Q+A WITH GULSHAN GROVER
Though his characters such as Chappan Tikli and Tapasvi Gunjal could never quite redeem themselves, Gulshan Grover has set the record straight with his autobiography, Bad Man
Q. You talk about how your villainous image carries off-screen as well. Is it satisfying or annoying?
When you play a villain, that image affects you. Even very progressive ad filmmakers rarely cast a villain to endorse a product.
Q. Have you felt trapped by that image?
I created the image myself and stayed in it—I wanted to build a brand. I’m happy I did it, I’m not at all dissatisfied.
Q. Anything you would have done differently when you tried moving to Hollywood in the nineties?
I think I did it at the right time. It was not just a personal triumph—I was able to expose them to wonderfully popular Indian cinema, which they had not heard of.
Q. How do you look back on your work?
To be honest, as soon as I finish, I start to find rough edges. I feel ‘Ah, I could have done it better’.
Q. Do you have any regrets about anything you did as a villain on-screen?
The disrespect to female characters and the treating of them in a physically humiliating way—I would say I played those roles with tremendous grace, but if I had a choice, I would have had the filmmaker do much less of that.