It was Gulshan Grover, when he was at the peak of his acting career who had said that it may be alright that a baddie in the world of cinema gets bashed up by the hero in the end, but throughout the film he has the best of life, best of clothes, booze and the girls, so what is the harm in being bashed up for few reels. Indeed, a villain be it in the world of Hindi cinema or even in cinema in any form and genre around the world lives a charmed life on the silver screen, so there always is a latent urge among the established film stars to err on the wrong side of the law. It has got something to do with the fact that though in our genes both good and bad elements dominate; it always is a dilemma to keep the bad element in control, as there is an urge to flirt with it.
Hindi cinema from that perspective has been a rather exception that here the film stars who have enacted the lead roles have seldom tried being bad on the screen, probably owing to the fact that they are too self conscious of their image. However, it does not then provide them an opportunity to evolve themselves as an actor. But may be the stranglehold of image does not allow them to do so. Even then there have been exceptions of the likes of Utpal Dutt and now Naseeruddin Shah who have never thought twice to experiment with being a baddie.
But the scenario and the landscape has started changing, in particular in the last two decades and the present generation of actors consider playing the negative role as process of evolution for them as an actor. The first singular step in this step forward that was taken with lots of conviction was that by Sanjay Dutt in KHALNAYAK and now after more than 10 years he returns back to play a villain, and a menacing one at that with AGNEEPATH.