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The rough characters that won hearts!

Now neither Mogembo’s existence survived, neither Bedman nor Dr. Deng’s face was visible on the screen. Now there is not much difference between a hero and a villain! The villain turned into a ‘grey-character’. This change is now visible in many films. But, such experiments have happened in the past, when the role of the hero in the story was made as the villain! But, the audience still sympathized with the character.

Hemant Pal

In movies, villain means a character who is against the hero throughout the film and harms him in every way. There is no humanity in it and it is synonymous with oppression, excess. But, the change that took place in the world of cinema in the last years has shattered many of the notions that have changed the identity of the villain. Villains are an important part of any film! The movie villain who was known for his brutality and slyness almost disappeared from the movies! Even if there is a villain in a film, there is neither expression of cruelty on his face nor the style in his eyes which is the identity of his villain. In the past decade, this change has become increasingly visible in films. Now neither the existence of Mogembo, nor the face of Bedman nor Dr. Deng was visible on the screen. Now there is not much difference between a hero and a villain! The villain actually turned into a ‘grey-character’. This change is now visible in many films! But, such experiments have happened in the past, when the role of the hero in the story was made as the villain! But, the audience still sympathized with the character.

One such film was ‘Kismat’ (1943), directed by Gyan Mukerji, in which the hero Ashok Kumar’s character was the villain. This was probably the first Hindi film to be a villain-oriented film. It was the story of a young thief in which Ashok Kumar’s character was ‘Shekhar’, a thief-rogue. But, despite being socially unacceptable, he exemplifies kindness, compassion, love and friendship. It was the first such film to have earned one crore. The film was also the first film to be in theaters for three consecutive years. Mother India, which came in 1957, will also be considered an anti-hero film. Sunil Dutt’s role in this was definitely negative, but he won the hearts of the audience. He was certainly a dacoit, but he was also the messiah of the poor. Sunil Dutt later played similar negative characters in 36 Hours (1974) and Mujhe Jeene Do (1963).

The rough characters that won hearts!

One such film was ‘Ganga Jamuna’ (1961), in which Dilip Kumar revived the instincts of two brothers to fight against crime. Dilip Kumar played the role of Ganga, who ends injustice. His brother Jamuna lives in the police. There is also a conflict between the two brothers. But, the character made a robber in the story affects the audience more. A similar story was in ‘Deewar’, in which Amitabh Bachchan played his character alive. Something similar happened in Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’ (1975). This may be the story of the horror of the brutal dacoit Gabbar Singh, but the audience remembered this dacoit more. Amitabh and Dharmendra become Jai and Veeru are remembered after that. Gabbar Singh was the villain in the film, who helped the two heroes to survive. Because, the villain is the character who makes the hero a hero. Amitabh Bachchan also played the negative role of an underworld don in 1978’s ‘Don’ and it is one of Amitabh’s most successful films. In films it is usually the villain character, but in ‘Don’ it is played by the protagonist. Later it was also remade. Shahrukh Khan played the role of Amitabh in this. Amrish Puri has been the most successful villain of his time. His heavy dialogue delivery and eye-dropping brutality had a different style of its own. But, his character of Mogambo in ‘Mr. India’ (1987) was very interesting. Being a villain, the audience never got angry with him. One of his dialogues ‘Mogembo Khush Hua’ remained on the tongue of every child for years.

Who can forget the lame Tyagi!

‘Satya’ (1998) is counted among the best films of Ram Gopal Varma. The film was a story of organized crime. The plot of the film was written by Saurabh Shukla and Anurag Kashyap. Manoj Bajpayee played the role of Bhikhu Mhatre in this. Despite being a criminal character, the audience sympathizes with Bhikhu Mhatre. The character of Vishal Bhardwaj’s 2006 film ‘Omkara’ that the audience remembers even today was Ishwar Tyagi aka ‘Langda Tyagi’ who impressed the audience with his performance. Saif Ali Khan played this character very well. Shahid Kapoor’s film ‘Kaminey’ (2009) was also one such film in which the match between twins was told. Shahid played a negative character in the film. The film praised realistic characters and told that there is no end to good and evil! It is important to understand the difference between these two.

The rough characters that won hearts!

These negative characters to remember

The 2012 film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ is often compared to ‘Omkara’. A large audience liked this film very much. In this, Manoj Bajpayee played the role of villain Sarkar Khan. This is such a character in the film, which the audience did not hate. Shahid Kapoor’s role in the film Haider (2014), based on the life of Shakespeare’s work ‘Hamlet’, cannot be called a hero. It stars Haider (Shahid Kapoor), a man who sets out in search of his father and loses his composure. While watching the film, it is never felt that Haider’s character is negative. While watching ‘Padmavat’, the audience felt like seeing Khilji (Ranveer Singh). The audience falls in love with Khilji’s brutal character. The characters that Shahrukh Khan played in films like Baazigar, Darr and Anjaam were like villains. Darr, made in 1993, was a thriller love story. In this, Shahrukh played the character of a mad lover. Seeing the madness that Shahrukh showed for Juhi Chawla, the audience did not get angry but sympathized. Similarly, the 1994 film Anjaam focuses on the consequences of a mistake. The film was based on the atrocities committed on women. In this also Shahrukh played a negative character, for which he also got the Filmfare Award. By the way, Shahrukh Khan also played a negative character in ‘Duplicate’.

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