Happy birthday Prem Chopra: Is he Bollywood’s most menacing villain ever?

  • HT Correspondent, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 15:58 IST
Prem Chopra was a tough competition for other Bollywood villains like Amrish Puri and Gulshan Grover.

Mera naam hai Prem…Prem Chopra.

This is one of the most used dialogues in the history of Hindi films. The reason is simple: The spine-chilling cunningness behind that voice. One of Bollywood’s most respected actors, who once looked after the circulation of an English daily, turned 81 today, reason enough for us to take a look back at his journey in films. He was born on September 23, 1923 in Lahore, Pakistan.

Here’s a list of his top performances as a villain, scenes powerful and menacing enough to give any present-day screen villain a lesson in acting. .

Film: Bobby (1973)
Character: Prem Chopra

Film: Dulhe Raja (1998)
Character: Bisambhar Nath

Film: Do Anjaane (1976)
Character: Ranjit Malik

Film: Aaj Ka Gundaraj (1992)
Character: Tejpal

Bhains pooch uthayegi

Film: Jugnu (1973)
Character: Ramesh

Film: Kala Sona (1975)
Character: Poppy Singh

Film: Raja Jani (1972)
Character: Pratap

Film: Trishul (1978)
Character: Balwant Rai

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