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.
Wishes for Best Actor award for Film BADMAN have not stopped, Thank you, thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Jpk32ePU2l— Gulshan Grover (@GulshanGroverGG) September 4, 2016
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).
On sets of my new Canadian Film in Vancuver pic.twitter.com/WzMXR1BW6c— Gulshan Grover (@GulshanGroverGG) August 5, 2016
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.