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Gulshan Grover in Sooper Se Upar!
Gulshan Grover in Sooper Se Upar!

It is difficult to imagine Gulshan Grover, the B-town baddie of the 1990s,essaying the role of a Harvard University Professor settled in Mandawa, Rajasthan, but that’s exactly what this multi-talented star did recently in the Kitu Ghosh’s Sooper se Upar! According to Grover, this was the beginning of author-backed roles ahead! The actor is looking forward to his next release which is Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullett Raja, where he is back to playing what he plays best — the bad man — in this Saif Ali khan starrer! Excerpts from an interview:

What is your take on the change in Bollywood with the advent of new age cinema?

I feel change is the only constant and just as few old trends and gadgets, etc. go defunct with the passage of time, so also in cinema. Many changes have occurred on the 70 mm space too. The dialogues have changed in flavour and so have the long climax sequences where poetic justice was done. But one has to change with the times, and if one doesn’t,then one has to be ready to perish! Having said that, to say that these days new-age cinema has entirely become realistic will be a fallacy. There is a happy space in Indian cinema where the realistic and the unreal co-exist, the song and dance and over-the-top fight sequences are still ruling the roost.

Gulshan Grover is on a roll, playing different shades of character in his upcoming movies! What’s more, he is breaking the stereotype of over-the-top villain and is ready for the emerging grey shades of new age Indian cinema

How was your experience of working with a young star cast and also director?

I loved the vibe on the sets every day and surely learnt a lot from the very talented younger lot of actors. This is just the beginning for me; I don’t think anyone can say that they have learnt whatever it is to be learnt in the world of acting or anywhere else for that matter. I think I was the actor in Bollywood who set the trend of this desire to get into the skin of the character. Nowadays everyone seems to be doing that; something that is not new for me!

What would you like to say about the trend of aggressive film promotions?

Well, this is one change in Bollywood that I am really scared of! This to me is a dangerous trend where strategic promotion of film is done over a few days before its release!

The same journalist or TV anchor you are very friendly with before the release of the movie, you fail to recognise or return his calls after the release! This shameless promotion of one's movie is something I can’t fathom!