Actors in the past have been apprehensive about playing negative roles, especially newcomers who chase their dream of being launched as protagonists in big-budget releases. Blame it on apprehension or sheer arrogance, although in most cases both the qualities have worked in tandem, making it impossible for an actor to explore new avenues. The names of five actors who have not just redefined the role of Villains, but also convinced the audience to favour both, the protagonist and the antagonist.
After being a drug dealer and smoking pot, in previous films, we thought Gulshan Devaiah was content being stuck in that gear. Until, he got the much-needed kick to explore new avenues. On hindsight, the change came quite dramatically as he acknowledged the widespread tale: “Shruti Mahajan, the casting director of Goliyon Ki Raasleela—Ram-Leela, saw me running errands at Versova many times. Finally, she gave me a call and asked me to meet Sanjay Leela Bhansali. We had a 20-minute meeting and things were finalised.” If that didn’t amaze you, then this might: many actors are famous for the co-relations they make in order to bring forth a character. The actor shared a very interesting method that he applied to play a Villains character: “I thought I should be like a wolf that is not in the forefront but lurking in the shadows. I think one might have seen that come across. I often use animal associations to get to the depth of the character.”
Tahir Raj Bhasin
As the actor claims, it took him a year-and-a-half to get the Villain’s role in the film Mardaani. He says: “In Mardaani the Role of Villains was that of being behind a drug and prostitution racket. Where do you go after that? You cannot possibly get more evil. But, it has opened up this whole range of characters that are grey, and characters that are absolutely romantic, and a good actor versus a star.” He is of the opinion that playing a negative role is just another experiment for a good actor and “internationally, protagonists are no longer black or white, they are people with shades of grey. The Indian audience is progressing towards this trend.” On what brought out his character in Mardaani he says, “Watching dealers in Mumbai’s redlight area and being given the freedom to play the part against the stereotype and a lot of rehearsals helped me improvise.”
If you haven’t watched Lai Bhaari because of linguistic shortcomings, get hold of your Maharashtrian friend and watch the film for the incredible performance of Sharad Kelkar. In Lai Bhaari, he returns with Villains Character that won him his first film award. While he asserts that an award gives a little more appreciation, he is prouder to have been able to contribute to a team effort that made Lai Bhaari, the highest grossing Marathi film of all time. I have to be careful, because as of now, I have only received offers to play a similar kinds of roles. As an actor, I want to keep experimenting and I am here to learn so I do not want to take up every role that comes my way because I do not want to grow as an image, but as actor.”
Already knee-deep in the modelling industry, this actor decided to walk through the heavily-flooded alleys of Bollywood. This gigantic leap, like the one faced by most of us, after a few seconds into a game of Temple Run, usually ends in a disastrous fall.
However, Freddy proved himself by an impressive and promising act in the film Holiday opposite Akshay Kumar. According to Freddy, “The actors of our time are very adventurous; we are not clichéd Villains. If you look at the role played by Tahir (Bhasin) or myself, we are just common people who are part of the society. We play the role of normal guys with bad intentions.” Although most newcomers are apprehensive, Freddy argued otherwise: “I did not have any apprehensions because I saw it as a big step forward; to get a chance to work with Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and AR Murugadoss (the director of the film) is not an opportunity that one should miss.”
Jim Sarbh (born 27 August 1987) is an Indian theatre actor/director and film actor based in Bombay. His first commercially released film was Neerja, directed by Ram Madhvani, starring Sonam Kapoor in the lead. For his contribution to Indian theatre, he was selected for the Forbes India 30 under 30 list in early 2015. His Upcoming movies are Padmavati, Mom with Sridevi and really exciting projects.