Lately, Kollywood is bitten by this bug- Making top Bollywood personalities to play villain in Tamil movies. According to industry analysts, this is mainly because of the expanding market of Tamil cinema.
“Since Tamil films are dubbed and released in Hindi and Telugu too, a pan-Indian face is needed to attract audience there. Moreover, presence of a Bollywood actor adds to the profile of the movie,” they say. Mykollywood.com tracks some of the recent flicks that featured villains from Bollywood.
The film had Nawazuddin Siddiqui clashing swords with superstar Rajinikanth. Siddiqui played a Madurai man who later becomes leader of a Hindutva outfit in Uttar Pradesh.
An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Siddiqui’s breakthrough role was with Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Black Friday’ (2007), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno Film Festival.
He is a three-time nominee for Best Supporting Actor at the Filmfare Awards, winning for ‘The Lunchbox’. In pursuit of securing admission at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, he acted in over ten plays with a group of friends, to fulfill one of the criteria for admission.
Akshay Kumar, one of the top heroes of Bollywood, played the villain in superstar Rajinikanth’s ‘2.0’ directed by Shankar. But his was a touching villain role- a bird lover who becomes a baddie after his death, ‘for a cause’.
Akshay is one of the most prolific actors of Indian cinema, having starred in 109 films, including many commercially successful films. He was the first Bollywood actor whose films’ domestic net lifetime collections crossed Rs 2,000 crore (US$ 280 million) by 2013, and Rs 3,000 crore (US$ 420 million) by 2016.
Rajiv Hari Om Bhatia, known professionally as Akshay Kumar, is an actor, producer, television personality, martial artist, stuntman and philanthropist who mainly works in Bollywood films.
The Nayanthara-Atharvaa starrer crime thriller featured ace Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap as a dreaded killer. It is a situational story focalizing on how a serial killer is apprehended by an intelligent CBI officer.
The role was well played by Anurag Kashyap. The voice for Anurag was dubbed by director Magizh Thirumeni. Anurag is a director, writer, editor, producer and actor known for his works in Hindi cinema.
He is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Film Award, and four Filmfare Awards. For his contributions to film, the Government of France awarded him the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and letters) in 2013.
The film rich on content and high on thriller quotient did not get the attention it deserved. Maiden directorial venture of producer C V Kumar, the sci-fi thriller featured veteran Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff as villain.
Jackie has been in the Hindi cinema industry for almost four decades and has appeared in more than 220 films in eleven languages. (Hindi, Konkani, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Bhojpuri, and Gujarati).
He has won three Filmfare Awards among other accolades. He has also appeared in several successful short films.
This Ajith starrer had Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi playing the negative role. He played Aryan Singha, a chief strategist who works against AK (Ajith Kumar), a counter-terrorist agent.
Vivek Oberoi has portrayed a variety of characters and has won many awards, including two Filmfare Awards from five nominations. He is the son of Bollywood actor Suresh Oberoi.
He made his Hindi film debut with Arvind Khoja and Ram Gopal Varma’s super-hit ‘Company’ (2002). His performance in the film earned him several awards including the Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut and Best Supporting Actor.
Following this he achieved wider success for his performances in the 2002 romantic drama Saathiya, the 2004 comedy ‘Masti’, the 2005 natural horror ‘Kaal’ and the 2007 biographical action ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’.