Ranveer Singh’s scattered locks and menacing kohled eyes in Padmavati poster has scarred us for life. The sheer amount of evilness exuded by these posters tell us how much work has gone into getting the look of Alauddin Khilji – the role being played by Ranveer – right.
The posters give a sneak peek into the intensity with which Ranveer has dived into Khilji’s character – the villain in Padmavati. Seeing Ranveer personify the 14th-century ruthless ruler of Delhi has proved the actor is hell bent to push boundaries.
The posters have kind of confirmed that no one else other than Ranveer could have pulled off this look with such elan. As they say getting the look right is half the battle won. But will his performance be as strong? I haven’t seen him in any negative role yet. So, it will be difficult to predict. I can only hope that his sinister look is matched by an epic performance. As for inspiration and point of reference, as to how evil I would like Ranveer to be, here’s a look at the most dreadful villains of Bollywood.
Gabbar Singh in Sholay:
There will never be conversations about ruthless villains in the history of Bollywood without mentioning Gabbar Singh from Sholay (1975). Amjad Khan played the role of the dacoit in this pathbreaking movie. It was Amjad’s demeanour that made even a simple dialogue like ‘Kitne Aadmi The’ iconic. The way Gabbar cut off Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar’s) hands in the movie, gave chills to all viewers and it still gives the same feeling. Gabbar had all the qualities of a dreadful villain and despite the fact that Sholay released decades ago, I just can’t stop fearing him. After all- ‘Soo jaa bache, warna Gabbar aa jaayega!’
Shakaal in Shaan:
Kulbhushan Kharbanda as the bald villain in this 1980 release was horrific, to say the least. Despite the presence of Sunil Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Rakhee Gulzar, Parveen Babi, it was Kulbhushan who stood out in the movie. Shakaal drew pleasure from torturing his traitors and enemies. To punish people, Shakal unleashed wild dogs on them and fed them to crocodiles. If Shakal did not give you sleepless nights, I don’t know what will.
Mogambo in Mr India:
When Amrish Puri said ‘Mogambo Khush Hua’ in the 1987 movie Mr India, everyone was petrified. A large proportion of Mogambo’s character was made up of the tortures he put kids through. Mogambo was heartless and Amrish Puri was probably the best part of this sci-fi movie. It was only his mercilessness that forced the invisible man Anil Kapoor to get frightened. Imagining any other actor other than Amrish Puri in this role is impossible.
Makdee in Makdee:
The entire plot of this 2002 release revolved around Shabana Azmi scaring kids. She locked children in a dungeon and the little ones lived in constant fear that a witch lived in the house. The way Shabana unleashed mental torture on the kids was spine-chilling. Shabana playing the role of villain deserves more lauds because benevolence and kindness are virtues related to women but she broke it and even scared the adults.
Kancha Cheena in Agneepath:
Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena in Agneepath (2012) was huge and frightful. The actor bulked up to do justice to the role and managed to horrify everyone. It was Kancha Cheena’s shrewd nature which turned the prosperous village of Mandva to a place producing drugs. If you have seen the movie, you’d know how petite the well-built Hrithik Roshan looked in front of him. Towards the climax of the movie, it looked almost impossible that Vijay (Hrithik) would be able to physically take on him. But you know the villain can never really win in a Bollywood movie.
Rauf Lala in Agneepath:
Agneepath did not have one but two dangerous villains. While Kaancha Cheena was frightful, Rauf Lala (Rishi Kapoor) was cunning. The don who profited from flesh trade unleashed his grim side when he was directly affected. When Rauf learnt Vijay was the reason his son died, he kidnapped the latter’s sister. This was followed by him using sexually explicit language for a minor girl and how her young age would fetch him a lot of money. The graphic words should be muted in presence of kids. The bottom line is Rauf Lala and his kohled eyes had more ghastly intentions than one would imagine.
Bhallala Deva in Baahubali 2:
Bhallala Deva was that cruel king no one wanted to be a subject of. He forced his people to stand in the scorching sun to erect his golden statue, kept his sister-in-law Devasena in captivity for decades and even did not blink an eye before attacking his own mother Sivagami. There is no sin that this villain is not capable of committing. In Baahubali 2, Bhallala Deva’s grandness was enough to establish that he is not the man one should mess with. Remember how conveniently Bhallala Deva kept picking and smashing Mahendra Baahubali like he was a toy, at the end of Baahubali 2? And Mahendra was his niece. This only proves Bhallala Deva didn’t have an ounce of kindness in him.
(Yes, technically Baahubali 2 was not a Bollywood movie but Karan Johar did distribute the Hindi version of it. Also, the immense love this movie received forced us to take it into the list!)
I am sure this list of villains would force you to re-watch these movies. But do you think Ranveer Singh will outdo these iconic villains in Padmavati? I hope he does, I am rooting for it.
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