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Sadashiv Amrapurkar (1950-2014): The actor's top 7 performances

bollywood Updated: Nov 03, 2014 18:32 IST
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Sadashiv Amrapurkar did not look like a physically menacing villain in his real life. His short height and squeaky voice made him your common man, but whenever he appeared on screen he sent shivers down the spine with his intense performances. Here is a list of his top performances.

Ardh Satya:

It was Om Puri who became a man to watch after this film, but director Govind Nihalani created an equally powerful villain in Rama Shetty through Amrapurkar. The immoral yet ambitious villain of Ardh Satya stole the show everytime he delivered a dialogue in the film.


Mahesh Bhatt presented Sadashiv Amrapurkar in a way no one could have ever thought of. Amrapurkar became Maharani, the transgender brothel owner who runs her empire in the middle of the city. The way he made life difficult for the protagonists of the film is still a lesson for Bollywood villains.


There is hardly a Bollywood lover who doesn’t know DBDN, Deen Bandhu Dina Nath, the bad guy of Anil Sharma’s Hukumat. Thanks to Sadashiv’s stellar performance, Hukumat became the highest grossing film of 1987.


After two years of Hukumat, the same team came up with Elaan-E-Jung and again put the box-office on fire. Needless to say that the villain of Elaan-E-Jung was the chief sculptor of this success.


Ranjit Rai was a businessman who simply couldn’t stand the poor and thus his son hated him. Unfortunately, this did not stop Ranjit from doing all sorts of stupid things, but there was a comic side to his persona as well. Ishq will always be remembered for his fantastic chemistry with Ajay Devgn and Dalip Tahil.

Hum Saath Saath Hain:

Just to remind the viewers that he was not just about villainous performances, Sadashiv immersed himself completely in this family drama. As Karisma Kapoor’s father he was loud, but hilarious.


David Dhawan cast Amrapurkar as Inspector Pyare Mohan in 1993 film Aankhen who was always after the wrong person. The smirk on his face made him one of the lovable cops of the silver screen.


Sadashiv Amrapurkar, the villain who also made us laugh and cry