What Sonu Sood, Pankaj Kapur and Vivek Oberoi have in common

They all wowed Bollywood with their acting chops and style. And then they moved on to the south and impressed audiences there as well. But these actors also have one thing in common: they all made it big in their roles as villains over there. Here’s a look at these actors whose menacing side in regional movies surprised us. 

1. Sonu Sood in Arundhati

Sonu Sood has dabbled in Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, Telugu and Kannada films. He played the antagonist in Hindi films like Simmba and R…Rajkumar. However, his villainous portrayal of Pasupathi in Tollywood’s Arundhati won him the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Villain. 

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2. Vidyut Jammwal in Thuppakki and Billa II

Brawn powerhouse Vidyut Jammwal not only wreaked havoc in Bollywood’s Force but also showed his villainous streak in Thuppakki and Billa II.

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3. Amrish Puri in Thalapathi

This one’s a bit of time travel to the 90s. Who doesn’t remember the menacing Mogambo from Mr. India? Amrish Puri undoubtedly immortalised Mogambo, but his depiction of the deadly Kalivardhan in Thalapathi was memorable too. The movie has a stellar star cast of Super Star Rajnikanth, Mammootty, Arvind Swamy and Shobana.

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4. Rahul Dev in Vedalam and Mass

Rahul Dev made his debut as a villain in the 2000 Bollywood film Champion. Since then he has donned the villain’s cap several times, including in Ajith-starrer Vedalam and Nagarjuna-starrer Mass.

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5. Vivek Oberoi in Vivegam

He was known as Bollywood’s chocolate hero with Saathiya, Yuva and Kyun Ho Gaya Na, but Vivek Oberoi is now also known for his antagonist chops in movies like Vivegam.

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6. Neil Nitin Mukesh in Kaththi

Neil Nitin Mukesh entered the South film industry with Vijay-starrer Kaththi where he unleashed his villainous streak. The movie was a runaway hit and grossed a whopping Rs 130 crore at the box office!  

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7. Mukesh Rishi in Indra

You may know him from Koi Mil Gaya, Sarfarosh and Sooryavansham. Mukesh Rishi is well-known for stellar depiction of side characters that are pivotal to the plot. One of his renowned roles as a villain has been in the Chiranjeevi- and Sonali Bendre-starrer Indra.

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8. Ravi Kishan in Race Gurram

A name synonymous with Bhojpuri cinema, Ravi Kishan has successfully dabbled in Hindi and Telugu cinema as well. Ravi quite ably played the role of a criminal turned politician in Allu Arjun-starrer Race Gurram.

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9. Pankaj Kapur in Roja

Pankaj Kapur is a name equated with diverse roles, right from TV shows such as Office Office, Zabaan Sambhaal Ke and more. He played the blood-thirsty (pun intended) terrorist in Mani Ratnam’s gripping 1992 drama Roja starring Arvind Swamy and Madhoo. 

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