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Bollywood’s Bad Man Gulshan Grover and his favourite bad characters from the movies

Gulshan Grover picks his all-time favourite negative characters from Indian and international cinema

brunch Updated: Jun 17, 2019 13:07 IST
Gulshan Grover
Gulshan Grover
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Gulshan Grover picks his favourite negative characters from different films.
Gulshan Grover picks his favourite negative characters from different films.
         

Contrary to what everybody would say, I feel that the character of Marlon Brando in Godfather (1972) is overrated. In fact, the best negative characters, the best written characters are to be found in the James Bond movies. Here are a few of my favourite ‘negative’ characters.

1. Raka- Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai (1960)

Pran
Pran

Like any negative character expecting the noose, Pran puts his hand on his neck every time he plans to do something wrong.

2. Jabbar Singh - Mera Gaon Mera Desh (1971)

Vinod Khanna
Vinod Khanna

Vinod Khanna’s dacoit ignored the stereotypes – no red eyes, no belt with bullets around his waist, no big moustache – but what an attitude!

3. Ernst Stavro Blofeld - Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

The supervillain character in the James Bond series.
The supervillain character in the James Bond series.

The supervillain with aspirations of world domination. The character was a double role, which was mostly done with the help of plastic surgery.

4. Shakhaal - Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973)

Ajit
Ajit

His style, the cigar, the dialogue – Ajit created an unforgettable persona.

5. Balwant - Heera (1973)

Shatrughan Sinha
Shatrughan Sinha

The character played by Shatrughan Sinha was menacing, cruel and ruthless.

6. Francisco Scaramanga - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Francisco Scaramanga
Francisco Scaramanga

This character is always a gentleman, who treats even his biggest adversary with dignity.

7. Bad Man - Ram Lakhan (1989)

Gulshan Grover
Gulshan Grover

This character got me recognition around the globe. Hats off to Subhash Ghai for thinking of such a unique way of introducing a negative guy, who announces that he is a terrible guy and you need to stay away from him. 

8. Joker - The Dark Knight (2008)

Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger

What a fantastic character Heath Ledger played!

As told to Veenu Singh

From HT Brunch, October 22, 2017

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First Published: Oct 21, 2017 22:45 IST