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From Priyanka Chopra to Vidya Balan; Actresses who risked playing negative characters and killed it

From Priyanka Chopra to Vidya Balan; Actresses who risked playing negative characters and killed it

Bollywood has had its share of legendary villains who became the faces of a movie thanks to their stunning portrayals of the characters. As recently as a decade ago, women had little share in these negative roles, as being at the top was not considered healthy. However, the tide has turned, times have changed and now directors and screenwriters have begun to see the full potential of our reigning queens of B-Town, playing the negative role as well as the leads. Bollywood divas are now attempting negative roles with confidence and conviction.

Here is a list of Bollywood heroines who have decided to break the mold and explore their darker side.

Priyanka Chopra (Aitraaz)

Priyanka ChopraUnforgettable is her portrayal of the sizzling dominating boss who blackmails her assistant at work and tries to develop a relationship with him in the film Aitraaz. She was brave to play a negative role in the early days of her career and the role changed her career significantly. As they say, fortune favors the brave. Priyanka won the 2004 Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for this role. PC also played a black widow who killed her own husbands in the film Saat Khoon Maaf‘.

Bipasha Basu (Jism)

As a sexy seductress who wants to kill her millionaire husband, Bipasha Basu’s villainous role in “Jism” left audiences in awe. The actress was praised by film critics for her negative role and her performance can be summed up in two simple words – confident and compelling. The role of this honey colored actress has not only boosted her career but also earned her the recognition she deserves in the film industry and made her the sexiest actress in India. Bipasha has also been praised for her temperamental, hot and negative roles in Raaz 3.

Amrita Singh (Kalyug)

In Kalyug, Amrita Singh played a porn baron – a villain category unmatched among Bollywood actresses. Nobody could have played the role of a porn tycoon in the film Kalyug better than her. This was a bold move by Amrita, and she became one of the first actresses in a film that explored the other side of the meat market. As a powerful, ruthless businesswoman, Amrita received well-deserved applause.

Vidya Balan (Ishqiya)

Vidja Balan is the most versatile actress Bollywood has ever seen. From the charming Parineeta to playing Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan has played various roles with simple elegance. The queen can also play a negative role and Ishqiya is a classic example. In the film, Vidya tried her hand at the role of a small-town widow who forces the main actors to do their will. Vidya’s achievement was remarkable, even leading to the belief that even small towns can harbor deadly women!

Kajol (Gupt)

KajolKajol’s villainous avatar as a psychotic lover in the film “Gupt” was one of her outstanding performances, earning her the 1997 Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role. Kajol’s films prior to Gupt made her the quintessential Hindi film heroine, with a hint of mischievousness that was, of course, her own self. She was also the first woman to be nominated in the Negative Role category. It cemented her as the top actress in the industry at the time.

Well, it’s high time now for the industry to acknowledge the immense powerhouses these women are when it comes to playing antagonistic roles with skill.


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