June 20, 2017
Gulshan Grover says Amitabh Bachchan is a living example of how you can be a hero as long as you want
After returning as the villain in recently released film Behen Hogi Teri, Gulshan Grover will be seen playing the hero in a web-series named after his iconic character Badman. In a candid chat, Bollywood’s favourite antagonist talks about receiving international acclaims and his journey so far. Excerpts from the interview…
Badman has been invited to be screened at the Moscow International Film Festival and London Indian Films. How does it feel?
I cannot tell you how excited I am. It feels wonderful. It has just dawned upon me that a good content cannot be contained. In the film Badman the hero of the film is Gulshan Grover. This film which was meant for the internet for the digital audience has broken boundaries. The film is being screened in London at five different cinemas because of its popularity.
How did Badman happen?
It is India’s first mocumentary feature film. All the characters in the film are real. People are playing themselves where Gulshan Grover is a popular Bollywood actor known as Badman, Mahesh Bhatt is a well known director, Manisha Koirala is Bollywood’s popular actress who has recently defeated cancer and many others. Everybody played what they are. But the scenes are created so it is called mocumentary. It is India’s first mocumentary feature film. This is also the first time iconic character played by an actor is the name of the film and the same actor has been chosen to play the hero of the film.
How has your journey on Bollywood been so far?
My journey has been tremendous and it is especially exciting now. If you look at the cinema around you, the characters of villains have disappeared. I had a film that released recently Behen Hogi Teri n which I played a villain and now I have a film named Badman in which I play the hero which is breaking boundaries internationally. I am at a very exciting and interesting stage of my career. I have learnt this from Amitabh Bachchan ji who taught us that that you can be a hero as long as you want. It doesn’t matter if your beards have turned white; it all depends on how good you are what you do. He changed it completely for all of us. Having taken inspiration from him I learnt that if you have it in you no changing scenario can affect you.
You have been part of many films, Bollywood, Hollywood and world cinema. But you have never been vocal about it.
Yes it is true that I have never been vocal about it. I see this happening now and I wish I had spoken about it earlier. I believe that there is nothing wrong in amplifying you achievements. But also, the time I started getting offers from Bollywood the situation was very different. Once I started doing Hollywood films, people used to say wo bhaag gaya (he ran away) while I was right there in India. People used to think that I won’t do Bollywood films once I start getting paid in dollars so I used to hide the fact that I have worked in Hollywood films so that I get work back home in India. There was so much negativity about people working in Hollywood that I did not make much noise about it.
There is a drastic change in the portrayal of villains in Bollywood films as compared to earlier times. What do you think about it?
I think it is interesting. Cinema tries to portray what is there in real life. When you look around yourself, there is no ugly looking gunda badmash type of people around you. It is the sweet talker in you office and elsewhere who is the evil most of the time. This is how life is and if this is how life is then the cinema has to be like that too. Even the portrayal of hero for that matter has changed.
We don’t have such lager than life villains anymore. Has anyone been able to make even the slightest mark in the negative role in recent times?
Unfortunately there is none. There is nobody. And it is not the actors but the script is such. This is how the production and story has gone into. I am all excited about the new emerging avenues.