The chang­ing face of the bad guy in Bol­ly­wood

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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.”

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