GUL­SHAN SPARKS A BIG BAD­DIE DE­BATE

Vet­eran vil­lain says the guys who’re play­ing neg­a­tive roles these days aren’t fit for the job

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth. goyal@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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

Yash­pal Sharma

Now, there is no con­ven­tional vil­lain left, and they don’t have their pet one­lin­ers any­more

Shakti Kapoor

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