While 2012 has been the year of heroes it also has emerged as the year of villains as well and even mainstream actors have not thought twice before turning villain and it has given a fresh perspective to villainy and has sort of underlined the fact that for an actor it is not important that he is enacting the role of a villain or a hero what is rather important is the manner in which he or she executes the role that it makes it count. Here is a look at some of the important roles that emerged as the defining motif in 2012
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Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor in AGNEEPATH: Yash Johar indeed would be proud of his son Karan Johar that in the remake of his cult film AGNEEPATH, Karan Johar introduced two villains, Sanjay Dutt and Rishi Kapoor and made menace more so frightening. While Sanjay Dutt had played the role of a baddie earlier, what made the audience gape in wonder was the awesome performance by Rishi Kapoor as a dalaal dealing in young girls. From being a romantic hero to becoming a dealer of girls’ was one of the high points of Rishi Kapoor’s career.
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Bipasha Basu RAAZ 3: Bipasha Basu as the woman scorned, out on a revenge mission by leveraging on her physical assets and sexual charms was the key catalyst in making RAAZ 3 a huge success that it finally emerged.
Nassar in ROWDY RATHORE: Nassar as the rustic baddie in ROWDY RATHORE brought back the memories of the villain of the times when brute muscle power used to rule the villages and mofussil towns and delivered a competent performance.
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Mithun Chakraborty in OMG OH MY GOD!: Mithun Chakraborty as the baba with latent bi-sexual tendencies gave a refreshing performance and served as a pointer to the fact that there still is quite a lot of juice left in him to be explored under this genre.
|TALAASH AND EK THA TIGER|
TALAASH and EK THA TIGER: Circumstance was the main villain in TALAASH – THE ANSWER LIES WITHIN and it underlined the fact that it is for us to fight the demons inside us to conquer the world. Same was the case in EK THA TIGER where it was the circumstance that forced spies from India and Pakistan after falling in love to take on the system
|GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I and GANGS OF WASSEYPUR II|
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I & II: GANGS OF WASSEYPUR I&II brought to fore the villainy that dominated the landscape in the coal mines of the country in the late seventies and early eighties and Tigmanshu Dhulia stood out as one of the baddies whose name would be counted as among one of the most prominent roles enacted by villains.
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CHAKRAVYUH: Abhay Deol as the leader of the Naxalite movement underlined the fact that it is the meat in the role that should be the reference point for the actor and not whether he is playing a negative or a positive character in the film.
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DABANNG 2: The year was signed off on a menacing note with Prakash Raj as the baddie in Salman Khan starrer signed off the year on a great note.
Let’s hope that 2013 would also bring in some energetic performances in this genre.