Janta hai” which is etched in golden letters in Indian pop-culture.
Youtube reference scene: Didn’t find any. Instead enjoy Reena Roy dancing to Jaa Re Jaa (Click here)

8: Kesariya Vilayti aka BAD MAN (Gulshan Grover) : Film- Ram Lakhan
Achievements and Activities: I can’t remember anything else but the dialogue-BAD MAN.
Why is he on the list? BAD MAN. In a movie filled with Bollywood’s biggest villains Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal, Dalip Tahil , maybe not Dalip Tahil, you end up remembering only the BAD MAN. That’s why.
Youtube reference scene (click here): Just check it out. Watch the whole video though. Just don’t get smitten by Lakhan’s HR and PR skills.

7. Indrajit Chadhha (Amrish Puri) : Film – Damini
Achievements and Activities: Criminal Lawyer by profession, scheming mind which can go to any extent. Extremely mean with the ladies and doesn’t hesitate from discussing rape in details or uttering words like ‘jaangh’. Hates his hair falling on his forehead, so jerks his head frequently to keep his hair to the side.
Why is he on the list? He is the reason why Sunny Deol keeps shouting “Taarikh Pe Taarikh”.
Youtube reference (click here): The court scene where he utters “Jaanghe aapko maalum hai kya hoti hai”.

6. Kancha Cheena (Danny Denzongpa) : Film – Agneepath
Achievements and Activities: Crime Baron, Takes over village Mandwa where hero Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is born. Just wants to keep his business flourishing, so that’s it. Oh yes, he has aviator shades on with clean gelled hair.
Why is he on the list? With a name like Kancha Cheena, he has to be.
Youtube reference scene (click here): Danny vs. Big B

5. Balvant Rai (Amrish Puri ): Film – Ghayal
Achievement and Activities: Illegal businessman who stops at nothing. Filthy rich and lotsa goons (some of them anglo-indians). Has good connections within the law and administration. Got busted by hero’s brother, hence kills him. Little did he know that Rajkumar Santoshi would cast Sunny Deol as the brother of Raj Babbar.
Why is he on the list? I hate Balvant Rai.
Youtube reference scene (click here): Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk

4: Dr. Dang (Anupam Kher) : Film- Karma
Achievement and Activities: Evil plans associated with spreading terror. Somehow gets easily captured by old jailor Dilip Kumar. Very sensitive about his cheeks being molested.
Why is he on the list? “Thappar ki Goonj”. Over the top dialogues oozing with negative energy. Hail Subhash Ghai. No Youtube videos for this one. Just have a look at the pic on the side, and imagine the sheer force of Dr.Dang.

3. Shaakaal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) : Film – Shaan
Achievement and Activities: Owns a shark tank, sliding doors, moisturises scalp regulary. India’s answer to every Bond villain and Dr.evil as well.
Why is he on the list? Shaakaal’s style and charisma excels those of Amitabh, Shashi and Shatrughan put together. His gadgets, comfortable arm-wresting chair, sitting in his control room with buttons et al and surrounded by swimming sharks.
Youtube reference scene (click here): The climax scene of Shaan where Shaakaal takes on the 3 heroes. The background music is not in the movie, but uploaded by the video uploader.

2: Gabbar ( Amjad Khan ) Film – Sholay (as if you needed to know that)
Achievements and Activities: Dacoit, hates Ramgarh and hates Thakur. Has some of the most memorable names in his gang- Sambha and Kaaliya. Enjoys chewing tobacco. Has a taste for gypsy music with bonfire and Helen. Has to his credit some of the most immortal lines of Bollywood history , courtesy Salim Javed. Gabbar is all about lust for money and money for lust (Remember the Mehbooba
song, yeah, do you think Helen would have danced for free? ) Gabbar’s revenue model is money taxation from the villagers of Ramgarh. However , he has special affection for the Thakur’s
family. Having almost wiped the entire Thakur family (and well having killed Thakur’s wife and cut his hands -such a shame!) Gabbar didn’t foresee that Thakur would bring two gabrus to battle him. Moreover, he has the best lineup of sidekicks- Sambha , Kaaliya etc. Has special sentiments for Holi- the festival of colors.
Some really cool philosophies on life: Jo darr gaya, samjho marr gaya – the one who fears is dead.
Why is he on the list? What can I say about Gabbar or rather, what is left for me to say? He is the hero of Sholay. With a laughter that no one can match, even a spitting motion of Gabbar has been patented. We have had remix versions of songs with those dialogues of his fit in. Even Big B couldn’t pull it off to portray a believable Gabbar. That’s why! A salute to the real Gabbar.
Youtube reference scene (click here): There are numerous scenes, but this is just one of them, but the one we all remember the most. It is the “Kitne Aadmi The” scene.

