Posted Fri, September 16, 2011 6:40pm IST

It is no longer bad to be evil in B-town. The quintessential Bollywood villain who had almost disappeared from the big screen has made is making a big comeback and all the top stars are scurrying to grab it

Once upon a time in Bollywood, being bad was a big no. The bad man of the 60s and the 70s played by the likes of Jeevan, Ajit and Pran and in the 80s by Prem Chopra, Amjad Khan, Danny Denzongpa and Amrish Puri just disappeared in the 2000s. And these were exclusive villains, no big stars dared to step into their zone for the fear of hampering their hero-image. Gabbar, Dr Dang, Shakaal and Mogambo became obsolete. It continued till Shahrukh Khan made an impressive entry with into this category in the 90s by doing back-to-back negative roles in films like Baazigar, Darr and Anjaam as a psyched lover. Then came an era when the out-and-out dark character of the villain developed grey shades instead as realism began to replace over-the-top heroism. And just when we thought that we will never get to see him again, the villain made a big comeback. The twist is that the reluctant Bollywood hero is now dying to look bad onscreen.