Gabbar Singh has become a synonym for terror in Bollywood. With his penchant for delivering memorable quotes (3 of which made my greatest quotes list) and his intimidating structure and high-profile villainous acts, there was no wonder why the Gabbar Singh character became an instant icon!
Sholay was quite unique of it's own: Borrowing heavy influence from Spaghetti-Western movies, most notably The Dollars Trilogy, Sholay was the first film to be hit not because of it's songs or acting: But rather it's dialogues and people used to buy cassettes just to listen to those lines. Very rare!
Anyways, Gabbar Singh, the Indian Hannibal Lector, introduces himself in the most scariest way possible. After delivering 3 awesome one-liners, he steps down from the rocks and plays a twisted, sick version of Russian Roulette and that is where we officially see the madness of the cruel tyrant. After when all 3 survive, he laughs like a maniac but ends up shooting them anyhow!
Even though this film has Bollywood's three most finest actors, Amitabh Bachan, Sanjeev Kumar, Dharmendra and two classic actresses of that time, Rekha & Hema Malini, the extensive cast was purely nothing in front of the brilliancy of Amjad Khan, who dominated every scene and his absence only created more suspense! He single-handedly helped the whole villain craze in Bollywood and countless imitators followed but none succeeded!
Mogambo khush hoa which means Mogambo is pleased is one of the most recognizable, most (lovable?) quote in Bollywood history said by probably the most stylish and never-failing actor of his time: the late Amrish Puri!
Mogambo, the Indian answer to Al Pacino's Tony Montana in Scarface, is a no-nonsense and stern villain but less brutal than the above mentioned. Still to this day, people mention or parody Mogambo and/or just like Bond. James Bond, refer to his classic one-liner either originally as it is or with a little variation.
One of the most recognized villains and arguably one of the most finest. Why aren't we getting villains like these anymore?
What do you call a person who is a self-proclaimed nephew of Mogambo and who parodies Gabbar Singh and still manages to be funny? You get Crime Master Gogo, the neighborhood thief!
From the 4 in this list, Crime Master Gogo is the most funniest and, even though he appears in the last 40-45 minutes or so in the movie, manages to dominate every effing second! Portrayed by funnyman Shakti Kapoor. He has done pretty memorable roles but this one stands as the best and how he managed to upstage Paresh Rawal is beyond anyone's guess!
This film is a must-watch and has several quotable dialogues, many from Gogo himself, highly entertaining scenes which require rewinding and a great cast!
Just like Mogambo khush hoa, Crime Master Gogo uses Gogo khush hoa in a careless way and the khush hoa part is often said by the other character!
Another interesting thing is that Viju Khote, who plays Robert in this movie, was present in Sholay during the infamous Russian Roulette scene and is also present when Crime Master Gogo parodies Gabbar Singh... You can actually see him getting all excited when it starts!
Out of the four, Jagira is the most darkest, most sadistic and most violent! Even though he officially steps in after 35-40 minutes into the movie, you can actually feel the terror when the local townspeople talk about his violent acts.
Originally created to be in the same vein as Gabbar Singh, Jagira, masterfully played by Mukesh Tiwari, became a villain in it's own right and in some cases, is ranked higher than Gabbar Singh himself!
The introduction to his character could not have been better: The boastful, cunning as a fox tyrant claims to have grown up drinking 'fox milk' and is quite right about that. After challenging a man into a man-to-man, face-to-face fight, he expertly (or cowardly) lies about the man bringing his son in such a convincing way that even the man, who had locked the house before he came out, got fooled and once he turned around... Well, you can imagine!
But his most infamous scene is when he beheads a policeman and kills a child right in front of a crying mother! One tough mother******
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Villains, apart from chocolate heroes, have always been a major part of Bollywood. Prominent actors have played a memorable villain in their long career while new-comers mostly start off their careers by playing chocolate heroes!
I've seen quite a handful of Bollywood movies and have to admit: Their villains are just amazing and realistic. Not the sometimes fake-Hollywood villains we are getting alot nowadays!
I've gathered 4 of the most memorable, quite controversial, Bollywood movie villains of all time and If I have missed out any, don't bother!