Tamil film Villains

In Tamil Cinema since its early stage has produced many villains till date. Villain is a character which is opposite to the hero. The main story revolves around the hero and villain in most of the movies right from the beginning stage. Villains play a vital role in tamil cinema industry. They can play any kind of roles not alone villain role. In many movies we have seen heroines playing the opposite character (ie) villi character. Many villains have turned into hero and many heroes have done villain roles. Let us see some of the important villains of tamil cinema from its beginning till now.

PS Veerappa

PS Veerappa was a famous villain actor of yesteryears and a producer of Tamil Cinema.

Some of his films were Raj Mahal, Sivagangai Seemai, Nadodi Mannan, Chakravarthi Thirumagal, Mahadevi, Alibabavum Narpadhu Thirudargalum, Vanjikottai Valiban.

MN Nambiar

MN Nambiar was a film actor in Tamil cinema and had been in the film industry for more than 50 years.

He became interested in acting when he was 13 and he joined Nawab Rajamanikkam's troupe. From then on acting became the only thing that occupied him. His first film was 'Bhaktha Ramadoss', shot in 1935 in Hindi and Tamil, where he played a villain.

Though he started as a hero but started donning the role of a villain - so much so that today his name is almost eponymous with the Kollywood villain. Nambiar has worked with seven generations of actors from Balaiyah to Manoj.

He made quite a statement in the early 50s with his portrayal of 11 roles in 'Digambara Samiyar.' His arresting performance in films such as 'Manthiri Kumari', 'Velaikkari', 'Ayirathil Oruvan', 'Thillana Mohanambal', 'Missiamma' and 'Nenjam Marappadillai' paved way for a very successful career that spanned over five decades.

After becoming popular in Tamil films he started his own drama troupe called Nambiar Nataka Mandram. They staged two plays - 'Kaviyin Kanavu' and a comedy play 'Kalyana Supermarket.'

MN Nambiar is an ardent devotee of Sabarimala Sri Ayyappan. He has had a long association with the temple, and visited the shrine more than 65 years over the last half a century; this has led to him being called Maha Guruswamy.

His favourite films remain 'Aayirathil Oruvan' with MGR, 'Ambikapathi' with Sivaji Ganesan, 'Missiyamma' with Gemini Ganesan, 'Nenjam Marappathillai' directed by Sridhar and 'Thooral Ninu Pochu' with Bhagyaraj. This was the film that made him do character roles, something that he continues to do till now. He also acted as hero in two films 'Kalyani' and 'Kavitha' produced by Modern Theatres.

MR Radha

Madras Rajagopala Naidu Radhakrishnan popularly known as M. R. Radha was an Indian Tamil film actor and politician. He was given the title of 'Nadigavel' for his acting prowess. After a successful career on stage in his early years, he acted in films from the 1930s to the '70s, and then, giving up films, he went back to his first love, theater.

Radha was a popular theatre artist, who had made more than 5000 stage shows. Starting at the age of 10, where he appeared in small roles, grew to a level that stories for dramas were custom made for him. Radha gained popularity with the success of his stage play Ratha Kanneer. When he acted in the film version of the play, he quickly gained star status. Ratha Kanneer gave Radha international recognition and an award, he thus becoming the second Tamil actor after Sivaji Ganesan to get it. Recently, Ratha Kanneer has been remade using star Upendra from Karnataka.

With his versatile acting, Radha played roles of both villains and comics. After the 1950s, film-makers created roles especially for him, and he often stole the limelight from other actors. He was an active member of the Dravidian movement, and was known for his atheistic views. Towards the end of his career, however, he started acting in Hindu devotional movies like 'Velum Mayilum Thunai' and made fun of atheists. M. R. Radha till his life time remained a hard critics of theism and superstitious practices in the name of religion and culture. In the history of Tamil cinemas, he is an invincible person who performed his characters based on his mentor, Periyar's idealogue.

RS Manohar

RS Manohar was a popular villain actor of yesteryears. He was born at Namakkal in 1925. He had acted over 200 films.

Manohar had acted in a number of plays. Some of the famous ones are Ilangeswaran, Chanakkiya Sabadam, Soorapadman, Sisupalan, Indrajith, Sukrachariyar, Naragasooran and Thirunavukkarasar.

He has acted in many films like Vannakkili, Ulagam Sutrum Valiban, Ayirathil Oruvan, Idayakkani, Kaavalkaaran, Pallandu Vazhga, Adimai Penn, Billa, Thangamagan.

SA Ashokan

S A Asokan popularly known as Asokan was a popular tamil villain actor.

He has acted in many tamil fims like Aattukkara Alamelu, Adimai Pen, Anbe Vaa, Karnan.

