Revenge stories make excellent fodder for television and cinema. Some of the best films through the ages have been about the hero/heroine’s journey to seek revenge from their wrong-doers. While revenge movies like Sholay and Zanjeer have become classics, we are seeing a new crop of such movies emerging in the recent years which have succeeded in captivating the audience. Here is a list of ten such recent Bollywood films which tell revenge stories.
This 2015 film was directed by
Sriram Raghavan and starred
Radhika Apte, and
Vinay Pathak. The film was about a man’s journey of revenge after his wife and son are killed as collateral damage during a bank robbery by two men, Harman and Liak. Their death shatters Raghu, and he pledges not to rest until he can assure that the murderer of his family is given a proper punishment. Badlapur was a gritty, hard-hitting film that was applauded for its execution and performances.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s film, Haider, has been adapted from one of the best revenge stories in the history of literature, namely William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The film follows the journey of Haider who strives to seek revenge for his father’s death from his uncle and his mother. Haider’s physical and mental well-being comes into jeopardy through this endeavor. The film featured one of the best performances of Shahid Kapoor’s career and gained widespread appreciation from critics and audiences. The film also starred Tabu,
Kay Kay Menon,
Irrfan Khan, and
Kaabil was a 2017 film starring
Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam,
Narendra Jha, etc. Directed by
Sanjay Gupta, Kaabil told the story of a blind man who meets a blind girl, and they fall in love. After getting married, the girl, Supriya, is tortured and repeatedly raped by a local man who is the brother of an influential politician. Unable to bear the pain and humiliation, Supriya commits suicide. After that, Rohit, her husband, gets no help from the law, and so he takes it upon himself to bring the wrong-doers to justice. Kaabil was a critical and commercial success.
Maatr is a very recent film featuring
Madhur Mittal, etc. Released in April 2017, this is the film about the gang rape of a mother and her daughter. After that horrific ordeal, they are refused help by the police and the Indian legal system. Helpless and angry, the mother decides to seek revenge from the rapists and teach them a lesson for the heinous crime that they had committed. Set in Delhi, which has been long considered the rape capital of India, this film speaks about the sad plight of women in a ruthless world.
5. Table No. 21
Table No. 21 is a 2013 film starring
Paresh Rawal, and
Tena Desae. The film’s plot follows a couple, Vivaan and Siya, who win a holiday to the Fiji islands in a lucky draw. There, they meet Mr. Khan who invites them to participate in a live game involving personal questions and daring tasks. Mr. Khan later turns out to be the father of a guy named Akram who had become mentally challenged after being ragged in college at the hands of the couple. The game was a setup to seek revenge for the condition of Akram. The film depicts the horrific reality of ragging in colleges and its effects on an individual.
Madaari is the story of a man named Nirmal who kidnaps the son of the
Home Minister to seek revenge for his son’s death which occurred when a bridge had collapsed due to the negligence and corruption present in the Government officials. Madaari highlights social issues like corruption, gross negligence, and apathy that have gripped the country. Directed by
Nishikant Kamat and starring Irrfan Khan,
Nitesh Pandey, etc, Madaari was a well-executed saga of a heart-broken father who takes it upon himself to expose the reality of the State so that nobody else has to face what he did.
Mohit Suri’s film, Ek Villain, starred actors like Shraddha Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra,
Aamna Sharif, etc. The film was adapted from a South Korean film named I Saw The Devil. Ek Villain follows the story of Guru Divekar whose life is turned upside down after his beloved wife is killed at the hands of a ruthless serial killer, Rakesh Mahadkar, who kills women to control his frustration with his miserable life. Guru makes it his mission to track down his wife’s killer and avenge her death. Ek Villain was especially praised for the gripping performance of Riteish Deshmukh in the role of the serial killer.
Hrithik Roshan’s Agneepath is the remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Agneepath which released in 1990. The film is an epic journey of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan who is forced to witness the public killing of his father in his childhood at the hands of Kancha, a mafia king of the village. Vijay grows up and makes it his life’s ambition to kill Kancha and avenge his father’s wrongful death. He gradually makes his path towards his adversary clear and gives up his life to fulfill his revenge. The film also starred
Zarina Wahab, etc.
Shah Rukh Khan’s 2016 film, Fan, was a story of Gaurav Chandana, whose obsession with the superstar Aryan Khanna drives him towards crime and madness. After being shunned by Aryan, Gaurav develops a searing hatred towards his former idol and goes to desperate lengths to seek revenge from Aryan and to make Aryan acknowledge his importance and apologize for his rude conduct. Fan featured SRK in a double role, along with actors like
Sayani Gupta, Waluscha de Sousa,
Deepika Amin, etc. Fan was critically appreciated for SRK’s performance.
Hate Story 3
The third film of the Hate Story franchise, Hate Story 3 starred
Karan Singh Grover, and Zareen Khan. It is the story of revenge taken against AdityaDewan and his wife Siya, who had conspired to kill Aditya’s elder brother and Siya’s former fiancé, Vikram Diwan. After having survived the murder attempt, Vikram is grievously injured, and his friend, Karan, seeks revenge against the wrong-doers. Hate Story 3 received mixed reviews from critics and was able to earn moderate amount of money at the box-office. The film's director is