The changing face of the bad guy in Bollywood
From the ruthless zamindars exploiting farmers in the 40s and 50s to the fearful dacoit Gabbar Singh (left) putting little kids to sleep in the 70s, Bollywood always made sure that the antagonist was as terrifying as he could get.
However, in the current scenario, there is no larger-than-life Mogambo (Mr. India, 1987) or Dr Dang (Karma, 1986) or JK (Shahenshah, 1988), but working-class villains such as Laik (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who turned into a killer in Badlapur, because of his circumstances. Actor Sonu Sood, who portrayed the role of a local goon as Chhedi Singh in Dabangg (2010), feels, “I think the lines are blurring between a hero and a villain. We enjoy more realistic, grey roles.” Veteran actor Prem Chopra, adds, “These days, the audiences are much more aware
and want to know why the villain turned a bad guy. May be that’s why the negative roles are written better.”