Radha Ravi

Radha Ravi is a Tamil film and television actor, who played supporting roles throughout his career. He is the son of yesteryear actor, M. R. Radha and the brother of Vasu Vikram and stepbrother of Raadhika Sarathkumar. He is a chief member of the South Indian Film Artistes' Association. He is known for his roles as an antagonist in TamilChellamae. He is also known for his controversial criticism and conspiracy theories of other film personalities. films and his current role in the television serial

Having started his career as a theatre artiste, he still associates himself with plays. A man with diverse interests, it was his father who taught him some of the good principles in life. He played the role of Julius Caesar in a Tamil drama when he was in the ninth standard. During his New College days, both his friends, Jailani and Rafee helped him to pursue his passion for theatre. He performed for actor V.K. Ramasamy troupe, MRR. Vasu troupe, T.K. Chandran troupe and the UAA troupe. In 1980, he started his own troupe Nadikavel Theatres. His first time before the camera was for a Kannada film, Ragasiya Rathiri, produced by actor Bharathi's father for BNK Pictures in 1975. His first Tamil film was Manmathalelai, after Kamal Haasan recommended his name to K. Balachandar.

Director Ramanarayanan gave his career a boost while T. Rajender was instrumental in casting him as a villain in Uyurullavarai Usha. But it was actor S.S. Chandran who made him speak like his father in that film and made the world sit up and take notice. He later modified himself into one of the versatile character-actors Tamil industry has ever produced. He made notable performances in films like Vaidegi Kaathirunthal, Uyarntha Ullam, Chinna Thambi, Poo Veli, Uzhaipalli, Guru Sishyan, etc. He has acted in about 280 films in all the South Indian languages - four in Telugu, three in Kannada, three in Malayalam and the others in Tamil.

Nassar

Nassar is a Tamil actor, producer, writer, director, lyricist, and singer.

He has appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi and English films. He is often cited as part of India's specialist character actors, along with the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Nana Patekar. He is proficient in Urdu, English, Hindi, Arabic, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

He trained in two acting schools: South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce's Film Institute and Tamil Nadu Institute for Film and Television Technology. He passed with gold medals at both institutes.

Raghuvaran

Raghuvaran was an Indian actor who predominantly acted in movies made in South India. He became famous for his portrayal of villain and character roles in Tamil films. He has acted in more than 150 Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. According to the Hindustan Times, 'the actor had carved a niche for himself with his special style and voice modulation.

He was noted for his role as the protagonist of a Tamil soap opera, Oru Manidhanin Kadhai, about a well-to-do man who becomes an alcoholic. He received critical acclaim for his role as Father Alphonse in the Malayalam movie Daivathinte Vikruthikal, directed by Lenin Rajendran and based on M. Mukundan's novel of the same name.

From 1979 to 1983, he was part of an acting drama troupe in Chennai, Chennai Kings, which also included the popular Kannada/Tamil supporting actor, Nassar. He was spotted and cast in a small role in Ezhavathu Manithan which was his biggest role to date. From then on he moved from success to success.

Following his beginnings on the stage, Raghuvaran turned to film with 1982's Tamil film Elavathu Manithan (Seventh Man). He bagged several state and Filmfare Awards for his outstanding performances in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. He began his career as a supporting actor in a number of films in Tamil including Mani Rathnams Anjali as the father of a mentally retarded autistic child which was rated as one of his best performances as a supporting actor. However he later perfected in roles as a subtle and sophisticated villain in extremely memorable roles- like in Baasha as Mark Anthony, Mudhalvan as The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shiva and Muthu as Rajnikanth's Nephew Ilaimaran. In recent times, he went back to supporting roles- sometimes as a father or as a mentor in films such as Alai (Simbus Father), Yaaradi Nee Mohini (Dhanush's Father), Tirumalai (Vijays Friend and Mentor) and Bala (Shyams Mentor).

He has also acted in a number of Hindi movies, such as Lal Badshah.

Raghuvaran's voice is a unique one and is subject to numerous mimicries. He has won a number of State Awards.

Rajnikanth, who acted alongside Raghuvaran in many successful films, considered the actor something of a lucky charm. Rajnikanth claimed that the film Baba did not succeed because Raghuvaran was not in it. Later, for the movie Sivaji, Rajnikanth asked director S. Shankar to cast Raghuvaran in any role; that movie went on to become a huge success.

Prakash Raj

Prakash Raj is the screen name of Prakash Rai a National Film Award-winning Indian method actor and producerNational Film Award for Best Actor in 2009 for his role in Kanchivaram, a Tamil film directed by Priyadarshan and won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1998 for the Mani Ratnam film Iruvar.

