Watch 9 Bollywood Films By Villains Who Turned Directors

Watch 9 Bollywood Films By Villains Who Turned Directors

6 Dec 17 @ 3:19 PM | By Ravi

The audiences love to hate them; they are the meanest creatures on screen when it comes to destroying the hero’s family. They are no walk-overs when it comes to getting the heroines or getting beaten up in the climax by the hero(s). Talking about our Bollywood villains, they have made good look best and bad look worst. They’ve always made sure that the hero had the last laugh by avenging his loss and walking away with the heroine in the end. Our veteran villains have played some cruel characters that have left a lasting impression on our minds and without whom Hindi films would’ve been incomplete. Before the 90’s our villains were treacherous, cruel, dreadful and merciless but after the 90’s quite a few got relegated to either character or comedian roles to survive in films. Audiences got to see heroes playing the anti-hero lead and whatever they did was termed legal. The era of Shakaal’s, Mogambo’s, Gabbar’s, Sir Juda’s and Kancha Cheena’s became extinct; the hero was an all-in-one package now. Times have changed since then, who thought people like Karan Johar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Amol Gupte, Anurag Kashyap and others who started their careers as director’s would one day be playing the antagonist on screen. We take a trip down memory lane and pay tribute to all those villains who started off as baddies but later turned to direction in their respective careers.

  • Premnath – Samundar (1957)

    Premnath was born in 1926 in Peshawar – Pakistan, who made his debut as the main lead in ‘Ajit’ (1948), which was one of the first colour films of Indian cinema. He got noticed by playing major roles in Raj Kapoor's ‘Aag’ and ‘Barsaat’ (1949) which set the platform for him to do bigger films. The 60’s saw him playing the main villain in some films which went on to become successful like ‘Teesri Manzil’ and ‘Johnny Mera Naam’. The 70’s and 80’s saw a whole lot of memorable performances by him where he played the main villain or the supporting role which included ‘Tere Mere Sapne’ (1971), ‘Shor’ (1972), ‘Bobby’ (1973), ‘Roti Kapada Aur Makaan’ (1974), ‘Dharmatma’ (1975), ‘Dus Numbri’ (1975), ‘Kalicharan’ (1976) and of course, ‘Karz’ (1980). He produced and directed only one film in 1957 titled ‘Samundar’ which featured himself and his wife Beena along with, Ulhaas, Heeralal, Nishi and Tuntun. Watch the song ‘Aa Jaa Kahi Se’ from the film sung by Lata Mangeshkar, composed by Madan Mohan and penned by Rajendra Kishan.
  • Danny Denzongpa - Phir Wahi Raat (1980)

    Danny debuted in Gulzar’s ‘Mere Apne’ in 1971. He played his first major villainous role in BR Chopra’s ‘Dhund’ in 1973 which made him an overnight success. Although, he did quite a few lead roles but negative characters became his forte for over two decades of which some of the most notable were ‘Dharmatma’, ‘Laila Majnu’, ‘The Burning Train’, ‘Andhaa Kanoon’, ‘Andar Baahar’, ‘Pyaar Jhukta Nahin’, ‘Agneepath’, ‘Sanam Bewafa’, ‘Ghatak’ and others. His only directed film was ‘Phir Wahi Raat’ which released in 1980 and was made to launch his then girl-friend Kim. Though the film was a horror-suspense drama and had Rajesh Khanna as the lead but it bombed badly at the box-office. Watch the whole film here.
  • Imtiaz Khan – Pyara Dost (1982)

    Son of Jayant and brother of Amjad Khan, Imtiaz Khan made his debut as a villain in the early 70’s who got noticed in Nasir Husain’s ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’ in 1973. Imtiaz Khan played the baddie in many films like ‘Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche’, ‘Dharmatma’, ‘Zakhmee’, ‘Darwaaza’ and other films. He wrote and directed his only film ‘Pyara Dost’ in 1982 starring his brother Amjad Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Arun Govil, Kalpana Iyer and Ranjeeta in the main roles. By the end of the 80’s he took to television and was seen in a very few films thereafter. Watch his directorial film ‘Pyara Dost’ here.
  • Amjad Khan - Chor Police (1983) & Ameer Aadmi Gareeb Aadmi (1985)

    Easily the biggest of all the bad men in Bollywood, Amjad Khan was born in Adezai, a small village of Peshawar in 1942. He debuted as a child actor in ‘Nazneen’ (1951) and ‘Ab Dilli Door Nahin’ (1957). His first film as an adult was Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 blockbuster ‘Sholay’ where he played the dreaded ‘Gabbar Singh’ which is considered one the most iconic villainous roles ever done on screen. There was no looking back for the actor after ‘Sholay’ as he went on to play negative roles in many subsequent films like ‘Hum Kisise Kum Nahin’, ‘Ram Bharose’, 'Inkaar', 'Des Pardes', 'Nastik', 'Satte Pe Satta', 'Dada', 'Chambal Ki Kasam', 'Ganga Ki Saugandh', and 'Naseeb'. Later, he did quite a lot of comical and character roles which were applauded by the audiences. He made his directorial debut with ‘Chor Police’ in 1983 and them ‘Ameer Aadmi Gareeb Aadmi’ in 1985. Unfortunately both the films didn’t work at the box-office which made him get back to acting. Watch the song ‘Dhak Dhak Dhadke Ye Dil’ from the film ‘Ameer Aadmi Gareeb Aadmi’.

  • Ranjeet - Kaarnaama (1990) & Ghazab Tamasha (1992)

    Ranjeet made his acting debut along with Rekha in ‘Sawan Bhadon’ in 1970. He took up negative roles on the insistence of Sunil Dutt and got noticed, immediately. He was a regular villain in almost every second big released film in the 70’s as well as 80’s which included ‘Rampur Ka Lakshman’, ‘Gaddar’, ‘Jheel Ke Us Paar’, ‘Haath Ki Safai’, ‘Amir Gareeb’, ‘Dharmatma’, ‘Dharam-Veer’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, ‘Suhaag’, ‘The Burning Train’, ‘Laawaris’, ‘Namak Halaal’, ‘Inquilaab’, ‘Geraftaar’, ‘Welcome’, ‘Welcome Back’ and others. He directed two films in his four-decade long career namely – ‘Kaarnaama’ (1990) starring Vinod Khanna, Farah Naaz and Kimi Katkar and ‘Ghazab Tamasha’ (1992) starring Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal. Watch both the films here.
  • Roopesh Kumar - Hai Meri Jaan (1991) & Meri Aan (1993)

    Roopesh Kumar started his career with ‘Tarzan and King Kong’ in 1965. He was known for his villainous roles in films like ‘Andaz’, ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Chacha Bhatija’, ‘Jaani Dushman’, ‘The Great Gambler’ and ‘Mujrim’. He directed & produced two films which were ‘Hai Meri Jaan’ starring Sunil Dutt, Kumar Gaurav, Hema Malini and Ayesha Jhulka in pivotal roles and ‘Meri Aan’ starring Ayub Khan and Farheen. Both the films sank without a trace at the box-office. Watch the exclusive shooting footage from the movie ‘Meri Ann’ where a song - Sanju hai naam mera- is being picturised on Sanjay Dutt.

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