LOVE OF EVIL
LOVE OF EVIL
In memory of Bob Christo and Goga Kapoor,
whom we lost recently, here’s a look at the most
memorable Hindi film villains of the 1980s, when
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our villains reached a deliciously beastly peak
Amjad Khan Sometime after the his- toric success of Sholay, a devastating car accident forced Khan onto medica- tion that caused his weight to balloon up dras- tically, and gone was the lethally gaunt Gabbar. Yet he fantastic actor used the new look to give his characters more gravitas, and while he played sever- al genial characters in the 1980s, the villains were consistently memorable, a favorite being his Ranjit Singh in Satte Pe Satta.
A first name like Goga, even if it’s a borrowed one, can
pigeonhole an actor somewhat. Not that the tough man
cared, reveling in roles from strongman to Sadhu, leaving a trail of bruised and slaughtered bodies in his wake.
The 1980s saw him start off as a smalltime piece of
muscle — Do Aur Do Paanch, Shaan, Satte Pe Satta —
but as his fights with Amitabh Bachchan started looking
more convincing, he graduated to the big-time, ending
the decade with films like Shahenshah and Toofan.
Anupam Kher A solid character actor, Saaransh star Kher would have continued on his art house trajectory had not Subhash Ghai cast him, against ype, in his most iconic role. Karma’s Dr Michael Dang showed that slapping a villain is never a good idea, and Kher excelled, getting into the skin of the cold-blooded character. Kher kept varying up his filmography, but clearly found his niche with menacing roles, not least of which was Mohini’s creepy father in the smash hit Tezaab.