He has acted in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi films. His original name 'Prakash Rai' in Kannada screen was rechristened to 'Prakash Raj' by K. Balachander for Prakash Raj's debut movie 'Duet'. His first major role was in the 1993 film Duet, directed by veteran director K. Balachander. He achieved fame through Tamil films, where he did most of his films.

Prakash Rai began his acting career with Kannada Doordarshan serials like Bisilu Kudure and Guddada Bhootha. He later took up small supporting roles in kannada films like Raamachari, Nishkarsha, Lockup Death and etc and was noticed for his dialogue delivery and histrionics. His breakthrough role came in form of Harakeya Kuri starring Vishnuvardhan and Geetha, directed by K S L Swamy. His performance in the movie was noticed by Geetha and she in turn introduced him to her mentor, the noted director K. Balachander a Tamil film director. Prakash Raj re-entered Kannada films with a bang through Nagamandala in 1997, directed by T.S. Nagabharana which was selected for Indian Panorama in the International Film Festival 1997.

Prakash Raj is a very famous actor in South India for a wide variety of roles he has performed, most notably as a villain in Tamil and Telugu and of late, as a character artiste. He is considered to be one of the most natural actors in the film industry, and has a good reputation for his acting skills. He is also the highest paid villain in Indian cinema. He was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai. In 1997, he acted in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar. The movie was about the relationship between politicians MG. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi, which he won the best supporting actor award,where he had a chance to act with the malayalam superstar and one of the greatest actor of indian film industry Mohanlal. One of Prakash Raj's greatest hits was his role of Villain in telugu film Okkadu, where he plays the role of factionist, a gangster who is in love with Bhoomika Chawla. After Okkadu, Prakash Raj was flooded with offers.

The film was remade in Tamil as Ghilli. The same movie got remade in Kannada as Ajay starring Puneet Rajkumar. The versatile actor then co-starred with major stars and also acted in movies with newcomers. His 2007 production Mozhi, where he played an important role, was a box office hit and praised by critics proving that he can play a comedy role just as good as playing a negative character. Prakash Raj has already had four releases this year, all in which he plays a prominent role. He is acting in more than half a dozen films at the moment including his own production, Abhiyum Naanum.

His production venture in Tamil Mozhi, directed by Radhamohan, starring himself, Jyothika, Prithviraj and Swarnamalya was a blockbuster. He recently acted as a rich businessman in Venkat Prabhu's second film Saroja, a box-office hit. His latest movie is Abiyum Naanum in Tamil. He made the same movie in Kannada as 'Naanu Nanna Kanasu' which was very well appreciated by kannada audience. Unfortunately, he has been banned from Telugu Film industry due to the troubles he caused in filmmaking.

Ashish Vidyarthi

Ashish Vidyarthi is a National Film Award-winning actor in India. He won the Best Supporting Actor for film Drohkaal in 1995, who has worked in all the regional film industries.

Even though he typically acts in Hindi movies, he has also acted in several South Indian hit films, including 'AK 47', Aa Dinagalu, Jothegara in Kannada,Ghilli in Tamil, CID Moosa in Malayalam, Pokiri in Telugu and Bombaiyer Bombete in Bengali. He is presently playing a major role in the Zee TV serial Vaaris.

Vidyarthi's film career began with a supporting role in Kannada Film Anand with Shivraj Kumar. Later, he starred with Suresh Gopi in Hijack (1991). His break in Hindi films came with Naajayaaz and Baazi. He soon began appearing as atypical (by Bollywood standards) villains, spewing vitrolic dialogue rather than as the 'classy' Pankaj Kapur-type villains who were becoming the norm. As a result most of his films were not top of the line and were more of standard commercial masala fare. He did have some hits like Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. He also acted in supporting roles in some films such as Ek Rishta or a comic villain in Jodi No.1 and Haseena Maan Jayegi.

As the film industry dried up in Mumbai, Vidyarthi received offers from South India. His role as 'Dawood' in Kannada movie 'AK 47' along with Kannada superstar Shivarajkumar and another bollywood actor Om Puri is very memorable. He then appeared as a villain in films such as CID Moosa with Malayali superstar Dileep, Baba as Ippo Ramasami with Rajnikanth, Ghilli and Azhagiya Tamil Magan with Vijay, Pokiri and Athidhi in Telugu with Mahesh Babu.

He is acted in a serialVaaris as an autocratic father.he played a strong character (naxalite leader) named guruji in Bhagyavidhaata in colors.

