Bollywood’s chote nawab Saif Ali Khan made his debut with ‘Parampara’ (2002) and was seen in a spate of films where he played a charming lover boy. Saif’s breakthrough moment came in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001), a contemporary take at young India, which consolidated his position at the Box Office. Saif experimented with his looks and character in Sriram Raghavan’s thriller ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, Homi Adajania’s ‘Being Cyrus’ (2006) and Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Omkara’ (2006).
Bollywood’s most versatile hero, Ajay Devgn made his smashing debut in ‘Phool Aur Kaante’ (1991) and since then, has went from strength to strength, doing films across the genre – action, drama, comedy. Ajay starred in hits like ‘Jigar’ (1992), ‘Dilwale’ (1994), ‘Suhaag’ (1994), ‘Diljale’ (1996) and ‘Ishq’ (1997), ‘The Legend of Bhagat Singh’ (2002), ‘Khakee’, ‘Omkara’ (2006), Golmaal series, ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’ (2010) and ‘Raajneeti’ (2010).
Ajay’s two most notable films as anti-hero are ‘Khakee’ and ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’, where he played serial killer Yashwant Angre and Mumbai smuggler Sultan Mirza respectively with great panache.
8Ajay Devgn as Sultan Miraza in Once upon a time in Mumbai:
8. Shahid Kapoor
After starting his career with ad films and music videos, actor Pankaj Kapoor and Neelima Azeem’s son Shahid Kapoor made his debut in Ken Ghosh’s ‘Ishq Vishq’(2003) and was soon seen in films like ‘Dil Maange More’ (2004), ‘Vivah’ (2006), ‘Jab We Met’ (2007), ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ (2009), ‘Chance Pe Dance’(2009) and ‘Badmaash Company’(2010). Shahid’s best performance was in Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Kaminey’ (2009), where he played double roles of Charlie Sharma and Guddu Sharma.
Shahid Kapoor in the film Kaminey(2009):
Heroes have always played a very intergral and important part in the hindi movies. Especially the Anti-Heros, who are loved and adored despite the fact that they are not their cliché good boy, morally and socially good people. They are raw, real, Negative, anti-social yet they are relatable to the audiences for its imperfections.Thus bollywood filmmakers have always used the anti-hero formulas right from the bengining , and always dabbled the leads to have the shades of grey to them.
In the Next Chapter we will look into a case study on the real meaning of the anti-heroes in the anurag kashyap films and how he has dabbled it so convingly in all his characters.