Playing a man was refreshing: Sunil Grover plays a negative role in Gabbar Is Back

  • Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2015 11:36 IST

Playing the popular TV character, Gutthi, in Kapil Sharma’s comedy show has made TV actor Sunil Grover a household name. But the actor is not limiting himself to the small screen, and has ventured into films as well. He will be seen in Akshay Kumar's next Gabbar Is Back.

Sunil, who already has a few films to his credit, finds working in Bollywood refreshing. Here, he talks about his desire to play dark roles in movies, and how he is not necessarily looking to bag lead roles.

You will soon be seen in an action film starring Akshay Kumar. How different is working on the small screen from working in films?

Playing a man was refreshing after essaying the role of a woman so many times [on TV]. Actually, I felt weird because lipstick is generally the last thing I apply for the TV show, which I didn’t do for the film. I felt something was missing (laughs). The grammar of filmmaking is totally different. On my show, I can say any damn thing, but for this role, I had to stick to the script. I have done films earlier, but switching from one medium to another is still tough.

Is there any particular role you want to do?

I want to play Salim, but no one will make Mughal-e-Azam with me. I wouldn’t mind doing funny roles in films, but surprisingly, comic roles are not offered to me. I wish to play a dark character. Regardless of the genre, I want to do exciting roles. There are numerous ups and downs in this industry, money, fame and offers will come and go, but I hope I never run out of work as acting is the only thing I know how to do. I wish success doesn’t go to my head. Ambitions about lead roles are unnecessary as they ruin the pleasure of working. At times, character roles are more fun to play. I won’t do lead roles for the heck of it. Hero or not, I want to enjoy my work. I have been offered lead roles, but I haven’t taken them up as they didn’t excite me.

Every actor dreams of doing a lead role in a film. Do you have similar aspirations?

I aspire to play complex characters and experiment with my roles. With the I have been offered lead roles (in movies), but I haven’t taken them up as

they didn’t excite me.

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