While a protagonist is necessary for every film or television programme, it is the villain who gives any major character a sense of heroism and makes the narrative of that character worthwhile. Additionally, since these villains are on the exact opposite side from our “heroes,” we rarely have any sympathy for them. But other programmes have changed what it really means to be a “hero” or a “villain.”They light up the screens with their deeply entrenched personalities, from their heartbreaking back stories to their cunning master schemes. Look at a few examples:
Anil Kapoor in the Night Manager
Aditya Roy Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Sobhita Dhulipala play the main characters in Sandeep Modi’s drama The Night Manager. The story of a former lieutenant named Shantanu Sengupta, who is hired by an intelligence officer to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms dealer named Shailendra Rungta, is the central theme of the plot. Anil Kapoor plays a villain throughout the entire series, but he also shows the character’s other side, where he is always willing to go above and beyond for his family and friends.
Sushmita Sen in Aarya
There’s no doubt that in both of Aarya’s seasons, she plays both the hero and the anti-hero with exquisite skill. She portrays a powerful mother who will go to any length to ensure the security of her children. She is forced to take matters into her own hands and battle the enemies; nonetheless, one cannot despise her for what she is doing because, after all, family is what she is defending. Aarya finds herself in a challenging situation where she must take whatever action is necessary to protect her children and get out of the web even as she is being compelled to return to India where she would have to face her family and adversaries.
Raashii Khanna in Rudra: The Edge of Darkness
Brilliant supercop Rudraveer Singh travels through the labyrinth of psychopaths’ brains in the crime-ridden alleys of Bombay, protecting against their darkness. Aliyah, a sociopath who is mercurial and smiling, is portrayed by Raashi Khanna. After she falls in love with Rudra and becomes obsessed with him, the two unexpectedly become friends as she aids him in solving cases and reveals her other side. Raashi clearly pulls out the unexpected in the character, surprising the audience in the process.
Shefali Shah in Human
Saving lives of the patients is put on the back burner in the race to develop the next cash-generating medicine, and people lose their humanity. Shefali Shah portrays Dr. Gauri Nath in Human, who is driven to develop a vaccine for the benefit of humanity, even if it means doing so at the expense of human lives. The audience is left debating whether to root for her in her attempt to develop drugs that can save the human race or against her for the method she uses to get there.