As every ending, must be a happy ending hero defeats the villain in the end and wins the movie and audience’s heart, but always in a part of the movie the hero faces a ruthless challenge with one henchman hired by a villain. In Bollywood, there were many protagonists’ actors who portrayed the role of a henchman, but they were considered like unsung characters who were only being hated coz of their onscreen persona. They acted with their best talent and quality.
Let’s look at the 8 best Bollywood Henchmen whose contribution were flawless.
1) BOB CHRISTO
“Hum Jahan Kaade hote hain, line wahi se shuru hoti hay”(From where I stand the line beginnings from there). Bob is well known for his multiple roles he played as a henchman in a Bollywood movie. Real name was Robert John Christo born in Australia. His first debut was with Sanjay Khans movie “Abdullah”. Bob is always known for his signature fight step, wherein he grunts bulging his biceps before fighting with Hero. Bob died in 2011 at his Bangalore farmhouse. His role as a henchman in many Bollywood will be always remembered.
2) GAVIN PACKARD
Born in Mumbai and he began his career as a henchman for the 1989 movie “Illaka”. Known for his strong naturally built physique this white guy was a trainer to the Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Gavin is known for his role of SAMBO, his favourite stuntman and actor was Akshay Kumar. Gavin was very strict in terms of workouts. He died under a very poor condition in Vasai hospital in 2012 because of respiratory disorder.
3) MAHESH ANAND
Mahesh debut movie was Sanam Teri Kasam where he was a dancer in one of the songs. He has performed in my events thumping lovely break dance steps. He is known for his stylish haircut, which keeps long straight hair at the back and trimmed in the front. Mahesh Anand has not only portrayed the role of a henchman, but he has also played the role of a Mafia don son in many movies.
4) YUSUF KHAN
Known as ZEBISCO matching his personality, Yusuf Khan portrayed the role of a henchman in many movies back in 70s and 80s. His all onscreen names were fascinating. Be it JOHN RAGADA from “Bombay to Goa”, ZEBISCO from “Amar Akbar Anthony “or be it ROXIE from “Karz”. Yusuf Khan solid physique and playing ruthless characters in movies have made him the 4th best henchman in Bollywood movies who is not remembered at all today.
5) MANIK IRANI
Hardly delivered any dialogues in the movies. BILLA, BADSHAH, FRANCIS, JAAGAVAR, BATLI DADA was the characters of the henchman Manik Irani portrayed. His comic Kungfu steps which are being useless in front of a hero who just knocks him out with one slap and a kick. Manik Irani performed his own stunts and was known for his dangerous looks. His big eyebrows and beard was enough to scare the kids and the audience in the cinema hall. Manik Irani died because of an excessive intake of alcohol. He has never been heard nor being remembered anytime.
He is known to be a father of henchman’s in Bollywood. Even legendary actors of 60s & 70’s use to feel proud that they are facing this strong henchman, which can bend the iron rods vigorously. M. D. Shetty known as Shetty was the most powerful henchman in Bollywood. Got his first break as a flight instructor in the 50s and thereafter played a role of a henchman is many movies. His best was the role of Martin in Nasir Hussain’s movie “Yaadon ki Baarat”.
7) SHIVA RINDANI
Captain Zatack who is always ready for an attack , a corrupt commando in a 1991 released Amitabh Bachchan blockbuster movie “HUM”. Rindani has not only played just a role of a plain henchman, but he always added some humour in his acting. He is known as a funny henchman. We can call it a coincidence but in lot many movies his character name was also Shiva. Shiva Rindani is still very existing in the industry and is also a well know producer. So “Sharad Kaana sabse Shyana”