Raja as the slimy politician and Pandia Rajan as the
wily, cowardly kidnapper. Ratnam knew exactly what he
was doing when he cast Bharathi Raja – having
known the director for years, Mani realized that if
Bharathi Raja simply played himself, he would be a very
interesting character on screen. Which he was –
brilliantly so. For evidence, you need only to look
at how uninteresting Om Puri is in the same role in
the Hindi remake, Yuva. Mysskin took a small time yester-year
hero and comedian, Pandia Rajan, and had him play a
low-life, petty, morose crook in a very subtle, understated
performance. Again, it works so effectively.
other Ajith from Vaali - the psychotic brother who lusts
after his sister in law, Simran- was also an unlikely
villain. Here Ajith played a truly deranged character,
not a double who turns into a nice guy in the end.
The actress who plays Swarna Akka from Dhool is a truly
terrifying villain. (By the way, if you know the name
of this actress, please email me). She feels more evil
and ruthless than the hundreds of male villains we’ve
ever seen. In Pazhani, Aishwarya makes a sexy, ruthless
villain who’ll stoop really low to get what she
wants. Her husky, cigarette-tinged voice is provocative
we need to make a difference between the above baddies
and the several villies through Kollywood history. These
villies are an old staple: attractive young women who
avenge themselves because the hero rejected them for
the heroine. They have a strong personal motive –revenge
–arising from their thwarted desires. The best
example of this is, of course, Neelambari in Paddaiyappa,
played to near-perfection by Ramya Krishnan. So sensational
and forceful was she, that Neelambari was reprised in
Baba. It must be the first time in Kollywood history
that a character from one film appears in a cameo role
in another entirely unrelated film. Tamanna in Kedi
is also a nice instance of this kind of scorned villy.
Divya in Thoondil, and the hottest of them: Sangeetha
villains that we first mentioned, Swara Akka and Aishwarya,
don’t have personal motives. They are driven by
greed, power and ego. Which is why they qualify as hardcore
villains, and not as villies!
saved the best villie for the last. A brilliant piece
of casting against type: Jyothika in Pachaikili Muthucharam.
Gautham Menon really had us fooled for most of the movie.
Who could possibly imagine her as a villain? No personal
motive –just money and power. Again, villain not
like to end with noting that there have been reverse
reversals! Rajini and Sathyaraj, for instance, being
typecast as villains and then breaking the mould by
K. Balachander, who always got actors to play against
type, has the last word here: casting Sivakumar, longtime
hero, as villain and Rajini, longtime villain, as hero
in Bhuvana Oru Kaelvikurri.