15 most stylish villains in tinsel town

By Xappie Desk, December 05, 2018 17:01 IST

15 most stylish villains in tinsel town

If there is something that is constantly changing and evolving, then it is Cinema and its loyal takers. Albeit the myriad of variations cinema has gone through, there is one thing that has stood constant. It is the premise of cinema- hero, his lady love a villain to create a conflict. For time immemorial, the villains were made to look nightmare-worthy scary, shabby and fearsome. Their frightening dialogues and repugnant attitude on screen made the audience despise them for real. Not anymore ma Cherie!
Heroes have remained the too-good-to-be-true good boys, helping and shielding the world from the abysmal nemesis while the delinquent villains have gone through an unbelievable makeover owing to the truth that bad men are not scary looking but evil thinking. There are like one of us but just with a deplorable mind and categorically evil-mind and it is now reflecting on reel life too.
Move over those obsolete antagonists and make way for the chiselled, smouldering hot badass boys, who are reconstructing the word villain with their bewitching looks and evil ingenuity. In the recent times, Indian cinema has been witnessing robust baddies with sharp and shaped beards, couture clothes and sculpted bodies stealing the hearts of the good girls.
Purpotedly, director Boyapati Srinu, who styled our lover boy turned most powerful antagonist in Tollywood, Jagapathi Babu for Legend shared that he wants his negative role characters too to look equally stylish and suave as his heroes in his movies. This fad has caught up like a wild fire in the film industry.
With this twist in kahaani, the protagonists are subtly sneaking into the arena of antagonists. For example, Aadhi Pinisetty, who cemented his place in the hearts as a hero in Tamil industry, played the evil role in Allu Arjun’s Sarainodu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, played the bad boy in Kathi(Tamil Version of Khaidhi no 150).
Going by the social media posts and comments, it looks are villains are garnering more eyeballs than the heroes or might be equally but certainly the fear has eventually turned into adulation. The antagonists are setting the bars in terms of style, giving the stylist-hired heroes a run for their money.
Here are the 15 undeniably suave villains:
1. Sampath Raj

The man ruling the world of reel bad boys in all the south industries carved a niche for himself as a villain with a difference. He has done myriad of roles in all the south languages. This Vishnu Bhai from Kaala also became close to Rajnikanth during the shoot. They bonded over spirituality. He has played the roles of corrupt police officers to smuggler and proved his mettle among the audience..
2. Jagapathi Babu

We can confidently call him the George Clooney of Tollywood for his haute salt and pepper look. Once a good boy who can sweep every girl off his feet is now the badass villain, who instructs the other characters in the movie, with just his eye movements. Infact the film critic often mention him as the screen space attraction because of his impeccable act. In Rangastalam, his role as the strict, principled and corrupt village head with a malicious side to him captured hearts and mind. Infact, people tried to emulate his act through dubsmash and other video app.
3. Rahul Dev

Remember Keshava in IIntelligent or Satya in Loukyam? Who can forget his handsome yet scary hunk must be your answer, right? We agree with you. Rahul Dev has been a significant bad boy in nearly all the south languages, Hindi and Bengali too. He has a lot of laurels to his credit as an antagonist. His style quotient has always been on point, both in movies and off screen.
4. Aravind Swamy

Apart from Jagapathi Babu, here is another romantic hero, who came back as a badass antagonist in his second innings. His name echoes in every household for his roles in the movies Roja and Bombay but now it reverberates among the millennials who view him as the most handsome and stylish bad boy on screen. He ventured into the world of villains with Thani Oruvan, which was also remade in Telugu a Dhruva starring Mega Power Star Ram Charan Tej. He played antagonist in both the languages. In an interview, h spoke at him length about hi fat loss and struggle at the gym to get ripped and also how his life was not in great shape after taking break from movies. Now, we all wonder, where this charmer was hiding all these years. May be, he was working on his current magic.
5. Vivek Oberoi

Vivek too understood that antagonists are not anymore the nightmare roles, people feared to watch but a challenging role, people are craving to watch on screen for their fashionable yet impactful effect on screen. Vivek, the Saathiya actor is going play to play the role of a villain in Ram Charan’s next, directed by Boyapati. We wish you good luck Vivek!
6. Arun Vijay

He grew watching films, both in theatre and in live. Having born in a filmy family, offers followed him home while he was just in school. His father, actor Vijay Kuma insisted that he should finish his basic education before he takes up any film. In 1995, at the age of18, he started acting in films. He saw his own share of ups and downs. He had to wait for many years to prove his mettle as a good hero. He even had to change his name from Arun Vijaykumar to Arun Vijay, hoping for luck. It was in 2015 that things changed for him. Gautham Menon casted him an antagonist in the movie Yenai Arindhal, which went on to become a huge hit also earned Arun, a name he always craved for. He has looking back ever since. In Telugu, he was last seen as an antagonist for the movie Bruce Lee. He will next be seen in Saaho.
7. Prasanna

