Why Bollywood Villains struggle in Kollywood?

South Indian cinemas have reserved a place for Villians in most of the genres as the role of the reel antagonists would be as strong as, as equal as, and as heroic as the actor of the movie who plays in a lead role as the protagonist. If we put the lens on the Tamil Cinema, in particular, most of the movies would be scripted with an important role for the villans as they inevitably play a part in fulfilling the movie and the story and this was the certain reason why the Tamil directors are hunting for a villain beyond the borders and across South India. 

In recent times, the Tamil cinema had imported villains from Bollywood, the Hindi movie industry to play the opposite role against the top actors of the Kollywood and most of their presence and their role in Tamil movies had either become unspeakable or had missed the spotlight and some of the movies had presented these villains with the package of less importance and less recognition. The latest release of 'Darbar' starring superstar Rajinikanth had encountered a similar kind of setback with offering no strong role for the latest Hindi imported villain.

(L-R) Sunil Shetty and Rajinikanth during the press meet of Darbar - File photo


While, on one hand, the superstar fans around the world celebrate their hero's 'Darbar', on the other hand, it has come through the criticism of having the villain of less importance. Are the top villains of Bollywood backtracking in Kollywood? We can't completely deny it. Bollywood's Sunil Shetty, who carries about 25 years of experience, played an antagonist role in Darbar as Hari Chopra but unfortunately, his role failed to deliver justice for the story and his villain-ism was ended up with his voice. He has been active since the 1990s in Hindi cinemas but that ain't reflected in Rajini's 'Darbar'.

              Nawazuddin Siddiqui in 'Petta' - File photo


Similarly, in Rajini's previous movie of 'Petta', Hindi's Nawazuddin Siddiqui was imported for the role which was not as important as Siddiqui. Through playing the roles of an antagonist, Siddiqui had earned more audiences and some of the movies like 'Black Friday', 'Gangs of Wasseypur', 'Raman Raghav 2.0', and 'Sacred Games' hold the testament of his acting but 'Petta' had much different story for him and Rajini's 'Kaala' movie had an akin criticism for not using the villain as equal to Superstar.

         (L-R) Jackie Shroff and Vijay - File photo


In line with Rajinikanth, Thalapathy Vijay's movie of 'Bigil' has done its part, that most claim as the unrecognizable role for Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff. When the announcement was aired that Shroff would be joining with Vijay, the fans were excited to witness the duo on the screens but unfortunate has its spot, unfortunately as his role was neither a strong one nor fulfilled the expectations and excitements of the fans. Along with Vijay, Thala Ajith's movie of 'Vivegam' had resembled the similar kind of grounds for Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi as for those who watched Vivegam, you could have been more skeptical about his acting. 

    Vivek Oberoi in Ajith starring Vivegam - File photo


If we rewind the movies, it can be understood that most of the Bollywood artists were either trapped or struggled in Tamil movies. Some of the examples are Abhay Deol in 'Hero' and Manoj Bajpai in 'Anjaan' and we can quote Rajini's starred '2.0' as the example for the good outcome as Bollywood's Akshay Kumar had acted as Villain as 2.0 had projected him as a hero in the movie which was credited to the strong role he played. By keeping the critics apart, if we hunt for the major reasons why Bollywood starts have been imported to Tamil cinema, it might of because of the standard, stable and satisfying pay and to be a part of the big projects of the Tamil cinema industry. The more strong the villain is, the more strong and powerful the hero would be.