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While Bollywood movies are mostly about hero and heroines, the ones, who play the role of villains play an equally important role to add entertainment and spice up the whole chemistry between the hero and the heroine. Had there been no villain, the union of the hero and the heroine who are deeply in love with each other and fight all the obstacles to be together would have made no sense. Whether it is harassing the hero and heroine or trying to tame the lover of a daughter by her super-rich father by offering a suitcase full of money, these Bollywood villains have done it all. No matter how much we have hated them because of their roles on the big screen, it is true that without these villains there would have been no fun to watch a movie. Nonetheless, villains are one of the most underrated characters of Bollywood. Some of them like Shakti Kapoor and Prem Chopra have also made the audiences laugh with their incomparable comic timing.
Back in the retro times of Bollywood, the villains were stereotyped and we would usually see the same faces playing the role of the antagonist in the movies. Some of the very popular villains back then were Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Kulbhushan Kharabanda, Pran, Danny Denzongpa, Amjad Khan among others. While these people scared the hell out of people, hands down they always did justice to their roles. Though these villains had dreaded the audiences with their on-screen presence, in real life they all are and were kind-hearted men and doting fathers to their beautiful daughters. Let's take a look at Bollywood villains from the retro days and at their beautiful daughters.
Though Shakti Kapoor had often diversified to positive comic roles and performed them with equal finesse in movies like Andaz Apna Apna and Raja Babu, he had started his career with negative characters in films like Rocky, Qurbani, Himmatwwala and the very famous Subhash Ghai directed film, Hero. Shakti Kapoor had teamed up with actor, Kader Khan as the comical or evil duo in more than 100 films. The veteran actor is married to Shivangi Kapoor and they are parents to two children - son, Siddhant Kapoor and daughter, Shraddha Kapoor. Shraddha Kapoor is very close to her father. The actress had risen to fame with her debut film, Aashiqui 2, and had broken all the stereotypes that are generally tagged on the daughter of a villain. Just like her father, Shraddha is a very successful actress too.
Raj Babbar had gained public recognition through the film, Insaaf Ka Tarazu directed by B.R.Chopra, in which he had portrayed the role of a rapist. The film had starred the legendary Zeenat Aman and the 13-year-old, Padmini Kolhapure. The film had sparked a lot of controversy for portraying the brutal rape of a 13-year-old girl. He was successful as a villain because the audience considered Babbar to be titillating and exploitative for his role on screen. The actor has a gorgeous daughter, Juhi Babbar. Juhi had tried her hand at acting in 2003 in a film named Kaash... Aap Hamare Hote, opposite Sonu Nigam but could not succeed and failed to make a mark in Bollywood. She is now married to the famous TV actor, Anoop Soni.
The actor who had become famous with his dialogue kitne aadmi they in the film Sholay is none other than Amjad Khan. He had married Shaila Khan and has three children - sons, Shadaab Khan, Seemaab Khan and daughter, Ahlam Khan. His depiction of Gabbar Singh in the film, Sholay was considered by many as the first depiction of pure evil in Indian cinema. He was often seen to have played a villain opposite to Amitabh Bachchan. His role in Inkaar was also presented in a terrifying manner. He also made his presence felt in films like Satte Pe Satta, Des Pardes, Hum Kisise Kam Nahi and Ganga Ki Saugandh. His daughter, Ahlam Khan is a popular theatre actress and married Zafar Karachiwala, who is also a popular theatre actor.
No 80s teen can forget the iconic movie, Khoon Bhari Maang that depicted the loveless marriage between Rekha and Kabir Bedi. The scene of his penultimate betrayal where he throws her off the boat to the crocodiles is still fresh in the minds of the audience. Kabir Bedi is also known for his role in the movie, Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, where he played the role of Emperor Shah Jahan. The first of his three marriages was with Odissi dancer, Protima Gupta, way back in 1969. The duo was blessed with two kids, their daughter, Pooja Bedi and son, Siddharth Bedi. Pooja Bedi is a famous Indian actress, television talk show host and a columnist. She had also participated in reality television shows like Bigg Boss, Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 1 and Nach Baliye 3.
