TV serials become popular due to the plot and actors. Often the characters in a show become so iconic that their fame reaches beyond the show. These characters stay in our minds for a long time. This can be said for the villains or vamps of Indian television. Unrealistic plots, evil intentions, and unique quirks define these negative characters on TV.
Here is a list of ten iconic negative characters in Hindi TV shows who became very popular for their antics.
1. Komolika in
Kasautii Zindagii Kay
Komolika was one of the most popular characters of this
serial about two lovers who are forced apart by circumstances beyond their control. The character was played by actress
. It was her most successful role till date. Komolika’s style, her elaborate bindis, the way of dressing up, and her background theme song, became a rage with the viewers. The character has great recall factor and is still considered one of the most iconic vamps on Indian television.
2. Ammaji in "
Na Aana Is Des Laado
This Colors TV serial was based on the evils of female infanticide and gender discrimination in rural India. Its main antagonist was Ammaji, a strict matriarch who follows the age-old tradition of treating girls like unwanted beings. The character was played by
. Though Ammaji’s character went through several phases throughout the length of the show, she is best known for her fiery temper and aggressive personality.
3. Tanveer in
Tanveer, played by , was a character made to give nightmares to the lead characters. The main leads were played by
Karan Singh Grover
(Zoya). Tanveer was introduced in the show as the lead character Asad’s childhood friend. She went on to become the most dangerous character in the show. There was nothing that Tanveer could not do. Lying, kidnapping, murder, and sinister plots against Zoya were only a few things in her list of evil deeds.
4. Sajjan Singh in "
Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya
This show on Star Plus was about an independent woman who never failed to stand up for the right cause. Sajjan Singh was Pratigya’s father-in-law. The character was played by
. Sajjan Singh was a don who did not think twice before abusing his wife, imposing his rules on his family, torturing his daughter-in-laws, and plotting against his family. The only redeeming quality about him was his love for his children. Anupam Shyam was flooded with appreciation and awards for his brilliant portrayal of this character.
5. Ansh Gujral in “”
Ansh was the son of Tulsi and Mihir, the lead characters of this iconic TV serial. However, he was the epitome of evil. Played by
, Ansh’s character did everything in his power to torment the Virani family. The character was famously killed by his mother, Tulsi after she could no longer bear his evil deeds. This was Akashdeep Saigal’s first major role, and he did a great job in depicting the evilness of Ansh.
6. Viraj Dobriyal in "Dil Se Di Dua… Saubhagyavati Bhava?"
This Life OK serial was about the plight of a woman who is married to an abusive man. The role of the abusive husband, Viraj Dobriyal, was played by
. Viraj was a psychotic and mentally ill person who tortured Jhanvi, his wife, on small issues. She even loses her child because of this. Finally, Viraj ends up killing Jhanvi in his mad quest of possessing her. Karanvir Bohra’s performance made the serial extremely successful.
Loha Singh, played by
, was a Don and trader of girls in this show. His character was a rude, arrogant, and immoral man who was involved in girl trafficking. His patriarchal nature led him to torture women and treat them like slaves or objects of pleasure. He even bought a poor girl so that she could give his family a mail heir. Sudesh Berry’s performance as Loha Singh was well-appreciated and awarded.
8. Tapasya in ‘
Uttaran was the story of the daughter of a maid-servant whose unlikely friendship with the daughter of her mother’s employers, Tapasya, leads to many troubles in her life. The role of Tapasya was played by
. Tapasya was an extremely headstrong character whose stubbornness led her to sabotage the happiness of her friend’s life time and again. Tapasya’s character had an interesting graph throughout the show. However, she is best remembered for her evil deeds to spoil the happiness of the protagonist, Ichcha.
9. Shaurya Goenka in
Ek Hasina Thi
Shaurya Goenka was the chief antagonist in the crime thriller series Ek Hasina Thi. He was the son of a rich businessman in Kolkata who considered women his playthings. He was involved in the gang rape of a girl who happens to be the sister of the lead character, Durga. The serial follows the journey of Durga’s revenge against the wrong-doers. The character of Shaurya was played by
, and he became even more popular due to this show.
10. Savita Deshmukh in
Pavitra Rishta was based on the love story between Manav and Archana, played by
Sushant Singh Rajput
. Savita Deshmukh was Manav’s mother and Archana’s mother-in-law. The role was played by veteran actress
. Savita Taai’s mannerisms and dialogue delivery were very entertaining. She proved a typical TV serial vamp, plotting against her daughter-in-law and doing all she can to keep the couple away from each other.