Amrish Puri as Mogambo in Mr. India

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Speak about Amrish Puri and the first character that strikes your mind is that of the invincible Mogambo. Mogambo had a costume, a stick, a throne and a group of loyalists who would jump in acid water on his one call.

Mogambo (Amrish Puri) : Film-Mr.India

Achievements and Activities: Terrorism, creating chaos and horror by means of bombs in public places, stealing costly antiques. Owns an army of dedicated soldiers who keep shouting “Hail Mogambo”. Keeps an eye on the latest developments in science and technology, and is assisted by a Chinese scientist. He has a large den, with sliding doors, acid tanks, a huge lounge area with a world map drawn on the floor. He even has got the missiles man. And yeah, it has the “don’t pull it” Lever as well. He is straight out of some comic strip. Because Mogambo overshadows all the other caracters in the movie.

Amrish Puri has essayed almost every character in his long spanning career. But one of the most standout roles was that of Mogambo. His role played a key part in establishing the image of Indian Villains on a film and the film fraternity in general. People still refer to his role and dialogues.

Mannerism: Mogambo is described as an international terrorist who is willing to go to any extent to conquer India. He is a brilliant yet cruel General who is utilising his powers for the wrong cause. From his self conquered Island, Mogambo keeps an eye on the entire activity going on. Amrish Puri’s portrayal was the best and most remembered.

Famous Dialogue: “Mogambo Khush Hua”.

Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh in Sholay

Amjad Khan as Gabbar

Amjad Khan as Gabbar Singh in Sholay

If there is a contest to pick the most famous negative character from Indian films, it has to be Gabbar Singh from Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay (1975). Can you believe, Sholay was only the fifth film of Amjad’s career (and the first three starring him only as child artist). His other notable acts are from Muqaddar ka Continue reading

He is the villain!

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Bollywood villain Sanjay Dutt in Khalnayak.

Things are changing radically in B-town, a typical Bollywood saga is incomplete without a happy ending where the makers ensure that the hero gives a good dosage of bashing to the villain before the end credits start rolling. Villains have always existed. Almost always dressed in a particular outfit, the villain was the most technology-friendly person in a Hindi movie. His den (he always had a den) was a miracle of gadgets. Doors would
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Just love the nineties!

 

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Salman+Aamir+Raveena+Karishma

I yearn for the pre-Nineties, when the words ‘Hindi movies’ were synonymous with the words ‘high drama’. Till the late Eighties, Hindi films tended to be a mass of clichés. But the fact is, those clichés existed because we loved them. Even when the hero, heroine, villain, ma or saas said and did exactly the same things as the characters of last week’s film, Continue reading