Bengaluru-based actor Gulshan Devaiah is remembered for his impactful performances in his earlier projects such as 'Hunterrr', 'Hate Story,' 'Shaitaan' and 'Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela'. The actor has managed to ignite that spirit yet again in his latest release, 'Kuldip Patwal: I Didn't Do It!', where he plays a lawyer. Gulshan points out that the film draws its inspiration from real life happenings.
In an interview with Nina C George, Gulshan shares his experience of working in the film.
How was it to step into the shoes of Parduman Shahpuri?
The director was very particular that I play the role because he thought that my mannerisms and body language perfectly matched that of the character. The biggest challenge, however, was to speak in a typical Punjabi accent.
What was the best part about essaying the role?
I enjoyed playing someone I am not. I could relate to my character because the situations shown in the film have a lot of reality attached to it. It can happen to anybody. I had to create a kind of illusion in my head to connect to the character. I was also given the freedom to interpret the character the way I wanted to.
You worked as a fashion designer before becoming an actor. Was the transition easy?
I was always comfortable on stage. The many plays that I acted in school and later in college helped me get a grip of acting and strengthened my desire to become an actor. In that sense the transition was easy.
How did you develop an interest in acting?
My parents were interested in the Bollywood movies of the 50s and 60s. They spotted my talent for acting and theatre when I was barely five years old and put me on stage. I also grew up listening to plenty of Bollywood music. All this has contributed to my interest.
Then what took you so long to take the plunge?
My career in the fashion industry brought me a lot of awards and recognition. I did pretty well during my stint as a teacher as well but somehow I didn't have the courage to take a to acting. I made my debut only when I was 30 years. But looking back, I am glad I took it slow.
I have nothing to complain about because I am living my dream. I have some really good projects in hand and I have had to good fortune to work with some good actors.
What keeps you grounded?
It is a combination of a sound upbringing and strong value system.