AND THE NUMBER ONE ON THIS LIST IS…NO POINTS FOR GUESSING

1. Mogambo (Amrish Puri) : Film-Mr.India
Achievements and Activities: Terrorism, creating chaos and horror by means of detonating bombs in public places, stealing costly antiques. Owns an army of dedicated soldiers who keep shouting “Hail Mogambo”. Keeps an eye on the latest developments in science and technology, and is assisted by a Chinese scientist. Has golden hair but speaks perfect Hindi. Again, large den, with sliding doors, acid tanks, huge lounge area with a world map drawn on the floor.He even has got the missiles man. And the control room is bigger than that of Loin and Shaakaal. And yeah, it has the “don’t pull it” Lever as well.
Why is he on the list? Because he is straight out of some comic strip. Because when we speak of Amrish Puri or of any Bollywood villain, the expression “Mogambo Khush Hua” comes first. Because Mogambo overshadows all the other peeps in the movie.Because when you search for Mogambo on Youtube, you would first get the Mogambo Khush Hua clip first, and then followed by the clip of the Clark Gable starrer Mogambo, from which the name was taken. Because Mogambo is the largest of all the Bollywood villains.
Youtube reference scene (click here): MOGAMBO KHUSH HUA

PHEW!!!!!! That was a long one. So guys, what did you think about the list. Lemme know! Did you agree with most of them, or not at all. Whom did I miss, and whom did I not treat well? Comments section is open now. Cheers!

Note 1: A sequel is in the making. Watch this space for more.

Note 2: This is a submission for the Reel-life Bloggers contest and links to wogmaand reviewgang.

And again, please remember to check out the sequel to this post –  The Next Top 20 Villains of Bollywood

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  1. How can you forget Govind Namdeo in Bandit Queen

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    Sujoy Reply:

    I am yet to watch Bandit Queen dost. Possibly, I will watch it very soon; That and Sadak, and I’ll do a sequel post to the villains list. :)

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    Hussain Reply:

    You forgot the most trecherous of all villans – Preity Zinta. Wonder if that creature is a man or a woman always eager to take on anyone like a monstrous bully…one wonders if it is PMS all the time or menopause that makes her so bitter and frustrated barging on to closed doors.

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  2. where is authotus rana… i think i did mistake with his first name…. villan actor from movie sangrash… akshay kumar and preety zinta.. were leading actors

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    Sujoy Reply:

    There is Ashutosh Rana on this list. And the one that I have chosen is surely a menacing one as well. He’s at no.12 as Gokul Pandit, the rapist from Dushman.
    I know Sangharsh was also an evil role for him, but there are only twenty places. Will add him in my next upcoming list, so watch this space for more :)

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  3. and ajay in deewangee…. and sunil shetty in baaz..they had done super job than other hilarioius villians

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    Sujoy Reply:

    I don’t think Sunil is making to my list …. Sunil Shetty does not register as an actor to me at all… And Ajay Devgan’s Deewangee, have to watch it I guess.

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    Neil Reply:

    if he doesnt register to u as an actor then u realy dont know what acting is and u r a fool who should go back to school
    bloody Idieot

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    Sujoy Reply:

    Oh, I love when criticism comes in such a manner which reflects the utter daft prick-iness. And I love to reply to these comments with equal joy.
    a) Suniel Shetty is NOT one of the best actors around. Hell, he is not one of the actors around. I don’t think (and now, this is my opinion) that someone will be caught saying Suniel Shetty as their favourite actor.
    b) Moving on, all that I state here is my opinion. That is why it is called ONE KNIGHT STANDS> There is only one knight.. that’s me,, and this is my opinion
    I am not here to satisfy you and your tastes, I am here to express what I feel. Like it, fine. Don’t like it, express it and why. But if you think I am a fool, you are questioning my intelligence. Further, by calling me a ‘bloody Idiot’ you are destroying the fine decorum of this forum.
    c) Now, I have tried my best to be cordial. Even when you have behaved rather nastily.
    I could well have said – the size of your fucking ego is inversely proportional to the size of your penis.
    I could also mention – That Suniel Shetty’s acting impresses you because you were absolutely stunned by the orgasm he faked when you did the dirty with him, you know – even when you’re so clearly shit at doing it.
    I could also have said words like cunt, fuck, shit, piss, mofo, etc etc…
    But I’d rather not. You know why?

