5 Best Ravanas in Bollywood
Everybody loves a hero. But every hero needs a matching opponent. Villains are as important for the success of a movie as a hero. There have been instances where villains have completely owned the movie and walked away with the applause while the good-hearted hero has been left gasping. Case in point, movies like Darr, Parinda and Kalicharan have given us some of the most iconic antagonists. They might be the most hated characters but the impact they have had on the Hindi cinema is unparalleled.Armed with a commanding screen presence, insatiable thirst for blood, badass dialogue delivery, and a get-up that sends a chill down the spine every time they appear on screen; these villains can easily give Ravana a run for the money. They are mean; they are cruel, often spiteful and most conniving characters to ever grace the screen yet they are most unforgettable.On the occasion of Dussehra, here is our list of some of the most memorable Ravanas of the silver screen:
1. Gabbar Singh (Sholay)
Perhaps the greatest villain of all time, Gabbar is meanness personified!He is ruthless, he is brutal and spares no one who comes his way yet he is a legend. Guess some villains have all the luck in the universe.
2. Mogambo (Mr. India)
With his name featuring in this list, we hope ‘Mogambo khush hua.’
3. Kancha Cheena (Agneepath)
He is no ordinary villain! He smokes pot, recites sanskrit shlokas, dresses in black, sports a bald look and let his menacing eyes do all the scaring. This new-age Ravana is as scary, unscrupulous and mean as the real one and looks every bit the new face of evil.
4. Lajja Shankar Pandey (Sangharsh)
This psychotic, religious fanatic, extremely superstitious, loud screamer and kajal applying child kidnapper and killer is every mother’s nightmare. His blood curdling act as a man on a quest to become immortal through child sacrifice is a reason good enough to keep kids tucked inside the home, safely.
5. Langda Tyagi (Omkara)
If Shakespeare’s Iago was notorious, malicious and an artist of evil; his desi counterpart is no less. In his ambition for power, deceit and bloodbath are his armours. His capacity for cruelty is limitless and the destruction he wreaks on the lives of the people he knows best make him a being next to the devil.
Who do you think are the new age Ravanas of Hindi Cinema?