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10 movies starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor where villains had the last laugh

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Here are 10 movies in Bollywood where it is the villain whose victory finally prevails over the movie, even if some of them are dead before the movie ends.

For Bollywood movies, it’s always the good guys win over the bad guys. There is nothing wrong in the formula per se, since good guys stand for happiness, and bad guys for depression, and therefore we do want the good to triumph over the bad. Sure the formula has changed over the years, and we don’t have proper villains like Mogambo, Shakaal, Gabbar Singh, Bhairav Singh anymore. Instead these days the movie protagonists mostly grapple with their dark selves, and even there they end up winning over their bad side.

However sometimes there are movies where it’s not the hero, but the villain who has the final victory. In Hollywood movies, such occurrences are fairly regular like Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, Skyfall, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, where either the villains or their principles have prevailed. In Bollywood too such movies are not an irregular occurrence per se, with some of them even starring the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn, Aamir Khan et al.

Here are 10 movies in Bollywood where it is the villain whose victory finally prevails over the movie, even if some of them are dead before the movie ends.


Of course, you remember that brilliant twist in the end of Farhan Akhtar’s third directorial that changes things completely from the original version starring Amitabh Bachchan. In the climax, we learn that the evil Don is still alive and he has killed his bumbling lookalike and took on his garb, thus fooling the police and Priyanka Chopra’s character, who had even fallen in love with him.

Gangs of Wasseypur I

The first movie of Anurag Kashyap’s sprawling gangster saga was centred around the gang war politics between the supposedly heroic Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee) and his nemesis Randhir Singh (Tigmanshu Dhulia). After a lot of bloodshed, moments of one upmanship and double crosses, Ramdhir gets Sardar Khan, the protagonist of the first movie, killed in a shootout a la Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. Thankfully, his son (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) takes revenge for the deaths of his kin in the sequel.

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

The final scene of Milan Luthria’s period gangster movie has Ajay Devgn’s flamboyant but samaritan don get killed by his traitorous protege, played by Emraan Hashmi in a game of power play.


Urmila Matondkar played a hapless and scared victim to be in the terrific RGV movie for most of the runtime, fearing an escaped serial killer and suspecting him to be the two men who are in her house. It’s only towards the end that we realise that she is the serial killer and the house is not even hers. Too bad, her victims (Manoj Bajpayee and Sushant Singh) were too late to catch upon this before they got killed brutally.

No Smoking

In this weird and way too ahead of its time Anurag Kashyap cult movie, John Abraham plays a smoke addict who joins a seedy non-addiction centre to get rid of his love for the cancer stick. However, little did he know that they have some bizarre ways to make the person get rid of his addiction, and that includes torture, dismemberment, and even murder. In the end, we don’t know how much of it is true and how much is his imagination, but he has surely got rid of his addiction, and is now in cahoots with the organisation.


In this tame but quite engaging and underrated remake of Korean movie Oldboy, Sanjay Dutt finally meets the man who was the reason behind his torturous solitary confinement for more than a decade, played by John Abraham. However, instead of bracing ourselves for a hero vs villain fight, the screenplay makes a u-turn and gives the villain a somewhat reasonable excuse to take revenge on the hero. After mentally torturing the hero for one final time (by making him believe that he has sold his daughter into human trafficking), he commits suicide, only for the hero to realise that his daughter is sound and safe, and it was the villain’s act of mercy for him.


Langda Tyagi, played memorably by Saif Ali Khan, only wanted one thing in this Hindi adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello – he wanted to destroy Omkara (Ajay Devgn), both professionally and personally, for not choosing Tyagi as his successor. Even though he lost his life in the process, Langda Tyagi actually succeeds in his mission – he banishes the successor he had appointed, he doubts his faithful, loving wife and in a moment of jealousy, even kills her. And when he learned his reason for jealousies were false, he commits suicide. So yeah, Tyagi won even though he doesn’t remain alive to savour the fruits of his victory.

Rang De Basanti

In Rang De Basanti, the Defence Minister was not the only villain – the corruption in the system was. And it is this corruption that allows someone from the ministry to order the armed forces to kill the protagonists who had confessed their crimes and were ready to surrender themselves. Though it was shown that their deaths caused an uprising among the youth, we all know very well that it will be forgotten in a day or two, and DJ and his gang will be labelled as terrorists by the corrupt government.

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron

In the climax of this brilliant satire by Kundan Shah (after that hilarious Mahabharata scene), Vinod Chopra (Naseeruddin Shah) and Sudhir Mishra (Ravi Baswani) manage to tell police how the villains (led by Pankaj Kapur and co) have killed the Municipal Commissioner D’Mello (Satish Shah), and they have the body as proof. But what they didn’t know is the level of corruption they are facing, so in the end, the murder gets pinned on them. So yeah, corruption wins always…


Sriram Raghavan’s superb revenge drama totally changes the good vs bad fight on its face, and showed that it’s our moral decisions that make us good and evil that can change anytime. The movie starts off with Nawaz being the villain who kills a woman and her child during a robbery escape, while Varun Dhawan played the victim’s grieving husband. He travels down the path of vendetta too far ahead, that he finds himself to be no different from the man who killed his family. In the end, he even gets a second chance at life thanks to the same man, who takes responsibility for all the crimes he has committed during his vendetta saga.

asked Apr 29 by Legend Khan The Movie Conqueror (732,785 points)

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Kaun sa movie me HOMICIDE KO MAR DIA THA,,
answered Apr 29 by Ranadeb Movie Expert (38,783 points)
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All are good to excellent movies.
answered Apr 29 by Baadshah Master of Movies (233,963 points)