    Because I am the Knight. I am the bloody Knight here. And you don’t matter to me.

    And if you think you want some more of this, bring it on Beeeyaaatch!!!!

    Uzair Reply:

    Great list Sujoy. @Neil: Your context, grammar and spelling appears a hybrid mashup of Sunil Shetty’s bloated upper lip and Govinda burping Kajrare to a non-committed audience. And by the way, its spelled: Idiot, not ‘Ideot’. The extra ‘e’ in there makes you look fat which you probably are. There, now stop being a douche and go watch something other than Dadhkan.

    pr4k4shr4j90p41 Reply:

    This reply only warrants another fitting reply if the Neil guy isn’t such a huge grammar gandu. I won’t waste time in trying to correct his grammar. Not worth it. One shouldn’t try advise anybody to go back to school if he himself desperately needs to do the same. Trolls are the gatecrashers of the internet.

    Oh, and the best Sunil Shetty acting I’ve seen is when a comedian did a Verrappan scene with Madhuri Dixit getting kidnapped. Go figure.

    rananjay Reply:

    you don’t have to b’coz ajay’s charachter was a copy of edward norton’s char. in primal fear and here include only the original ones.And please include sayyaji shinde From “Shool” it’s not very popular but the acting and the character is amazing.

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  4. You missed naseerudin in Mohra
    u should revise ur list

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    Sujoy Reply:

    Yes, but I did include a better villaneous role of Naseer on this list – Subedar from Mirch Masala on no.11 and Gulfaam Hassan no.19
    May I repeat again – There are only 20 slots. I will not revise this list. But there is another sequel post in the making.
    Cheers.

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  5. When Amrish Puri blinked, Chuck Norris weeped like a baby. Heh, I agree with adding Naseer on the list. Also, what about Feroz Khan. Thoh, he’s more of a riot than an actual villain…

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  6. Dint watch a lot of the movies….. but the no 1 is undoubtedly deserving of the spot. Only addittion I would recommend is KK Menon for Gulaal….though he is not strictly a villain there

    Can we have a list of comic villains please?

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  7. hehehe, a fine troll. i just love a fine after lunch.

    i have to say Sujoy you might have underestimated Suneil (suneel, sunil,suniel) shetty. He has been an idol for me. He is a person whom I look up to. Even in wildest of my dreams I would not have thought of acting if it was not Suniel Shetty. If he can be in movies, I can be too :P

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  8. This is a nice collection but I would prefer Gabbar over mogambo. Gabbar was one with whom kind of any generations used to connect with as for mogambo he was more hit with kids. But thats my view point only not a contradiction :).

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    Sujoy Reply:

    Well, as I said, everyone is entitled to one’s opinion. And so are you, and me. The debate over Gabbar vs Mogambo is a never ending one.
    Glad you liked this. A sequel post is in the making. Hope you come back to check it out :)

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  9. hey sujoy:)
    i just loved ur article…. made it my FB status link :)
    and this fella who considers Sunil shetty’s work in a trashy movie worthy of being on this list needs some film appreciation classes! Baaz was bakwaas and ajay devgan in deewangee was just trying to play an extension of SrK in Darr or baazigar.. The only time I feel these actors were good on the Silver screen is Hum dil de chuke sanam (The oh-so-wife-donating-generous-husband) and Gopi-Kishen (As inspector gopi (in that too i have to give it up for his loud nagging-Ingliss speaking-pakoda making wife and his rocking son, the dialogue being… ‘mere do do baap’ …
    So, in his words, Mr Neil has watched some real trashy 3rd grade ‘Sinema’ and he sure looks like the ‘bloody Idieot’ here….

