Bollywood characters are often described as exaggerated, over the top or larger than life. While the heroes are endearing despite their flaws, the same cannot be said of negative characters. Like it or not, some of them have a way of getting under your skin so you can’t help but remember them, even if you wish you didn’t.
These 10 villains are always at the top of love-to-hate lists.
1. Gabbar Singh (Sholay)
Dacoits weren’t so terrifying until they came closer to home, brought to life by Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh in the cult-classic Sholay. His powerful portrayal of the character left everyone shaking in their shoes or should we say seats?!
2. Mogambo (Mr. India)
Bollywood’s own Adolf Hitler! Amrish Puri was iconic as the megalomaniac General Mogambo in Mr. India. If you heard it once you couldn’t help but include the three words ‘Mogambo khush hua’ in your vocabulary for expressing evil glee.
3. Lion aka Loin (Kalicharan)
Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing! In Kalicharan, Ajit played the two-faced character of Seth Din Dayal with finesse, but it was in the evil avatar as Lion that he shone, redefining sinister as Bollywood knew it.
4. Robert (Amar Akbar Antony)
Colonial hangover? Either way, Jeevan as the wicked mob boss Robert in Amar Akbar Anthony made one’s blood boil with his Angrezi-Hindi dialogues and his callous treatment of the underprivileged.
5. Kancha Cheena (Agneepath)
Bollywood’s version of gangster and drug wars, Danny was the ultimate drug lord in Agneepath! While his piercing stare (through dark glasses!) was terrifying enough, the sinister laugh delivered the final punch!
6. Sukhi Lala (Mother India)
The cunning money lender played by Kanhaiyalal preyed on the misery of the poor. The scene of him inviting Nutan into his home is reminiscent of a lion leading a lamb into its lair!
7. Sir Juda (Karz)
Why waste energy reciting powerful dialogues when you can scare the hell out of everyone by just tapping out messages?! Premnath as Sir Judah didn’t utter a word, but still managed to epitomize evil. Needless to say, his henchman was way ahead of Google Translate!
8. Prem Chopra (Bobby)
Move over 007! What could be more effective than a villain using his real-life name as a calling card?! Prem Chopra did just this in Bobby.
9. Mahendra Pratap Singh – Shikari (Govinda)
From masala movie hero to the murderous spice tycoon, Mahendra Pratap Singh, Chi Chi’s transformation was convincing!
10. Ugra Narayan – Madhumati (Pran)
Pran as the horse-riding, self-important boss with little regard for the villagers looked menacing enough to kill with a just swish of his whip!