Conniving, Cruel and Crafty: Our Favourite Female Villains

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Tabu in 'Andhadhun' (2018, Netflix)

From pouring poison into Akash’s coffee (right in front of him) to blinding him for real, Simi emerges as one of the best villains Hindi cinema has seen in recent times.

 Simi Garewal in 'Karz' (1980, Zee5)

Kamini in 'Karz' runs the car over her husband again and again, turning the blood-red heart-shaped “Just Married” sign on their jeep a terrible omen of brutality. Garewal won a Filmfare award for her performance in the film.

Supriya Pathak in 'Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela' (2013, Voot)

Supriya Pathak plays Dhankor with perfectly calibrated intensity, always brimming with the extremity of both fierce love and cruel anger. This is not a woman you anger and gods help anyone who dares defy her.

Shabana Azmi in 'Makdee' (2002, YouTube)

There doesn’t exist a single Nineties child who wasn’t scarred by Shabana Azmi’s role in Makdee. The film designs the Makdee with an almost clinical hand, devoid of violence or obvious torture – the terror lies in the unknown.

Konkona Sensharma in 'Ek Thi Daayan' (2013, Amazon Prime Video)

Sensharma plays the vamp-cum-stepmother-cum-witch role with aplomb, adding a sheen of eeriness to her usually-sweet, plump-lipped smile. Both she and the film capitalise on the idea of a child being an unreliable narrator, adding a layer of trepidation to the horrors unfolding on screen.