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

India Today - - CONTENT - —with Bhavya Dore

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.

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