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‘Bad Man’ is an affectionate tag, says Gulshan Grover

Gulshan Grover talks about the moniker ‘Bad Man’; says Bollywood has no roles for villains today.

bollywood Updated: Sep 15, 2016 07:38 IST
Kaushani Banerjee
Gulshan Grover was recently seen in a web movie called BadMan, which will follow a fictional story of Gulshan Grover as himself.
Gulshan Grover was recently seen in a web movie called BadMan, which will follow a fictional story of Gulshan Grover as himself.(Yogen Shah)

In his three-decade-long career, Gulshan Grover has played numerous negative characters. These roles earned him the moniker ‘Bad Man’ in the industry. “I look at ‘Bad Man’ as an affectionate tag. It reminds me of my childhood, or what you may call my beginning in Bollywood,” says the actor. “That’s how I started my career, and that’s what earned me the popularity I enjoy today.”

Today, however, the 60-year-old feels such ‘negative’ roles no longer exist in Bollywood. “The line between a hero and a villain is blurring. Movies are becoming more realistic, and in real life, there are no clear-cut heroes or negative characters. There’s lesser scope to play a villain these days. Like every medium, movies, too, have evolved. What we have today are anti-heroes,” says Grover.

He believes he is among the “last breed of villains in Bollywood”. “The concept of a villain will soon cease to exist because actors don’t gain popularity by just playing villains anymore,” adds the senior actor, who has also acted in a large number of Hollywood movies, such as Desperate Endeavours (2011) and Prisoners Of The Sun (2013).

What many people don’t know is that his son, Sanjay Grover, works for a film studio in Los Angeles, USA. But Gulshan would like his son to work in Bollywood. “He is doing well there. But I have plans for him to come back to India, and work on something here,” he says.