Feb 7, 2018
People can’t seem to stop raving about Ranveer Singh’s portrayal of Alauddin Khilji in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat. The actor went through an intense training and owned the big screen with his acting prowess and “oh, so scary” depiction of the Delhi Sultan.
But, he isn’t the only antagonist people have loved. In the past, several actors performed their negative characters so well that they overshadowed the protagonist. Here are a few such amazing antagonist roles which made us go, “Wow! That was good!”
Shah Rukh Khan (Darr) –
This role was rejected by many top actors including Salman Khan. SRK was advised not to take up such a negative character since it was not the norm of the day for the leading actors to play such roles. However, Shah Rukh took up the challenge and the rest is history! Darr is one of SRK’s most celebrated roles. “I love you Kkkkk...Kiran” is still a rage with Kirans!
Kajol (Gupt) –
Rajiv Rai’s Gupt is considered a movie ahead of its time for its compelling thrilling murder mystery which left the audience guessing till the last scene who the killer was! No one saw it coming that it was Kajol’s character all along. Playing an obsessive lover, Kajol won everyone’s heart. A leading lady playing the antagonist was totally unheard of back in the day.
Ritesh Deshmukh (Ek Villain) –
Had it not been for Genelia D’ Souza, Ritesh Deshmukh might have remained typecast in comedy roles. Playing a psychopath killer, he made the movie worth watching. His expressions and cold dialogue delivery proved he is an actor worth noticing.
Saif Ali Khan ( Omkara) –
Touted as one of his amazing performances, Omkara made Saif showcase his prowess as a ruthless and calculating villain Langda Tyagi. The critically-acclaimed film became one of his most watchable films.
Priyanka Chopra (7 Khoon Maaf) –
She was both the hero and the villain in 7 Khoon Maaf. Desi Girl proved how powerful she can be on screen playing such difficult, grey characters most actresses refuse. She earned a lot of applaud for her portrayal of this femme fatale who murders her 7 husbands before renouncing it all.
Akshay Kumar (Ajnabee) –
Playing a vicious antagonist who would do anything for money, Akshay Kumar stood out with his performance in this Abbas – Mastan flick. The movie helped prove how he was still the Khiladi of box office.
Sanjay Dutt (Khalnayak) –
As per the name, Dutt made the movie buffs go rife with his praises. He has since played negative roles in many movies with perfection, notably in Agneepath in 2012. He managed to show his power on screen with his portrayal of Kancha in the movie
Varun Dhawan (Badlapur) –
Who knew Junior Dhawan would be able to do full justice to a dark movie like Badlapur. On a revenge spree after his wife’s murder, his nuanced performance won the hearts of audience and critics alike.
Amitabh Bachchan (Aankhen) –
Its rare to see Big B in such complicated, gripping roles. His character in the movie keeps on building as the film progresses and towards the end of the film, his obsession makes the viewers marvel at the legendary actor’s talents.
Ajay Devgn (Deewangee) –
This is probably his most underrated roles ever. Back in the 90s it was rare to see mental disorders being portrayed on screen in a proper manner. Ajay’s character in the film suffers from split personality disorder and leaves the viewers heart-wrenched in this enigmatic tale of murder mystery. His performance in the film won everyone’s heart.