The actor who has performed and gifted the Hindi film industry with various iconic characters such as Shaakal in Shaan, Police Patel in Nishant, Inder Malhotra in Arth, Ramlal Sharma in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, Commmander in Maachis, and many more. As Shaakal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda joined the league of Bollywood's greatest villains. To date, his evil smile and terrifying persona will make you shiver. It was Shaan that marked his entry into mainstream cinema and left filmmakers, critics, and the audience in awe of his talent. the veteran actor has a pretty daughter, Shruti Kharbanda. Though not much is known about his daughter, Shruti had tied the knot with Rohit Navale in an extravagant royal wedding celebration in Jodhpur in the year 2018
One of the most famous villains of the eighties and nineties, Prem Chopra was regular in villainous roles in the films with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role from 1969 to 1991 from Doli till Ghar Parivar. Unlike other villains, Chopra's on-screen characters didn't rely on gizmos, his characters didn't rely on henchmen to do the dirty work and he never needed wicked names. Audiences have not yet forgotten his famous dialogues like Kar bhala to ho bhala from Raja Babu and Rajneeti ki bhains ke liye daulat ki lathi ki zaroorat hoti hai from Khiladi. Prem Chopra and his wife, Uma Chopra have three daughters and each one of them is married to famous people. While Rakita Chopra got married to designer, Rahul Nanda and Punita Chopra is married to actor and singer, Vikas Bhalla. On the other hand, Prerna Chopra is married to the 3 Idiots actor, Sharman Joshi.
Om Shivpuri had appeared in most of the movies in the 70s as a villain. Om Shivpuri had started his career by working in a radio station in Jaipur. At that time, Sudha Shivpuri (who had played the role of Baa in the famous daily soap Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi) also worked there. Om Shivpuri had later married Sudha. He worked in the film industry for two decades and had acted in 175 movies, most of which he appeared in the role of a villain. Om Shivpuri and Sudha Shivpuri's daughter, Ritu Shivpuri is also a popular Bollywood actress. She has played the lead role in Govinda's hit film Aankhen. The song Lal dupatte waali of this film was very popular. She made a comeback after a gap of 11 years. She also portrayed the role of Shivani Tomar's mother in the serial Is Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon.
Ranjeet, who had played the role of a villain in the movie, Sharmelee had once revealed on The Kapil Sharma Show that he was thrown out of his house after the release of the film because he had 'tried to tear' Rakhi Gulzar's clothes. He was given the screen name ‘Ranjeet’ by superstar Sunil Dutt with whom he did Reshma aur Shera in 1968. The actor, contrary to his onscreen image is a complete family man in real life. He and his wife Aloka have two children - their daughter, Divyanka Bedi and son, Jeeva Bedi. Divyanka is a fashion designer and fitness enthusiast. She is very active on Instagram and often shares photos and videos with her family.
Aditya Pancholi was loved by people as an antagonist, as he had played villain in the movies like Yes Boss starring Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, Race 2, Striker and Bodyguard. He even bagged two nominations for his villainous roles, as he was nominated for 'Best Villain' category in Filmfare Awards in 1998 for the film, Yes Boss. Then again in 2011, Aditya was nominated for again 'Best Villain' category for the movie, Striker by Global Indian Film & TV Honours award. Aditya Pancholi is married to Zarina Wahab and they have two children - son, Suraj Pancholi, who had made his debut in Bollywood with the film, Hero, and their daughter, Sana Pancholi. Very little is known about Sana and she also makes rare public appearances.
While Mohnish Bahl is known for his sanskaari and positive roles in Sooraj Barjatya's films, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, he has also played negative roles in a good number of films. In fact, he was popular in the 1990s for his villainous characters. It has been 32 years to Maine Pyaar Kiya but the dialogue Ek ladka aur ek ladki kabhi dost nahi ho sakte hain continues to be popular and is still fresh in the minds of the people. He had also played the role of a villain in the movie Shola Aur Shabnam, starring Govinda and the late Divya Bharati. Mohnish had married Ekta Sohini in 1992 and the couple has two daughters - Pranutan Bahl and Krishaa Bahl. Though not much is known about Krishaa Bahl, his elder daughter, Pranutan Bahl was launched by Salman Khan in the movie, Notebook, opposite Zaheer Iqbal. After making her debut with Notebook, Pranutan has also appeared in the film, Helmet, opposite Aparshakti Khurana.
Though these villains have always kept the audiences on their toes with their villainous roles, they have also proved that it is not right to judge a book by its cover. Though they have played villainous roles onscreen, they are much different in real life. What do you think? Let us know!