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Top 10 Villains of South Cinema

Indian Cinema has always played fiddle to its "heroes". It's, however, the baddies who bear the cross of heroism. They indulge in rape, arson and looting (in the first half) and find themselves hosting a barrage of 'dishooms' and 'gaalis' (in the second half).

We have for you, exclusively, a section which hasn't ever been ventured into, in this realm of cinematic tributes. We have a collection of this decade's "most notorious villains" of South Cinema.

Read through, and choose the man you love to hate!

Prakash Raj

Prakash Raj is probably the only actor of South cinema who has played memorable bad-man roles, in movies of all four South Indian languages.

And while at that, Prakash Raj has emphatically been wining national and regional film awards. His notable films in the negative role include 'Vaanavil' (2000), 'Ghilli' (2004), and 'Anniyan' (2005) from Tamil cinema.

In Tollywood, he was popular for his roles in hit films such as 'Idiot' (2002), 'Okkadu' (2003) and 'Pokiri' (2006). His hits in Kannada include 'Athithi' (2002), 'Bimba' (2004), and 'Ajay' (2006). His Malayalam movies of the decade were 'Thekkekera Super Fast (2004), and 'Pandipada' (2005).

Ashish Vidyarthi

In a career spanning over two decades, Ashish Vidyarthi has defined and redefined evil on the south Indian screen.

His hits in Tamil include 'Kanthasamy' (2009), 'Kuruvi' (2008) and 'Dhill' (2001). His performance in 'Chirutha' (2007), 'Gudumba Shankar' (2004) and 'Law & Order' (2002) won him a lot of admirers in Andhra.

Ashish has also acted in Kannada films such as 'Sainika' (2002), 'Akash' (2005), 'Yodha' and 'Devru' (2009). His hit baddie roles in Malayalam include the ones in 'CID Moosa' (2003), 'Bhasmasuran' and 'Rakshakan' (2007).

Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani is another versatile and accomplished actor in South Cinema. Mani has proven his mettle as a seasoned actor, playing characters of various hues.

His stupendous popularity in Malayalam cinema came from laudable performances in 'Kuberan' (2002), 'Balettan' (2003), 'Ravanan'',Aandavan' (2006), 'Chotta Mumbai' (2007), and 'Twenty: 20' (2008).

In Tamil cinema, Mani gained immense popularity with the portrayal of the baddie in 'Gemini' (2003). He went on to do negative roles in 'Aaru', 'Mazhai' (2005) and 'Vel'.

Mukesh Rishi

Mukhesh Rishi preferred South Indian screen for his second innings in movies. Nevertheless, Telugu cinema found its quintessential villain in Mukesh.

From playing the dreaded Veerashankar Reddy in 'Indra' (2002), to the vengeful factionist in 'Saleem' (2009), Mukesh has enthralled audiences with his loud portrayal of the negative.

His other pivotal roles in Telugu cinema include the ones in 'Simhadri' (2003), 'Bangaram' (2006), and 'Shambho Shiva Shambho'.

Sonu Sood

Make way for Tollywood's latest sensation in villainy. The suave, sexy Sonu Sood! He is surely one mighty contender for the top spot in this 'infamous' line-up.

Debuting with the much-celebrated 'Super' in 2005, Sonu created waves with 'Ashok'.

In 2009, Sonu came back on screen in the role of a nasty, womanizing prince named Pashupati, who turns into a vengeful spirit; 'Arundhati' became a colossal hit and Sonu won the Telugu Filmfare award for his performance.

Sayaji Shinde

Known for his cacophonic dialogue delivery, Sayaji Shinde has had his share of good luck in both Kollywood and Tollywood.

His hits from Tamil include 'Dhool' (2003), 'Azhagiya Tamizh Magan' (2007), 'Thoranai' (2009) and 'Aadhavan' (2009). In Telugu, Sayaji featured prominently in 'Tagore' (2003), 'Veerabhadra' (2006), and the recent hit 'Arya 2'.

His on-screen histrionics and ability to adapt to new roles have also made him one of the top character artistes in Tollywood.

Raghuvaran

Noted for his one-of-a-kind voice, on-screen presence and flowing charisma, the Late Raghuvaran showed us all that even good looking men can be menacing and villainous.

Raghuvaran acted in over a hundred Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada films. His popularity was attributed to a special style of dialogue delivery and a unique vocabulary of expressions.

His most popular roles of the decade include the ones in 'Bheema', 'Sivapathigaram' and 'Alaudin'. In Telugu, he played memorable baddies in 'Mass', 'Bobby', and 'Aazad'.

Suman

It was the Rajnikanth starrer, 'Sivaji: The Boss' (2007) that marked Suman's comeback to Tamil films... and a bang it was!

