Four Memorable Negative Women Characters in Bollywood

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Bollywood has never shied away from vamps. Whether it was the fifties, sixties, seventies or eighties, women were as evil and cruel as the men were. While men would look out for global domination, women would either be their second in command, or be cruel mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Of course, the mothers and sisters would mend their way by the end of the movie, but more often than not, the gangster’s moll would die, only after giving her heart to the main protagonist. To this end, there are very few women characters who are the helm of affairs, and have had the same cruelty that a man would show, making these five performances a rarity.

# 4 Priyanka Chopra (Aitraaz):

The movie that made Priyanka Chopra an household name, Aitraaz, a movie that ‘channelised’ Disclosure, but was a very good indianised version, where Chopra paid the role of a young wife of an aging business magnate, who tries to seduce her younger employee (Akshay Kumar) doesn’t succeed, and therefore accuses him of sexual assault. Of course, his wife (Kareena Kapoor) saves the day, and the wife commits suicide, unable to handle the humiliation of losing a court case about sexual assault.

We rate this character in the top five because there was no actual reason for her to do what she tried to do, apart from the common “I want money, fame and name” kind of backstory. It is quite difficult to play such kind of basic character, and Chopra did an impressive job of it.

# 3 Hema Malini (Jamaai Raja):

This one might be the funnest role in Hema Malini’s career. She plays the all dominating business woman, whose daughter, played by Madhuri Dixit, marries a poor man, played by Anil Kapoor. Malini’s character now deems her young son-in-law to live in the house, as a ‘jamaai raja’, something that is still frowned upon in Indian culture. The movie is a study in how women actors of the sixties, seventies, eighties and the nineties were a river of talent, but were mainly relegated to adding the glamorous quotient in the male dominated and male dominated storylines and movie scripts.

# 2 Amrita Singh (Sooryavanshi)

Before Salman Khan went medieval with the turkey Veer, he was Suryavanshi, where he played the role of an ancient prince, killed and reincarnated as a young man, but the princess who loved him continued to haunt him into this life too. Salman Khan’s current love interest was played by Sheeba, and his heartthrob from Death Valley was played by Amrita Singh. This is the only spirit role that makes this list, because such kind of roles – played by A listers at least – were rare, and it is interesting to note that Amrita Singh took up this role. Singh was last seen in Shootout at Lokhandwala, where she plays the main antagonist’s mother, and the single scene where she plays around with a gun is one of the more intense and haunting sequences in the movie.

# 1 Aruna Irani (Beta)

While the above mentioned female negative roles are good, none of them are epic – and who other than Aruna Irani to portray the epic female negative character. She uses all her talent and expertise in playing the negative role in this one movie, Beta. Aruna Irani plays stepmother to Anil Kapoor, who she controls completely after his father retreats from active life. She and her brother try to take over all his money and land, but their plan hits a hurdle when Kapoor is forced to marry Madhuri Dixit, who does not believe in bowing down to her mother-in-law’s wishes. One of the better made mother-in-law-daughter-in-law movies in Bollywood, this movie is regarded as the project that relaunched Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, and gave Indra Kumar the wherewithal to make another female oriented blockbuster, Raja, which was again a superhit.

Now, it seems that Juhi Chawla will be playing a negative role in the female oriented Gulab Gang. In a recent interview, she has said that she took inspiration – as long as the dressing style is concerned – from other women politicians. She also said that it was difficult for her to play such a role, because she is not like the surly sourly character that she plays in the movie. She also said that this is her second negative character role after Arjun Pandit, and was an experience. We look forward to Chawla’s performance, and hope that she makes this list soon!


Source by Roy Daniel Dsilva

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