    BTW: has he chickened outta this debate???

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  10. hey sujoy:)
    i just loved ur article…. made it my FB status link :)
    and this fella who considers Sunil shetty’s work in a trashy movie worthy of being on this list needs some film appreciation classes! Baaz was bakwaas and ajay devgan in deewangee was just trying to play an extension of SrK in Darr or baazigar.. The only time I feel these actors were good on the Silver screen is Hum dil de chuke sanam (The oh-so-wife-donating-generous-husband) and Gopi-Kishen (As inspector gopi (in that too i have to give it up for his loud nagging-Ingliss speaking-pakoda making wife and his rocking son, the dialogue being… ‘mere do do baap’ …
    So, in his words, Mr Neil has watched some real trashy 3rd grade ‘Sinema’ and he sure looks like the ‘bloody Idieot’ here….

    BTW: has he chickened outta this debate???

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    Sujoy Reply:

    LOL. I do remember Gopi Kishan – Hai Huku Hai Huku Hai Hai :P And also the dialogue – Mere do do baap… child actors like those give me the chills man! Imagine your 5 year old son singing meri pant bhi sexy… of course its kinda ok now, but back in the 90’s …lol

    The dude chickened out I suppose..anywho..

    Thanks for sharing my article, and glad you loved it.
    P.S. Like most movie franchises, there is a sequel in the making to this. Shhhh!!!

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  11. Dear Sujoy,
    Excellent list. And your comments were hilarious too :D. Particularly loved this line “Remember the Mehbooba song, yeah, do you think Helen would have danced for free? ” lol.

    I wanted to bring to your notice Amitabh’s role as the avenging ex-bank employee from the movie Aankhen, where he trains 3 blind men for bank robbery. I thought that was one of Amitabh’s better roles in the past decade.

    Also how did you find Manoj Bajpai in Aks? His laughter was seriously evil.

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  12. Was a joy to read. But two baddies I really expected to be on your list were Ugra Narayan Chaudhury (Pran), the evil zamindar from the Bimal Roy classic Madhumati and Sukhilala (Kanhailal) the scheming money-lender from (oh need i mention it!) Mother India.

    Nevertheless, I really liked your list.

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    Rishoo Reply:

    Probably because Sujoy (i’m guessing) grew up in the 80s and that’s one reason I can quite relate to his choice here….well almost. :)

    But you’re right….Kanhailal and Pran should get a place in the list for Mother India and Madhumati respectively.
    @Atin,

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  13. an important one was roshi manta from khal nayak. another important one was maharani from sadak. both should have been there. lajja shankar should be there for sure from sangharsh. lately, rakh charitra 1’s bukka reddy was awesome. and last but not the least, i think gabbar should be number one and mogambo number 2.

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  14. @Sujoy, ur list is good but add Bhuka reddy(Abhimanuy singh) from Rakthcharitra , u would have never seen such evil character in bollywood, mark my words he will be the best villain of bollywood…

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  15. Guess after seeing Agneepath (2012), we all agree that Sanjay Dutt or Rishi Kapoor deserve places in this classement !!!! Also don’t forget Danny Denzongpa in Ghatak, Pukar………………. Or Amitabh Bachchan in RGV ki aag (just joking !!!)

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  16. I dont think Mogambo is that great an acting, Amrish himself has done atleast a dozen villain roles better than Mogambo role. Prem Chopra not in the list makes it incomplete & he is the best villain in Bollywood. Pran & Amrish are no less baddies, these 3 were always the best. The best villain role in my opinion is of Gabbar Singh & Danny in Dhund. Amjad khan shined like a flash in the pan in that, only Amitabh did better in Sholay, after Sholay Amjad was never so good, maybe success had go into his head. Unlike today’s actors Amjad used to play a Hindu role as he should, despite his not being the best he was very good in every role. These 4 never faded, Prem, Amrish, Danny & Pran. In his villain days Shakti was great too, as comedian he is wasting his talent.

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  17. Kanhaiyalal – Mother India
    Gulshan Grover in Sadma was more ‘realistically evil’ trying to molest memory-lost-till-childhood Sridevi..er sort of like a pedophile..eeyuck.. see for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOL9ncNQ56w makes you wanna tell all kids to STAY AWAY FROM STRANGERS!

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