Viewers and critics appreciated Suman for his portrayal of the negative character, Adiseshan, which aided the success of the film considerably. The film was a hit in Telugu and Kannada as well.

Suman also acted in Vijay's 'Kuruvi'. He then played the baddie in the Malayalam period film, 'Pazhassi Raja', starring Mammootty.

Sai Kumar

An actor instrumental in aiding a host of super stars find their pitch, Sai Kumar is quite a watch when he plays the villain on screen.

Though the Kannada film enthusiast would have seen him more as a hero, Tamil and Telugu audiences are accustomed to Sai, the Baddie.

His recent films in Tamil, as a villain, are 'Thirunamgalam' and 'Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam'. 'Aadi' and 'Samanyudu' were his notable Telugu releases of the decade.

Simbu

Simbu played the villain in 'Manmadhan' (2004); his performance as a psychotic womanizer won him the Tamil Nadu State Award for the Best Villain. The film ran well in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as well.

His next venture, 'Vallavan', was released in 2006; though his character had negative shades to it, the film didn't do well at the B.O.

Ajith

Every actor would love to do an anti-hero role at least once in their career. From Rajnikanth to Silambarasan, there are no exceptions to this craving. Mankatha is Ajith's 50th film and the actor unleashed his charm doing a baddie in Vaali repeats the act. Director Venkat Prabhu, known for doing light-hearted films, takes up an action-packed thriller in the company of the mass hero. If cricket was the basic crux of Venkat Prabhu's Chennai 600028 (his debut film as a director), Mankatha is also based on the willow game, albeit with a difference. The spotlight here is not on the field but on betting, money and the men behind it.

The actor who failed to cheer his fans in his previous flick Aasal, has managed to satisfy the appetite of his fans in Mankatha. Ajith slips into the role of the baddie whom we love to hate with elan, hogging the limelight with his charismatic screen presence. While the first half is more an extension of the director's earlier films like Chennai 600028 and Saroja, the later half is dead serious, action-packed and racy. Vinayak Mahadevan (Ajith) is a suspended cop in Maharashtra police. He falls in love with Sanjana (Trisha), daughter of an influential local goon Arumuga Chettiyar (Jayaprakash). Vinayak is a man behind money. He has least respect for values in life, wants to become the richest. A suicide by a police officer investigating the betting mafia involved in Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket hogs headlines. Assistant Commissioner of Police Prithvi (Arjun) takes charge to free the sport from betting. Meanwhile, Arumuga Chettiyar, who comes to know that Rs 500 crore betting money for the finals of the IPL is coming to Mumbai, uses his underworld links to route it through his recreation centre.

Sumanth (Vaibhav) is Arumuga Chettiyar's protege. He hatches a conspiracy to take away the money in the company of his friends - a police officer Ganesh (Ashwin), Mahanth (Mahanth), who runs a bar, and Prem (Premgi Amaran), an IIT graduate. When he comes to know of their plans, Vinayak steps in. He promises to help the team members and divide the wealth between them. They even succeed in taking away the money and decide to wait for an appropriate time to share the fortune. In the meantime, a shocked Arumuga Chettiyar begins his hunt for the treasure though every move of him is being closely followed by Prithvi. The attention then shifts to Vinayak and the battlelines are redrawn - it is nowVinayak vs Prithvi.

After a long gap, Ajith sheds the stereotype tag. Arjun plays the Action King role to perfection. Trisha, Andrea, Anjali and Lakshmi Rai play minuscule roles. Vaibhav and Jayaprakash leave their mark on screen. Yuvan Shankar Raja's music is passable with a couple of racy tunes. Sakthi Saravanan's cinematography is a major strength. Venkat Prabhu seems to have played to Ajith's strength in Mankatha. The actor's mass appeal has given the director the liberty to add more of action and punch lines. On the flip side, the first half is too lengthy and long sequences mar the flow. All said, Ajith fans will love this film.

Sudeep

Sudeep is an actor, director, producer and singer, who hails from Shimoga, Karnataka. He stars primarily in Kannada films and is well-known in Sandalwood, Tollywood and Bollywood.

The buzz is that 'Naan Ee' villain Sudeep is going to fight with Vijay in 'Yohan Adhyayam Ondru'.

Vidyut Jamwal

You may not recognize his name, but if you have been watching the promos for the action packed Force then we are sure you have taken notice of him. We are talking about the villain of the piece who is played by a newcomer Vidyut Jamwal. An expert in martial arts, he says he has been training for this role since he was about three. We got the exclusive chance to chat with Vidyut and had a great time talking about the film, working with John Abraham and his absolute favorite thing - action. May we introduce Vidyut Jamwal.