GULSHAN SPARKS A BIG BADDIE DEBATE
Veteran villain says the guys who’re playing negative roles these days aren’t fit for the job
Actor Gulshan Grover, who is known for pulling off some iconic roles as a villain through the years in Bollywood, is disappointed with the current crop of antagonists these days.
The 59-year-old feels that filmmakers focus more on sensationalising their films by casting big names rather than finding the right actors for a dark role. “I am really disappointed to see the actors who are being chosen to play negative characters these days. Yes, now there are better roles written for a villain, but the choice of actors is really poor,” says Grover. He further explains his disappointment in Karan Johar and Amole Gupte as some of the recent examples.
“I didn’t like Karan Johar as the antagonist in Bombay Velvet. Nor did I like Amole Gupte in Singham 2. I think someone else would have done it better,” he says, adding, “These days, they prefer sensationalising the role rather than choosing someone who is actually suited for it.”
Gulshan’s statement has sparked a debate in the fraternity. Filmmaker Sanjay Gupta, known for his gangster films, says, “This is a generalisation. I thought Amole Gupte was brilliant in Singham and Kaminey. These days, we don’t compartmentalise roles into that of a ‘villain’ or a ‘hero’ — characters are increasingly growing to be grey, and they are the way they are because of the story,” he explains. Here’s what other ‘bad guys’ say...
I didn’t like Karan Johar or Amole Gupte as antagonists. I think someone else would
have done a better job
Gulshan Grover, actor I am not sure, this is a generalisation. I think Amole Gupte was brilliant in Singham and Kaminey
Sanjay Gupta, filmmaker
These days, audiences are much more aware, and they want to know why the villain is a bad guy
Prem Chopra Gabbar-like dialogues such as ‘kitne aadmi the’ won’t work in the kind of films we have now
Now, there is no conventional villain left, and they don’t have their pet oneliners anymore