Known for playing the arch nemesis of many Hindi film heroes in the 1980s and 1990s, Gulshan Grover is still remembered as the ‘Bad Man’ of Bollywood. In a recent chat, Grover shared that many contemporary villains in Hindi films are inspired by his characters. When asked about his favorite new age villain, the Ram Lakhan actor said that Saif Ali Khan, Suniel Shetty seems to have taken a lot of inspiration from his looks in films.
The actor told Zoom TV Digital that “playing negative roles has been attractive right from the start.” He added that all actors want to play something other than what they are doing, which draws them to play villain roles. “Now a lot of them aren’t really ‘heroes,’ they’re heroes of the past, they’re has-beens, they’re rejected heroes,” he said, adding that “they all give great performances.”
When asked about his favorite villain, the actor said, “All these people watch my movies and try to go to the studio and do their job.” He added, “Saif Ali (Khan) ke ghar pe toh 100 picture in Hongi Meri. Roz meri picture nikaal ke sochta hoga, daadi kaise lagaun, aankh me kajal laga lun, kya karu? Suniel Shetty ne toh ek Gulshan Grover section banaya hai, library aur photos ka. Aalim (Haakim) ke paas jaate hai. Aalim ke paas toh ek puri scrapbook hogi. Woh khud jaake dekhke aata hai (film) aur inko nahi batata hai ki Gulshan Grover se kopi kar raha hun. (Saif Ali Khan must have 100 pictures of me in his house. He must pull out a picture every day and think about whether to grow a beard or use kajal in his eyes. Suniel Shetty must have a full Gulshan Grover section in his library with my pictures. Aalim Hakim must have a scrapbook full of my looks. He must watch my films and not tell them that he is copying my looks).”
Gulshan Grover concluded, “There is only one bad man, me, the ultimate villain.”
The veteran actor has Kamal Haasan’s Indian 2 and Shankar’s next in the pipeline.