1. Gabbar, Sholay
Amjad Khan as Gabbar
Played by Amjad Khan, this character became an instant icon. The first choice for this role was Danny who was not available to shoot the film. Therefore, Amjad was nominated. Interestingly, the name 'Gabbar' inspired the title of a recent Akshay Kumar film – Gabbar is back! Iconic dialogue: Yeh haath humko de de Thakur, Joh darr gaya samjho marr gaya , Holi kab hai, kab hai holi
2. Baa, Ram-Leela
Supriya Pathak as Baa
The character of Baa was played by Supriya Pathak, and boy did she deliver one of the most powerful female villain performances in Bollywood. She plays the dominant mother who is excessively controlling and wants to have everything her away.
3. Mogambo, Mr. India
Amrish Puri as Mogambo
Amrish Puri who played the iconic character of Mogambo, is one of the main reasons Mr. India is such an everlasting film. Mogambo became the very definition of evil. Mogambao was so evil that it made Mr. India (played by Anil Kapoor) a better hero!
Iconic dialogue: Mogambo khush hua
4. Shakaal, Shaan
Kulbhushan Kharbanda as Shakaal
Taking inspiration from the western world, Shakaal’s character was brought to life and was played by Kulbhushan Kharbanda. This villain was a sophisticated baddie and perfectly embodied the concept of coolness.
Iconic Dialogue: Yeh zahreeli gas dheere dheere mehfil ko aur rangeen banati rahegi
5. Sir Juda, Karz
Premnath as Sir Juda
Even though Sir Juda, had no dialogues in the entire film, he had an everlasting impact. The character of Sir Juda was played by Premnath. Premnath was admirable with his expressions and unquestionably one of the most unique villains in Bollywood.
Iconic dialogue: Sir juda kehtey hain...
6. Bulla, Gunda
Mukesh Rishi as Bulla
Bulla is perhaps one of the cheapest villains Bollywood has had till date. The character of Bulla is played by Mukesh Rishi. In the film, he plays a don, the guy who kills and rapes.
Iconic dialogue: Oh! Toh ye hai hasina ka paseena, Mera naam hai Bulla, rakhta hoon mein khulla
7. Lion, Kalicharan (also Teja)
Ajit as Lion
This character was an impeccable, classy villain with an accent and was played by Ajit. His assertive incorrect articulation of the word ‘lion’ brought him his fame. Ajit also enacted the role of Teja, the guy with a golden wig, who is yet another negative character to remember.
Iconic dialogue: Saara shahar mujhe lion ke naam se jaanta hai.
8. Robert, Amar Akbar Anthony
Jeevan as Robert
The character of the most common bad boy in the 60s and 70s, Robert was played by Jeevan. Robert was an over-the-top villain who is most remembered for execution of his dialogues. Jeevan topped at all negative roles, the impeccable villain and the evil villager.
9. Kancha Cheena, Agneepath
Sanjay Dutt as Kancha
Danny Denzongpa completely excelled in this role with his
aviators and gelled hair. He plays the character of a self-proclaimed under-world don who takes over a village called Mandwa. Although people remember this movie more for Amitabh’s name in it - Vijay Dinanath Chauhan - it's Kancha you remember hatefully. Agneepath was re-created by Dharma productions in 2012. It starred Hrithik Roshan as Vijay and Sanjay Dutt as Kancha. It would however, be unfair to compare Danny and Dutt, but the latter wasn’t disappointing either.
10. Gajendra, Ram and Shyam
Pran as Gajendra
Gajendra was played by Pran and instantly angered and outraged audience members. In Ram Aur Shyam, Pran played the oppressive brother-in-law, but there were various other films where he played a baddie effortlessly! In some films, he was paid more than the lead actors of his films. Apart from this film, he also played the character of the villain in Kashmir Ki Kali and Pooja Ke Phool.
11. Prem, Bobby
Prem Chopra as Prem
This evil manipulative character was played by Prem Chopra, and he was really the father of all villains. Contrary to his name, he was always shown hitting on girls, forcing himself on them or kidnapping them.
Iconic Dialogue: Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra.
12. Gokul Pandit, Dushman
Ashutosh Rana as Gokul Pandit
Thanks to Ashutosh Rana’s salacious eyes, watching this film again is nothing short of a nightmare. He was so convincing in his role that people still praise Rana for his almost devilish role in Dushman.
13. Dr. Dang, Karma
Anupam Kher as Dr Dang
This character was played by Anupam Kher and is touted as one of his most stellar performances. He played the role of an educated man who wants to use science to spread terrorism. Kher nails being wicked and evil and ensures Dr. Dang is an unforgettable villain.
Iconic dialogue: Iss thapad ki goonj suni tumne? Ab iss goonj ki goonj
14. Diana, Ek Thi Daayan
Konkana Sen Sharma as Diana
This character was played by Konkana Sen Sharma, and due to her supreme acting skills and talent, audiences got shivers down their spines. She played an unfamiliar witch who was dressed in a khaadi sari with kohl filled eyes. Sharma’s presentation of the character was so intense and powerful, it ensured that the audience was on the edge of their seats.
15. Makdee, Makdee
Shabana Azmi as Makdee
Makdee was played by Shabana Azmi. She portrayed a spooky witch. Her costume and physical appearance with long ugly nails, curly hair and dirty outfits added more negativity and evilness to her character.
Who is your favorite Bollywood villain and did they make it to the list?