What does the word Villain strike anybody? If this question was asked decades back, one tends to imagine a guy with thick uncombed hair, big moustache, a prize scar from the battlefield (rather a petty fight) and even a mole on his cheek. His attire would be usually some coloured banian on a transparent shirt and complete with a lungi. Of course the unfading beedi. Then a few years later, arrived the "Pannayar & Co" whose attire is usually a blue or white Zippa, the "Rich and Ruthless Thozhilathipar (Businessman) with Safari jacket and smoking a pipe.
Tamil film Industry has matured drastically in the Villain segment and adopted the Hollywood approach in recent times. Hollywood usually thrive on smart and handsome baddies like John Travolta in "Broken Arrow" & "Faceoff" , Arnold in "Batman & Robin" to name a few. These are sly Villains who are always pitted a step higher than heroes. More often they are termed as antagonist confronting the protagonist.
Now as a fresh start over, Tamil cine industry has witnessed an array of Villains who just don't give the traditional evil grin nor do stupid plots, instead they are hot, handsome, intelligent and even have six packs sometime. A few of them:
The Phrase "He looks like a million bucks "could not suit anyone better than Vidyut. He came into limelight with the "Kaakha Kaakha" remake in Hindi as "Force" and won the hearts of many. In Billa2 he appeared as "Dimitri" the villainous Russian mafia and looked top notch in his attire. His swaggering attitude and craving looks gave his female fans their side of joy in the blockbuster "Thuppakki". He is portrayed as the smart terrorist who makes the hero run, seek and sweat before confronting him. He is a model turned actor and proficient in martial arts, and also a trained gymnast. Vidyut is the new poster boy of the town and is currently working in a load of movies in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.
Sonu Sood :
It's the same hunk who challenged Rajinikanth in" Chandramukhi", was the terrorist in Majnu and finally bared his body in the latest "Dabangg" and its remake "Osthe". Redefining himself with a series of punch dialogues, appealing attires and of course shaking a leg with for "Kalasala" with Malaika Sherawat. Sonu is not all new to the Cine industry and has been acting for more than a decade now, and probably one of the villains whose picture might have been set as wallpaper in a few desktops. The climax fight between Simbu and Sonu is a treat to watch and one would definitely agree the bad boy of the scene, Sonu bore a muscular look better than Simbu.
Johnny Tri Nguyen:
Johnny was portrayed as Dong Lee in 7am Arivu, and no one can forget his sly smile bundled with sinister plots. He sure made a clear impression with his looks and created a buzz in Kollywood. Gone are the days when heroism ruled throughout the movie, and in 7 am Arivu, Johnny is the ruthless Chinese hitman who spares no hair in his mission and strikes fear until the end. Johnny's trim physique and martial arts impresses anyone who has watched this movie. He sure has formed a new era in the Villain category.
Remember "Run", the 2002 Lingusamy's Blockbuster? If Direction, Music formed the base of the movie, Atul's odious plots definitely come to the mind. He might not be the hunk we expect, but certainly plots devilishly and smart indeed.
A Professional model turned actor he was, one of the earliest heartthrob. He left a lasting impression in the "Made in India" Video and since then has acted in many movies. In "Paiyaa", he played the rowdy who hunts down the lead pair and his hairstyle, body language still stands apart. The lovable hunk he is, played a pivotal role in "Pachaikili Muthucharam "as well. Milind is one of the heroes who plays villain in disguise.
Surely the pot belly villains of Tamil cinema are rapidly diminishing and a new age is born, where Villians are depicted on par with the heroes and one can expect future Tamil cinema to be full of six pack and muscular built baddies, with bigot brains.