Randeep Hooda may be becoming one of Hindi cinema’s best baddies, but several big actors have taken on the huge risk of playing villians. tabloid! picks a few who are so bad they’re good:
Shah Rukh Khan in Baazigar (1993): This thriller announced the arrival of Shah Rukh Khan in Bollywood. Playing the blood-thirsty, revenge-seeking Ajay to perfection, he killed and used women mercilessly to avenge his father’s death. The scene in which he topples a love-struck Shilpa Shetty off a terrace is chilling yet riveting.
Saif Ali Khan in Ek Hasina Thi (2004): Loosely based on Sidney Sheldon’s novel If Tomorrow Comes, this psychological thriller saw Khan play a suave villain with chilling intensity. Watch how businessman Karan (Khan) tricks his lover Sarika, played by Urmila Matondkar, into drug dealing. Without blinking an eye, he carts her off to prison. Who said breaking up with your long-time girlfriend over an SMS was the worst way to do it?
Amitabh Bachchan in Aankhen (2002): This film was a classic case of an ordinary man turning bestial when life treats him shabbily. Bachchan played an honest bank officer with zero tolerance for dishonesty. His only crime? He beats up his colleague when he sees him cheating his bank customers. He’s fired and as an act of revenge he plans to loot his ex-employers, and is happy to resort to violence, kidnapping and murder to reach his goal. Hell hath no fury like a workaholic scorned.
Aftab Shivdasani in Kasoor (2001): This thriller, inspired by Hollywood’s Jagged Edge, saw him play a cold-blooded murderer with conviction. Not only does he pull off a perfect crime, he convinces his lawyer (the buxom Lisa Ray) that he’s husband material too.
Abhishek Bachchan in Yuva (2004): Set in Kolkota, Bachchan Jr played a local goon Lallan Singh, who kills for a living and roughs up his wife occasionally. But despite all this, don’t beat yourself up if you find yourself rooting for Lallan, who has never been given a fair chance in life. Bachchan was unapologetically bad and we loved him for that.