Bollywood Baddies: Villains, Vamps and Henchmen in Hindi Cinema

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SAGE Publications India, Mar 26, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 232 pages
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Bollywood Baddies is the first-of-its-kind book-length narrative of villainy in Hindi films. It discusses villains, vamps, and henchmen of Bollywood cinema, and also the actors who essayed such characters over the decades. The author discusses not just villains but also the evaluation of villainous characters vis--vis sociopolitical conditions in the country.

The narrative begins with Ashok Kumar's negative role in Kismet as early as 1943, and goes up to the Agneepath remake (2012), where Sanjay Dutt plays Kancha Cheena, earlier essayed by Danny Denzongpa in the original. In between, it discusses all major villains, from Lala Sukhiram (Mother India) to Gabbar (Sholay) to "Lion" Ajit (Kalicharan) to Mogambo (Mr. India), and many others. While keeping villains in the focus, it also discusses popular henchmen and vamps, like M B Shetty, Sharat Saxena, Nadira, Bindu, Helen, among others, to understand the dimension of the villains' empire. After all, it's our villains who make our protagonist the hero we all admire.

An engrossing read, this book is for every film buff.


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1 Who Are These Villains?
The Baddies in Action
2 The Fifties and Sixties
3 Sholay and the Seventies
4 The Eighties and After
Empire of Evil and the Emperors
The Vamps
Villains Henchmen
7 Those Dreadful Men
8 The Unforgettable Baddies
9 The End
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Tapan K Ghosh was a professor in Department of English, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. After completing his term as Head of the Department, he took voluntary retirement and turned to creative writing. His stories have since then been published in the US and UK journals, one of them earning a place among the top-10 stories in a competitive event held in England, and later published in the anthology The Bus Stop Scheherazade and Other Stories.

Dr Ghosh’s story “Border” also found a place among the top-12 stories in Labyrinth Competition of London in February 2005, impressing the judges for its “confident storytelling and well-measured prose.”

Dr Ghosh has been a jury member for the Central Board of Film Certfication (CBFC) and has directed the documentary, Under the Sky.

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