A hero and a heroine are essential elements in a Bollywood film, but it would be incomplete without a villain’s presence. These were the characters responsible for not only creating havoc in the protagonists’ lives but also being a catalyst for the film’s happy ending. Bollywood has seen some of the most iconic characters when it comes to villains, and people were moved by their performances to such an extent that they started believing the actors to have negative traits in their real lives as well. However, these men completely differed from what they were portrayed in real life. Well then, look at these famous Bollywood villains and their real lives!
#1. Danny Denzongpa’s wife, Gawa Denzongpa
Who would ever forget the iconic role of ‘Kaancha Cheena’ in Amitabh Bachchan starrer, Agneepath? He made quite a stir among the audience by portraying such a difficult negative character. Moreover, his finesse for such characters also led him to become a popular villain in many films. Nevertheless, in his personal life, Danny is married to Gawa Denzongpa, who belongs to a royal family in Sikkim. The duo is parents to their son, Rinzing and their daughter, Pema.
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#2. Kabir Bedi’s wife, Parveen Dusanj
One of the most handsome villains of his generation, Kabir Bedi, was a female favourite actor despite portraying villainous roles on the silver screen. Even today, his negative roles in films like Yalgaar and Kohraam are remembered as some of the most glorious performances. Moreover, he made the nation proud by making his Hollywood debut in the James Bond film, Octopussy. Speaking about his personal life, the actor has been married thrice. His first and second marriages were with Protima Bedi and Nikki Bedi, respectively, which ended in painful divorces. It was later in 2016 when Kabir got married to his close friend turned third wife, Parveen Dusanj.
#3. Prakash Raj’s wife, Pony Verma
Making his name as a pan-Indian villain, Prakash Raj has portrayed some of the most hate-worthy villains in films like Wanted, Singham, Heropanti, Dabanng 2 and others. His iconic smirk as a villain became one of the most trademark aspects of his acting. However, Prakash is an altogether different man in his personal life. Prakash married his first wife, Lalitha Kumari, in 1994, and the duo divorced in 2004. Years later, at 54, the actor tied the knot with his girlfriend, Pony Verma, in 2010.
#4. Amjad Khan’s wife, Shehla Khan
With his portrayal of ‘Gabbar Singh’ in the greatest mega-hit film, Sholay, late Amjad Khan has preserved his name in the golden history of filmography. Amjad, one of the most successful actors of his generation, paved his way to the top of the ladder with some of the most out-of-the-box villainous characters to his name. On the other hand, in his personal life, Amjad led a perfectly happy family with his wife, Shehla Khan. The couple had two sons, Shadaab and Seemab, and a daughter, Ahlam Khan.
#5. Amrish Puri’s wife, Urmila Divekar
The ‘Mogambo’ of Bollywood, Amrish Puri, needs no introduction. He can be safely credited with portraying some of the most ruthless, cunning and dangerous characters, which brought disaster to the protagonist’s life. Films like Mr. India, Karan Arjun, Zubeda, and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge are some of his most special performances on celluloid. In his personal life, he lived a simple and low-key life with his wife, Urmila Divekar, whom he married in 1957. The couple has two children, a son, Rajiv and a daughter, Namrata.
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#6. Prem Chopra’s wife, Uma Chopra
‘Prem Chopra hai naam mera’: This one-line dialogue is enough to remind us of the witty villain portrayed by Prem Chopra in films like Teesri Manzil, Upkar, Kati Patang, and Phool Bane Angarey, among others. His signature looks in a tilted cap, and a cigar were enough to scare the audience with his negative character portrayal. But in real life, Prem is an extremely humble person. He is married to his wife, Uma Chopra, and the duo is parents to their daughters, Prerana, Rakita and Punita Chopra.
#7. Ranjeet Bedi’s wife, Nazneen
Ranjeet Bedi gained a lot of success with his strong villainous characters in countless films. However, people hated his characters so much that his audience began to refer to him infamously as Ranjit-The Rapist. But when it comes to his personal life, the actor is different from his on-screen roles. He is married to his wife and former theatre actress, Nazneen, who is the niece of veteran actress, Mumtaz.
#8. Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s wife, Sunanda Karmarkar
One of the most sought-after actors popularly renowned for his villainous character, Sadashiv Amrapurkar needs no introduction for his talents. Some of his memorable works include Ardha Satya, Hukumat, Mohre, and Khatron Ke Khiladi. Coming to his personal life, the actor got married to Sunanda Karmarkar in 1973. Sadly, their marital union came to a tragic end post-Sadashiv’s death in 2014.
#9. Mukesh Rishi’s wife, Keshni Rishi
Proving the fact that a tall, dark, muscular and handsome actor can be a villain as well has been no other than Mukesh Rishi. His bulky figure became the best choice for performing villainous roles in films like Gunda, Garv, Koi…Mil Gaya, among others. In his personal life, this chivalrous persona found love in the arms of his Fiji-based Indian wife, Keshni Rishi. The duo is parents to two children.
#10. Pran Krishnan Sikand’s wife, Shukla Sikand
Infamously known as the greatest villain in the history of Indian cinema, Pran needs no introduction. With his perfect mastery over villainous roles, he has portrayed one of the highest numbers of negative character roles ever. Interestingly, he was even awarded the Villain Of The Millennium by Stardust in 2000. Films like Zanjeer, Amar Akbar Anthony, Jagte Raho, and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai have showcased some of his outstanding performances. In his personal life, the actor led a happy life with his wife, Shukla Sikand, in 1945, who remained with him until he died in 2013. She later passed away in 2016. The couple has two sons, Arvind and Sunil, and a daughter, Pinky.
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