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Bollywood baddies

02:49 AM Jun 01, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

We have come a long way from the hero-heroine-villain way of life and sometimes when you surf the television and go back in time…your guilty pleasure does call for another Mugambo or a Gabbar Singh in our films, admit it! PRATISHTHA MALHOTRA ponders over it.

Jo Darr Gaya, Samjho Marr Gaya….The biggest villain in the history of Indian Cinema, Gabbar Singh immortalized ‘BAD’ in the classic Sholay. Amjad Khan played a character that is so difficult to recreate on the celluloid ever again. Nobody has been able to emulate it. Those were the days when the heroes of the film were worshipped because the villains were not just bad, they were Gabbar bad.

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One can never forget this classic where every character was so perfectly blended in the screenplay that even after years and years of its release, it is what Indian Cinema is remembered by. Friendship was tested, loyalty was tested and love… love was tested too. This form of art has survived through various tests over the time and managed to remain enthralling and unforgettable.

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Yes, being bad was cool but killing the bad was cooler. Screens were flooded with whistles, hoots and claps when Mugambo said, “Mugambo Khush Hua”. His powerful baritone, fierce eyes sent shivers down the spines of many. Dr. Dang (Anupam Kher), Shakaal (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) or KanchaCheena (Danny Denzongpa) with their trademark sneer and bloodshot eyes were the spine chilling antagonists people loved to hate.

The moment these Legends took the mantle of villainy, history was created. That was the age of larger than life, creepy looking bad guys with a penchant for breaking into sinister ‘muhahas’ and painful punishments and I am sure you never wanted to be near them, not even in your dreams. Time changed, Cinema changed and we lost almost all of this and stories were made, but BAD was not as bad that we would be terrified off.

The cold hearted villains left the celluloid creating a void of iconic dialogues. Seems like we have been running in circles these days and look what we have found one more time. Rishi Kapoor who has made a career out of wooing his heroines singing songs in his ‘sweater’ came to haunt us as Rauf Lala in Karan Malhotra’s Agneepath.

The good boys of Cinema took over the baton of BAD and just like that the Munna Bhai, Sanjay Dutt who hugged everyone to make things alright made our heart stop beating as the evil Kancha. It was cruel, it was violent and THEY WERE BACK….The transition that Senior Kapoor’s career took at this point in time seems to have been very enjoyable for him. His portrayal of Mr. D or Goldman like he is referred to in the film D-Day is a classic example of what we have been missing all these years on screen. Oh yes! We have the baddies back.

“Trigger Keech, maamla mat keech. Khich gaya na toh bohot takleef doonga”. Roars of applause were witnessed on such lines once again.

Since all good boys were turning into baddies, how could the Khiladi Kumar who jumps buildings like cakewalk stay behind. ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ saw the transition of a hero to a villain dobaara. “Main toh villain hu… Mujhe achcha banneka koi shauk nahin hai, Villain woh hai jo sharafat ki ummeed khud se bhi nahi karta”. He says such lines with a cold heart and makes us realise what Hindi Cinema was all about.

Indian cinema has provided us with an array of villains, complying not only to the entertainment need of the audience but also reflecting the socio – political atmosphere of our country brilliantly. They are back with a bang this time and somewhere there is a hope that they are here to stay.

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