Tahir Raj Bhasin: Shah Rukh Khan and Irrfan Khan gave creditability to modern villain

When Bollywood is packed with innumerable new comers mostly from Bollywood background it is freshening to find actors making it big without a so-called Godfather in Bollywood. One among them is the highly talented Tahir Raj Bhasin, who mesmerized the audience with his awesome villainy in Yash Raj Film’s MARDAANI opposite the versatile actress Rani Mukherjee.

Tahir who is recently busy doing another negative role in Sonakshi Sinha and John Abraham starrer FORCE 2, which is a sequel to the popular 2011 Vipul Shah film FORCE says he has not worried about being typecast as villain. 

He says, “Gone are the days when negative characters were looked down upon. Today there is a hoard among top actors to play villains. Just check Aamir Khan playing a negative role in DHOOM 3.”

He adds, “I think the credits for giving creditability to negative role goes to Shah Rukh Khan (DARR) and Irrfan Khan ( HAASIL) who dared to play the antagonist and stole thunder from the hero.” 

The young and handsome Tahir, who played the grey character in MARDAANI without being loud or looking scary, believes that yesteryear villains like Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY or Mogambo in MR.INDIA are obsolete. 

Supporting his argument he says, “In the old days usually the villains were dacoits and smugglers hence actors had to look terrifying and had to exaggerate to create an impact. However the villains in today’s cinema are being drawn from the real life like my character in MARDAANI.”

He informs, “Adi Chopra was clear that I had to look boy-next-door, play a normal guy who runs a trafficking business. It was truly an unconventional idea and a risk but Adi was confident and it worked. ”