Bollywood villains are a star on their own right. Few would disagree, but the villains of Hindi cinema possess a charisma that makes them an endearing character, no matter how much you love to hate them.
This is quite contradictory, right? How can a villain make such a lasting impression? Well, Bollywood villains are different; you can’t compare them with other genre ones. They carry themselves with style and panache and that is why you must check this list of 10 films, where the villain turned out to be more stylish than the hero.
10 Times Bollywood Villains Out-shadowed Heroes in Style
- Aryan Singh (Dhoom 2)
- Sonia Roy (Aitraaz)
- Samar/Sahir (Dhoom 3)
- Langda Tyagi (Omkara)
- Susanna (7 Khoon Maaf)
- Kaizad Khambatta (Bombay Velvet)
- Rahul Mehra (Darr)
- Mogambo (Mr. India)
- Shakaal (Shaan)
- Gabbar Singh (Sholay)
1. Aryan Singh (Dhoom 2)
Has ever a villain looked this good in a film? Well okay, Hrithik wasn’t a conventional villain per se; he was more of an anti-hero. With his Greek god-like features which got accentuated with head-turning sleeveless shirts, cool shades and devil may care attitude, this drool-worthy villain made the Abhishek Uday duo look like kinder garden children out on a school picnic. The master of disguises stole our heart with his dangerously low jeans, sexy bandana, and curly golden mane.
2. Sonia Roy (Aitraaz)
How do you make yourself memorable in the presence of Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar? You become fabulous! And so fabulous did Priyanka become that she is the one who owned the film. Before stunning the world with her Baywatch act this Desi girl outshined all while playing a sex deprived woman in this 2004 potboiler. Be it her business suits in pastel colors worn to perfection with pearl strings or the floral swimwear she brought elegance to it all. And how can we ever forget the Tala Tum song where the sexy babe rocked the dance floor in a midriff-baring black velvet gown with a Swarovski string jacket!
3. Samar/Sahir (Dhoom 3)
The small fedora sported by Aamir Khan eluded much more charm than Abhishek and Uday combined. You might prefer it to be the USP of Dhoom franchise but they never fail to portray their anti-heroes in a much more charismatic manner than its protagonists. Such was the case of the super cool Aamir who grabbed eyeballs with his toned body, sexy tattoos and velvet Nehru jackets with a waistcoat fit. And in case you are a biker dude then you surely must have gone gaga over his elementary biking gear which became a craze among online shoppers.
4. Langda Tyagi (Omkara)
Leave it to Vishal Bharadwaj to make the villain stand out in the 2006 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello. The Bhojpuri fashion became a trend and so did the foul-mouthed Tyagi’s cropped hairstyle and ear loops. When the character derives inspiration from the Baap of all villains – Gabbar Singh then definitely some pataka is expected out of it. Such humongous was the effect of this anti-hero that a new movie based on his sole character is soon going to hit the production floors.
5. Susanna (7 Khoon Maaf)
Piggy Chops gets a second mention in our list for her portrayal of the mentally-deranged and lovelorn Susanna which earned her cinematic accolade and applause. Each of the seven stages of life that she goes through are amazing and extremely fashionable. From being a bubbly wife of army personnel to a rocker babe she nailed all of it beautifully. Be it the serene salwar suits she wore or the golden shimmery saree PiggyChops looked brilliant in all.
6. Kaizad Khambatta (Bombay Velvet)
Reputed filmmaker Karan Johar who is popular for his sarcasm filled a sense of humor surprised his audiences with his new avatar in the movie Bombay Velvet where he portrayed the nemesis of Ranbir Kapoor. With his sexy suits, scarf, brooch pin, mustache, and the villainous glance this baddie with salt and pepper hair garnered more cheers than the protagonist street fighter. Who can forget Karan’s white suit with black collar and polka dotted bow tie! This grey character with a certain affinity for liquor leaves Ranbir’sJohnny Balraj far behind in the style and charm race.
7. Rahul Mehra (Darr)
When the king of romance Badshah Khan broke all stereotypes and went on to portray the role of the evil Rahul Mehra not only did he manage to catch the attention of his viewers but also overshadowed the lead role played by the brawny Sunny Deol. Playing the role of a delusional psychopath surely wasn’t an easy task for the king of romance. Despite being wrong from all angles this stammering stalker managed to win our hearts with his unadulterated love for his classmate Simran played by Juhi Chawla. Can you really forget that iconic multi-color flannel shirt, black baggy jeans and white contrast belt with Swiss Alps in the background? Well, we sure cant!
8. Mogambo (Mr. India)
This 1987 science fiction film introduced us to an interesting fellow with a tuft of golden hair, bling rings, and a bejeweled jacket. Throughout the film, he was on a hunt of the secret formulae of becoming invisible. We wish we could get our hands on his eccentric style secrets which totally overshadowed the shabbily dressed protagonist Anil Kapoor. And when he mouthed the epic “ Mogambo Khush Hua” our heart skipped a beat. Can there be a more stylish villain than Mogambo? No way, not a chance! Those bejeweled jackets were a trend then, and are the same now.
9. Shakaal (Shaan)
This Ramesh Sippy directed Bollywood potboiler brought us face to face with an uber cool villain whose character was created in line with James Bond. Dressed in high collar Nehru jacket this hi-tech super villain proved that being bald can be sexy. Kulbhushan Kharbanda’s gizmo fanatic and soft-spoken Shakaal liked to feed his enemies to alligators while his sinister smirk made the character all the more terrifying. Shakaal with his evil spree and suave charisma easily overshadowed all the other three protagonists Shatrughan Sinha, Amitabh Bachchan, and Shashi Kapoor Shaan se.
10. Gabbar Singh (Sholay)
The greatest Bollywood film ever made also gave us the greatest villain – Gabbar Singh, a name that can send chills down the spine. This may not be the exact stylish villain you were thinking about but if a villain’s military colored shirts, pants, and talisman become the hottest trend among youths then hands down, he is more stylish than the heroes. This bearded, tobacco chewing dacoit equipped with a whip in one hand and a pistol in other could easily give the other three male actors of the film – Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan a run for their money. This sadistic gang lord who didn’t flinch twice before pulling the trigger of his pistol could shake up an entire movie theatre with his trademark laughter and immortal dialogues.
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