‘Hollywood filmmakers do a lot of research’
Gulshan Grover says international filmmakers pay more attention to details
The bad man of Bollywood, Gulshan Grover (right), who recently finished shooting for Deepa Mehta’s International project Beeba Boys, wants the Hindi film industry to learn from the West. The 55-year-old actor says that international filmmakers spend more time and energy on research.
“In the West, people associated with a particular film spend a lot of time on the finer details of the content. Once the concept of the film is established, the filmmaker thoroughly researches that topic, so that the story is more realistic and appears authentic when people watch it in a theatre,” he says, adding, “For this film, too, Deepa (Mehta) did her part of the research and was able to tell her story in a much better way.”
Grover also points out that actors in the West are humble, but extremely skilled at their respective jobs. “These actors would come to me and say, ‘We love your work’. I got a lot of respect from them. I was moved by the warmth and respect given to me on sets by all the young Canadian and American actors who were playing the lead gangsters. They had seen my Indian and Hollywood films. But when it came to work, they weren’t intimidated by me or the fact that I’ve done almost 400 films, and performed their scenes with confidence. That was really nice to see,” he signs off.
The filmmaker thoroughly researches the (film) topic, so that the story is more realistic and appears authentic when people watch it in a theatre
Gulshan Grover, actor