His first movie was produced by movie magician Mani Ratnam under the banner of Madras Talkies. He was termed as a charmer by the girls all over the state of Temples. This cute chocolate boy was a household name with his good boy roles but he turned into a critics’ favourite when he wore the hats of a villain. He was delineated as cruel and ruthless rapist too and Prassana nailed the role with great skill. In the movie, Thiruttu Payale 2, he played a molester, seducing young girls, irrespective of their marital status. While the watching the movie, people had their blood boiling looking at his actions as a womanizer. This just proved that he is a talented actor because he could make people believe he was real.
8. Tarun Arora

The antagonist in our Mega star’s 150the film, Khaidi no. 150 is an entrepreneur slash actor. His face became popular with the movie Jab We Met. He played the role of Anshuman, who denies loving Geet played by Kareena Kapoor and gets her thrown out of his town. After a few supporting roles in Bollywood, his luck took a wide turn when he stepped into Tollywood as a baddie against Chiru. His role as Aggarwal won him fame and offers. He was next seen in Katamarayudu as Errasani Bharani, who too made Telugu people get acquainted to his face. Post acting with the two Mega brothers, he acted in Jaya Janaki Nayaka against Bellamkonda Sreenivas. Well, who doesn’t like hot baddie?
9. Vidyut Jammwal

Google hot men in India, his name will pop up! Is it a little exaggerated? But comments on his social media depicts the above. He can eat away the screen space effortlessly and that’s his forte. If being blessed with look than can kill is a story, having the ability to play a positive and negative role with the same panache is another. This martial arts trained stud rose to fame with the movie Force, which also starred John Abraham and Tamil movie Thuppakki opposite Vijay. He started off his career as a modern age action hero but later emerged as a baddie in best clothes ever.
10. Kabir Duhan Singh

Say hello this hottest grey shaded guy who stroke a chord with audience at different levels with the movies Jil, Vedalam and Kick 2. His debonair is quite appreciated in all the southern film fraternities. This bearded baddie’s fame escalated a few notches up with his portrayal and acting potential in the movie Vedalam, which starred Thala Ajith. Albeit his accent, his impressive baritone makes up for his negligible flaw. This towering hunk later appeared in Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Dictator, Sai Dharam Tej’s Supreme and another hot badass Jagapathi Babu’s movie, Patel SIR. He is going to appear in Saakshyam casting Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Pooja Hegde.
11. Neil Nitin Mukesh

He has looks that can kill and talent too, that can kill, quite literally. He played significant roles in critically acclaimed films, Lafangey Parindey, 7 koon Maaf, Johnny Gaddaar, New York among many other films. Neil forayed into Tamil cinema with the Vijay’s Katthi. The Tamil audience couldn’t get enough of his urbane look and diabolical actions, a combo, they are now a great fan of. This good-looking bad boy got lot of love from the Telugu speaking too. This hunk, named after Neil Arm Strong acted as an antagonist in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo too opposite Salman Khan. In a critically acclaimed movie like Wazir, his grey role was quite magnetic, especially among the critics. He is next going to be seen in Saaho against Prabhas.
12. Sudheer Babu

A name that reverberates among the meaningful Telugu cinema section took the opportunity of playing a bad boy in Baaghi. This Tollywood hero but Bollywood baddie created a reputation for his appealing demur and let everyone enamoured. People raved about him on social media than Tiger Shroff, who played the protagonist in the film.
13. Sonu Sood

For years now, he has been an actor quite recognised by the roles he played. Perhaps, he was one of those first villains, who ensured they were as well dressed and toned as the protagonists of the film. Not just in Telugu and Hindi, Sonu Sood is a popular name in many languages. Sometimes, he becomes a topic because of his role and sometimes because of his enchanting personality with drool worthy abs. Even today, people remember him for the way he used to say, Vadala Bommali to Anushka Shetty in Arundhati. He incited anger among people effortlessly and that’s the job of an on screen villain. With hi film, Kung Fu Yoga tanking at the cash register, it was evident that Sonu is more accepted as a villain than as a comedian or hero. He is next going to be seen in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, opposite Kangana Ranaut.
14. Rana Daggubati

Thanks to his genes or may be thanks to his talent, this in-house hero, who may an entry into the industry like no other with the movie Leader, played myriad of roles. The life changing role was Bhallal Dev. His character was as popular as Kattapa and Bahubali. The whole theatre went O!M!G!, when he fought with a bull on screen, flexing pumped arms and ripped abs. This towering personality was surprisingly a success as a villain too. His daunting enactment in both Baahubali and Baahubali 2 under SS Rajamouli’s brain wont him many hearts and roles. In the other movie, Nenu Raja Nenu Mantri, he played a protagonist with slight grey shade in bits and pieces of the film too proved that he is man of all acting seasons.
15. Kunal Kapoor

He is the newest to join the bandwagon with the latest film, DevaDas. He played a crooked businessman trying to hunt down Deva played by Nagarjuna. Although his actions not so remarkable, his style quotient was quite a delight to eyes.
Apart from the aforementioned badass boys, eminent actors like Aadi Pinishetty, who played a villain in Sarrainodu and Naveen Chandra, who played anti-hero in Nani’s Nenu Local added a few new feathers in their cap.

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