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Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 22:40 IST

Sanjay Dutt to Jackie Shroff, Bollywood actors who played villians in south films

Sanjay Dutt to Jackie Shroff Bollywood stars are leaving a mark as menacing villains in South Indian cinema, blurring industry lines. Here's a list

Actors to play vilians
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As Indian cinema evolves, the demarcation between regional film industries and Hindi cinema is increasingly fading. Actors now embrace diverse languages, venturing into different industries, and delivering memorable performances across the board. A trend gaining traction is Bollywood stars taking up menacing villainous roles in South Indian movies, enriching the cinematic experience for audiences across the nation.

Sanjay Dutt in KGF: Chapter 2

Sanjay Dutt captivated audiences with his portrayal of Adheera, the main antagonist in the highly successful KGF: Chapter 2, starring Yash. His chilling performance earned acclaim, propelling him into the antagonist's role in Lokesh Kanagaraj's upcoming film alongside Thalapathy Vijay, Leo.

Sanjay Dutt in KGF: Chapter 2

Neil Nitin Mukesh in Katthi

Neil Nitin Mukesh stepped into the villain's shoes as the CEO of a multinational corporation with hidden agendas opposite Thalapathy Vijay in A R Muragadoss' Katthi, delivering a compelling performance.

Jackie Shroff in Aaranya Kaandam

Jackie Shroff's depiction of Singha Perumal in Aaranya Kaandam remains one of Tamil cinema's most bone-chilling villainous portrayals. His intimidating presence extends to roles in movies like Astram, Panjaa, Bigil, and an upcoming role in Rajinikanth's Jailer.

Jackie Shroff in Aaranya Kaandam

Vivek Oberoi in Lucifer and Kaduva

Vivek Oberoi left a mark as the stylish antagonist in Prithviraj Sukumaran's Lucifer, playing Bobby, a malevolent drug smuggler amidst an ensemble cast. His success in Lucifer led to another villainous role opposite Prithviraj in Kaduva.

Mukesh Rishi in Indra and Jalsa

Mukesh Rishi, renowned in both Bollywood and South Indian cinema, has delivered intimidating performances in numerous movies. His antagonist roles span across languages including Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada, in films like Indra, Bunny, Jalsa, Race Gurram, and more.

Sonu Sood in Arundhati and Julayi

Sonu Sood's popularity transcends Hindi cinema, solidifying his position in South Indian movies. Notable performances in Arundhati, Julayi, Dookudu, and a villainous role opposite Kichcha Sudeep in Vishnuvardhna have endeared him to Telugu and Kannada audiences alike.

The amalgamation of talent from Bollywood into various regional industries not only enriches the cinematic landscape but also showcases the versatility of actors across linguistic boundaries, captivating audiences with their diverse portrayals of antagonists.

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Published January 2nd, 2024 at 22:40 IST

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