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Female villains in Bollywood

Shanku Sharma

20 September 2021

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Besides male villains in Bollywood, female villains, though fewer, has mesmerised the audience. One has to watch some of these Bollywood performances if they want to enjoy those class acts by our leading ladies. Playing baddies is a challenging task and few can master the art.

Kajol in Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997)

Kajol (Isha) was special as a psychopath killer in Rajiv Rai’s Gupt: The Hidden Truth. The twist comes in the climax (last scene) where Isha, girlfriend of Sahil (Bobby Deol), tries to attack Sheetal (Manisha Koirala) and is saved. We need more movies like Gupt.

Priyanka Chopra in Aitraaz (2004)

A sultry Sonia (Priyanka Chopra) tries to seduce (provocative and sexually explicit statements) Raj (Akshay Kumar), husband of Priya (Kareena Kapoor). Failed in her attempts, Sonia accuses Raj of sexually harassing her. One of the boldest roles ever played in Bollywood.

Bipasha Basu in Jism (2003)

Bipasha Basu (Sonia) shines brightly in this erotic thriller by Amit Saxena. She uses her sexiness to seduce Kabir (John Abraham), an alcoholic lawyer, to pursue him to murder her millionaire husband, Rohit Khanna (Gulshan Grover). Done and dusted with the murder, things go out of control when Sonia refuses to accept Kabir.

Konkona Sen Sharma in Ek Thi Dayaan (2013)

Konkona Sen Sharma is a superb actress and her role, Diana Dayaan, in Kannan Iyer’s Ek Thi Dayaan proves it. Watch it for Konkona.

Mahie Gill in Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster (2011)

Mahie Gill excelled in the role of a queen (Madhavi Devi) in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster. It is all about betrayal and ambition between Madhavi Devi, her husband Raja (Jimmy Shergill) and an ambitious young man, Babloo (Randeep Hooda).

Shabana Azmi in Makdee (2002)

Shabana Azmi herself is an art. Most of her roles deserve a standing ovation. Vishal Bhardwaj’s Makdee is a Shabana Azmi special piece of work. Azmi as Makdee, the witch, remains terrifying to date.

Vidya Balan in Ishqiya (2010)

What more can you want from a Vidya Balan? She excels even in less meaty roles, and Ishqiya is a wonderful piece of work. Watch how Krishna Verma (Vidya Balan) seduces the two lead actors (Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi) for achieving her own secret goal.

Lara Dutta in Jurm (2005)

Lara Dutta as Sanjana in Vikram Bhatt’s Jurm is a treat to watch for those who want to see vampires (female villains) in action. Jurm was inspired by the movie Double Jeopardy (1999).

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Khakee (2004)

Many people were taken aback by the way Shekhar’s (Akshay Kumar) ladylove Mahalaxmi (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) ditches Shekhar in the end with Rajkumar Santoshi’s Khakee.

Preity Zinta in Armaan (2003)

Love is not always that lovely. When love becomes an obsession, things turn bad. A schizophrenic woman named Sonia (Preity Zinta) comes into a dedicated doctor’s (Anil Kapoor as Akash) life. She offers to help by donating to the hospital on the condition that he marries her. Sonia can go to any length for making her ‘wishes’ fulfilled.

Other leading ladies to play baddies include Amrita Singh in Kalyug (2005), Juhi Chawla in Gulaab Gang (2014) and Urmila Matondkar in Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya (2001).