'Indian cinema is losing its iconic villains'

'Indian cinema is losing its iconic villains'

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'Indian cinema is losing its iconic villains'

He started his career in Bollywood almost four decades ago, and has done over 400 movies till date. And out of all the roles he played, most of them were of villains. The audience loved and accepted him in the negative avatar and that is why Gulshan Grover is best remembered as the ‘Bad Man’ of Indian cinema.

But Grover is unhappy the way villains are now portrayed in Bollywood and feels that “Indian cinema is losing its iconic villains.” “If we talk about the villains of Indian cinema, Pran, Ajit Sahab, Armish Puri all of them were iconic. I carried their legacy of playing such role. But now no one is playing that kind of a role. It has disappeared.”

 “Today, casting of villains has become fashionable and is done to grab headlines. Filmmakers are in such a dire situation that when they go out to promote their movie, they need to have a fresh and attractive face to show to people; actors and their acting skills is an old topic now. But they have forgotten that to be the villain you need to excel in your acting skills. Many fantastic roles in new-age movies have been destroyed only because of this.”

However, the actor will soon be doing a role reversal. After a successful career in Bollywood and Hollywood, Grover is all set to debut on the digital platform which he calls “modern actor’s medium”. The actor will star in a web movie called ‘BadMan’, which follows fictional story of Grover, who will play himself. The story is about an actor who wishes to be a hero and not a villain. Directed by Shoumik Sen, the movie is divided into four parts of 20 minutes each.

It also features Chunky Pandey as villain and Rishi Kapoor, Farah Khan, Shoojit Sircar, Manisha Koirala in cameos. 

“How wonderful it is that the character I played in Ram Lakhan has become the title of a film. You will see a villain as the main lead. The web movie will not fit in the slot of commercial movies but it was a unique experience for me, hilarious and quirky at times. The film will make you realise the significance of villains and their contribution.”

However, before nodding for ‘BadMan’ he made sure if the crew of the movie was equally interested in the concept or not. “I asked Gaurav Gandhi(chief operating officer) and Monika Shergill (content head) what they think about it. Because if the people behind the screens are not enthusiast about the venture, the movie will have no meaning on screen. I got to know that everyone was as excited as I was. With so many young minds involved in this venture, I can say that BadMan is not recycle of what we have seen before.”

Meanwhile, Gulshan is also shooting for a Malaysian movie ‘I’m Not a Terrorist’.

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