One of the first films I remember seeing in the cinema hall was Qurbani (1980), I was 5 years old at the time, and even at that young age I understood one thing: all great films had incredible Heroes & Villains! Since the beginning of films there has been the fight of good vs. evil. But over the years these so called Heroes & Villains have changed drastically.
Gone are the days of smugglers and gangsters, now is the time of tech savvy villains. He's no longer ugly looking, he doesn't wear a patch on one eye, a scar on his face or two different colored eyes, he's like the common man, so common in fact that it's hard to believe he's a villain. He's, in fact, a Con-Man.
Instead of being repulsed by this new breed of movie villain we actually awe-inspire them. In a strange sort of way, we wish to relate to them and to a certain degree idolize them. When the villain looks like Hrithik Roshan, Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan, etc., it becomes difficult not to.
Perhaps if these Con-Men were still played by the likes of Pran, Prem Chopra, Amrish Puri, Amjad Khan, Ajeet, Danny Denzongpa, Raza Murad, Shakti Kapoor or Gulshan Grover, we wouldn't feel the same attraction towards them.
Today, the rules of what a hero is have changed again, in the past a hero was someone who fought against evil, protected the weak and followed certain beliefs/principles. Nowadays, heroes are given characteristics which make it difficult to decide if they're the hero or the villain. They no longer fight against evil, they're usually the cause of it. They're not interested in the weak, they're very power hungry and don't trust anyone. They don't follow any belief/principle that may keep them from achieving their goals/dreams. In short, today's heroes lack honor, respect and discipline - they want to do the right thing, but are willing to take short cuts to do it.
A lot of great heroes and villains have come out of Bollywood over the last few decades, below is a list of my favorites.
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