Gulshan Grover — who has played the villain in more than 400 Indian films over 4 decades — launched his new book Bad Man at Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF). The book showcases his journey in Bollywood. The actor was dubbed as the ‘Bad Man’ after playing the role of Kesariya Vilayati in Subhash Ghai’s popular film Ram Lakhan. Speaking at SIBF, Gulshan said the role was offered to him by the filmmaker after the latter hosted a breakfast for him.
He said, “Mr Ghai didn’t say anything to me during the time I was sitting in his house and eating. I kept thinking in my head, when will he broach the topic about a role in his film? Then when I was about to leave, he was seeing me off at the elevator. At that time, I brought up the topic and all he said ‘see you Bad Man’.”
The actor also spoke about the financial problems he grew up with and how he had only seen Mumbai in films before he went to the city to establish himself. Saying that he did not look like a ‘conventional villain’, he revealed how people had said he wasn’t tall enough and did not have a ‘towering personality’ like other villains at the time. “But I knew I was an average guy with extraordinary determination,” he added.
Gulshan Grover was one of the first Indian actors to work in Hollywood and other foreign films, from Iran, Malaysia and Canada. He shared how he wanted to take his ‘craft to the next level’ and added, “Sometimes, a few openings in life, lead to greater opportunities. This was during the pre-internet era. Hollywood was unaware of our body of work and that our industry is a powerhouse of talent. Not only did I want to showcase my own talent but along the way, I wanted to represent my industry and country, so that the world recognises us, values us and respects us.”