My emotional blackmail has worked, says Gulshan Grover about his son Sanjay
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My emotional blackmail has worked, says Gulshan Grover about his son Sanjay

Bollywood’s original ‘bad man’ Gulshan Grover says that his son Sanjay, who is working in Hollywood with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, will soon return to India and start training to become an actor.

bollywood Updated: Jun 22, 2017 19:39 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
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Actor Gulshan Grover was most recently in the film Behen Hogi Teri, starring Rajkummar Rao and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles.

Gulshan Grover, the man who made “bad man” one of the best-known phrases to emerge from Hindi film dialogues, wants his son to follow in his footsteps — not necessarily as an ace villain, but as an actor. Gulshan, who has done both Bollywood and Hollywood films, says that he would be the happiest if his son Sanjay, 27, becomes an actor and producer in Bollywood.

An emotional Grover, who is a single parent, says that after a lot of persuasion, Sanjay, who is currently working in Hollywood, has decided to come back. Sanjay works as the director of special projects with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, a major studio, taking care of production and financial matters. If Gulshan’s wish is fulfilled, then Sanjay will be yet another ‘star kid’ joining Bollywood.

“I have been trying to bring him back for long. And all my emotional blackmail is finally showing result, because Sanjay has decided to come back within a month or two. Once here, he’ll first train to become an actor,” says Gulshan. Sanjay “is a natural actor”, says the proud father, adding, “His exposure to Hollywood and world cinema has made him knowledgeable.”

Sanjay Grover, Gulshan Grover’s son, is currently working with Metro Goldwyn Mayer in Los Angeles.

Grover will do “anything and everything” possible to help Sanjay acquire the skills and guide him in his professional journey. “As a parent, it’s my responsibility to show him the way; then it’s his talent that will take him ahead. And I am not ashamed of helping him in every possible way,” says Grover, whose iconic ‘bad man’ roles include that of Kesariya Vilayati in Ram Lakhan (1989), Chappan Tikli in Sir (1993), and Tyson in Mohra (1994). In recent years, Gulshan has appeared in several Hollywood films, including Prisoners of the Sun (2013).

Doesn’t Sanjay, being his son, have an advantage, unlike outsiders? Gulshan says, “The opportunity [that] star kids get definitely help them. They get free publicity from the media and get good projects. There are things they get on the platter. But to stay in the business, you have to be good at your job, or else Yash Chopra could have made his son a star, or for that matter, the son of Manoj Kumar and Rajendra Kumar would’ve also done well for themselves. But that didn’t happen. You can’t control success. In the long run, only talent matters.”

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First Published: Jun 22, 2017 19:38 IST