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B-town villains that got more popular than the protagonists

SNS | New Delhi | Updated :

The role of a villain is an integral part of most Bollywood films. And when it comes to big budget films, leading actors often have to step out of their shoes and essay the role of a villain. As of now, we are quite familiar with the cast of Padmavati where Ranveer Singh seems to be the villain or at least an anti-hero in the film. This is something Ranveer has never done before. Going by his latest poster, he looks quite menacing. Whether Ranveer will outshine the hero in his upcoming film is still an unanswered question, but in the past there have been times when the film baddie got a little more popularity than the protagonist of the film.

Here’s a list of B-town actors, who totally rocked the character of bad guys – villains on the silver screen:

1. Vidyut Jamwal

The actor made his debut in Bollywood with the action-crime film, Force, alongside John Abraham as the meanest and sadistic drug lord Vishnu. Vidyut got tremendous amount of appreciation from critics and fans for his acting skills and onscreen appearance. But what got in the eye of everyone was his action scenes which he performed all by himself. The actor received numerous awards and nominations and became one of the most loved villains of Bollywood films.

2, John Abraham

How can Vidyut Jamwal become one of the most loved villains without John Abraham’s aid. John was one of the first actors to receive more love than the protagonist of the film as the man knew how to ride a bike, rob a bank, charm the women and most importantly look sexy while doing it all. The actor as Kabir in the first installment of Dhoom was the only villain so far in the franchise who is really the bad guy unlike his successors Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan. Dhoom became the turning point in the actor’s life and rest is history.

3. Vivek Oberoi

‘Maya Bhai’ aka Vivek Oberoi is by far considered as one of the best gangsters on screen. Oberoi swept almost every award for his portrayal of Maya Dolas in Shootout At Lokhandwala and made a comeback to the industry after a string of flops. The actor prepared very hard for the character mostly to adapt the mannerism of the real life gangster. The film was so successful mostly because of the acting skills and the Vivek factor to it that it spawned off a sequel but unfortunately didn’t feature Vivek as besides being loved by all bad guys goes to hell in the end.

4. Saif Ali Khan

What if you see a well-mannered clean-shaven Saif Ali Khan in a different universe where he sports a beard, a prosthetic leg and manners of abusing everyone as he finds it funny to insult everyone with some of his own fusion of vulgar remarks! You’ll be shocked,right? But well, that didn’t happen as Saif won millions of hearts with his performance as Langada Tyagi in Omkara and went on to receive numerous awards and nominations for the same. It’s always interesting to see good guys gone bad to reveal the dark side and Saif, indeed, did justice to his character.

5. Sanjay Dutt

Sanju Baba is often referred to as Deadly Dutt by critics and fans for his larger than life roles and he has proved why he is one of the most versatile actors of Bollywood as he has stepped into different genres like comedy, action, drama, romance and thriller. But Dutt has always been appreciated for his anti-hero characters such as Khalnayak, Kaante, Musafir and Agneepath. Almost in every film where he can be seen as the bad guy, he outshines the protagonist of the film. Well Sanju Baba, who was last seen in Bhoomi, will be next seen in Saheb Biwi Gangster 3 and probably we just might see shades of grey in his character as the previous installments of films had a dark and realistic tone to it.