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VILLAIN EXTRAORDINARY:Sanjay Dutt will don an entirely new menacing look in his new release Agneepath.
VILLAIN EXTRAORDINARY:Sanjay Dutt will don an entirely new menacing look in his new release Agneepath.

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, who is all set to revive the quintessential Hindi cinema villain with his menacing look as Kancha in Agneepath , says villains are always portrayed as powerful in Hollywood films.

Dutt's role in the remake of Agneepath , which was played by the suave Danny Denzongpa in the original revenge drama 22 years ago, has been completely revamped with the 52-year-old actor sporting a bald and threatening look.

Directed by Karan Johar's former assistant Karan Malhotra, Agneepath is the remake of the 1990 super hit film made by Karan Johar's father Yash Johar, immortalised by Amitabh Bachchan's baritone delivery of raw dialogue and punch lines as Vijay Dinanath Chauhan.

“Villains in Hollywood are always scary and powerful, unlike in Hindi films where the bad guys are often thrashed mercilessly by the hero,” says Sanjay Dutt, adding, “If you see super hero films like Spiderman , Batman , Ironman or any other Hollywood film, the character of the villain is very khaufnaak [scary] and too powerful.”

“In Hollywood movies, the villain takes the case of the hero till the end when something happens. It is nice that Karan Johar and Karan Malhotra thought the villain is larger-than-life and that no one can stand up against him,” Dutt said in an interview.

In the remake version, Kancha, with his wicked smile, bulky physique and puffed-up eyes, stands out in total contrast to the hero Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, played by Hrithik Roshan.

So will Kancha overshadow the hero? “To say that Kancha will overshadow Vijay or vice-versa is childish. But I can say one thing for sure: aisa villain kabhi aaya nahi hai Indian screen pe [such a villain has not appeared on the Indian screen till date].” — PTI


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