Top 5 Iconic Villains of Indian Movies

shakespeare“A villain who shares one’s guilt is inevitably more attractive than a hero convinced of one’s innocence.” (Kenneth Tynan)

Bollywood movies are nothing without villains as if there is no any villain in a film then surely the film will unable to arouse the feelings of pity and fear. The Bollywood industry has a wide range of villains as they have shown in their films with the variety of antagonists. Each movie is incomplete if there is no any antagonist who urges the protagonist to disclose such characteristics that can declare him / her as a hero of the film. Without villains, the people can never judge the goodness as well as the wickedness of the persons.

The Indian cinema has a number of great villains that have been presented since 1960s. There are some Bollywood characters that are always favorite to play as a role of villain in the films like Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal, and Gulshan Grovar. These antagonists perform in the films with such characteristics that can stir up the feelings of abhorrence in the hearts of the people.

What is a film if there is no any villain? And what will be a villain if his name you can’t remember…

In the Indian cinema, the role of a villain has become more powerful and influential than that of the protagonists day in and day out. There are a few names of the villains who have made their place in the hearts of the people.

• Amrish Puri

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The Indian cinema has many villains in its history but among those villains Amrish Puri is known as the best anti hero and an invincible character. He has an inborn ability to portray the characters of a villain in the films. He has appeared in more than 400 movies in his career. Among them Mr India, Damini, Ghayal, Meri Jung and Ram Lakhan are known as the best films for his negative roles. He has done a mind blowing acting in these films. His metaphorical performance varies him from the other ones. There are many songs that have picturized on him.

• Pran Krishan Sikand


There are many super villains in the Indian cinema and the name of Pran Krishan is also among them. He had made many movies as a protagonist during the period of 1940 to 1947 and then he moved his acting genre into an antagonist. He has started his acting as a villain from 1948 – 2007. He was known as the king of villains in his time just for his brilliant performance. There are a few names of the films in which he has performed intensely as a villain such as Zanjeer, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai, Madhumati, and Amar Akbar Anthony.

• Nana Patekar

nana patekar

Nana Patekar is famous as a villain for just his inspiring eyes and cold blood attitude in the films. He looks like as he was born with the purpose of playing as a role of villain. He has made a number of movies with the negative roles but among them Agni Sakshi and Parinda are the best to remember. In Parinda, he has played as a role of Anna that has become as an iconic name among the others.

• Ashutosh Rana

Ashutosh Rana

Ashutosh Rana is another name in the genre of villains. He has appeared in a number of films with positive as well as negative roles but he achieved fame from his negative acting in the films like Dushman and Sangharsh. He is known as a serial killer who has spread terror in the minds of the people with his brilliant acting through thriller films. He has created suspense with the constant murders of the girls in the film, Dushman. He has also looked evil and scary in the sari that he wore in Sangharsh.

• Amjad Zakaria Khan

Amjad khan

It looks like as Amjad Khan was born to perform for negative roles in the films. His personality and style of acting differentiates him and makes him favorable among the other villains of the Bollywood industry. He has appeared in more than 130 Indian movies throughout his career but he achieved success and fame with his negative roles as Gabbar Singh in a classical film, Sholay and as Dilawar in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar. He has also appeared in the video songs of various movies.


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