"I'm the only specialised villain left in Bollywood"
Gulshan Grover takes pride in that tag though he plays a policeman in 'Red Alert'
Gulshan Grover plays a police officer in 'Red Alert: The War Within' but for audiences he will always remain the Bollywood bad man he's played in innumerable films. And the actor takes pride in saying that he is the only "specialised villain" left in the industry.
"Villains like that have disappeared from the film. Nowadays there are no villains you know. I know and believe that I am a versatile, capable actor; it was initially just to get stardom. I still play villain, I still take pride that I am the only specialised villain left in the business, but I am also an actor who can play any part and I am doing that," Grover said.
Some of the actor's best remembered negative roles were in movies like 'Sohni Mahiwal', 'Ram Lakhan', 'Shola Aur Shabnam' and 'Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi'.
In director Anant Mahadevan's film 'Red Alert: The War Within', which gives an insight into the long-drawn battle between the Maoists and the government, Grover plays a senior police officer.
"I am playing the head of police, someone who represents the system...the government's point of view...In a way everyone is on one side and me and my police force are on the other side," said Grover.
Releasing Friday, 'Red Alert...' is almost a reality check on how a poor farmer Narsihma (Suniel Shetty), who desperately needs money to fund his children's education, finds himself in the midst of the Maoist movement, working as a cook.
Grover has a few offers from Hollwood, but is focussing more on Hindi films.
"Conversations are on with Hollywood directors but I am concentrating more on Bollywood," he said.
Indo-Asian News Service