Readers' Choice: The Greatest Villains of all time
Villains are a colourful, entertaining lot, but beneath the over character styling lurks a great actor infusing darkness and evil into the role. Here's a look at the ten men you picked as the best of the baddest:
10. Gulshan Grover
A menacing character with an unpredictable streak, one never knew just how horribly cruel Grover would turn out to be. He started out as a youngster, the spoilt scion of the headline villain, but soon grew into his own, fighting heroes and terrorizing nubile young things with a certain flair.
And who can forget Ram Lakhan, where he memorably christened himself 'Bad Man'?
Image: Gulshan Grover
And he then went from that to a complete image overhaul as he turned his screen persona into that of a smarmy, wily, often comedic villain. His distinctive voice and exaggerated manner of speech was his calling card.
While other actors (like Shakti Kapoor, say) came to be associated with rape, there was only one Ranjeet.
7. Anupam Kher
He's done far more than his fair share of evil roles -- from ruthless businessman to cruel father to cold-hearted crime boss -- but the one performance that makes him a legendary villain came in Karma, where he played the nefarious Dr Dang.
Image: Anupam Kher
6. Danny Dengzongpa
Cold as a frozen pistol, Danny seemed heartless but his villainy was tinged with the sadness of a man wronged, a fallen hero who is now bad. His two best performances, of course, are Bhaktawar in Hum and Kancha Chinha in Agneepath.
Image: Danny Denzongpa
5. Prem Chopra
He was like a Reggie Mantle to the hero's Archie, except he routinely knocked up women and remorselessly shoved them off cliffs whenever they told him they were about to bear his child. "Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra," he'd say, and the rest is legend.
Image: Prem Chopra
And what he added to the mix was a cold and calculating tone of voice, menacing in it's exactitude, delivered without emotion and in a voice that made generations of mimicry artists flourish. He gave the villain Style.
He was a fine actor who had earned equal footing as the hero, and while he made his on-screen persona mostly grating and insufferable, and the only thing you could be sure of when you saw Pran pop up in a film was that he'd surprise you.
2. Amrish Puri
A booming baritone, a usually bald head, those big eyes widened to twice their size when angered, Puri was larger than life. There are too many memorable performances, but the man's legacy remains Mogambo.
Image: Amrish Puri
1. Amjad Khan
Amjad brought a hysterical edge to the character, underscoring his harsh ruthlessness with a mad whimsy. There are villains many throughout Hindi film history, but they'd all quake in their boots at the sight of Gabbar. And with good reason, too.
Image: Amjad Khan