I chose to be a villain and worked hard for it: Gulshan Grover

Neha Mahamood/Dubai
Filed on November 8, 2019

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Everyone who has a story to tell pens their tale for different reasons. What prompted Grover to detail his was purely altruistic.

When Gulshan Grover came to the Khaleej Times office last month, he teased us with news of his upcoming memoir. Having launched on Thursday at the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), Gulshan Grover's biography Bad Man is a tell-all that reveals all of the Bollywood magnate's well-kept secrets.

When we met him at Novotel Hotel in Al Barsha last week to talk about his memoir he said: "It's the way my journey has been. It's a journey of an average person who has had everything against him but what he had was courage, hard work, faith in God, and wasn't scared to dream and wasn't scared to do things slightly differently. It's worked very well for me."

B-town's resident villain

His name over the years has been synonymous with that of villainy, all thanks to the innumerable grey roles he has portrayed.

In Bad Man, the Bollywood superstar - famous for movies like Ram Lakhan (1989), Mohra (1994) and Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi (1996) - essays his journey through the film industry and why he chose to walk down the path his life took. How does he feel to be known as the villain of Bollywood?

"I am extremely happy to be known as not just the villain of Bollywood but the 'Bad Man' of Indian cinema. It didn't just happen accidently; I chose to be a villain, I worked very hard for it. I planned it, I struggled for it, and I chose particular kind of films - to be able to create a mega brand of a bad man."

The first commercial Indian actor to start a transition from Bollywood to Hollywood and create a mud path between the two, the actor said: "I'm happy to talk about my book and my journey in the wonderful film industry. Very happy to get to hear and meet some of the greatest writers of the world."

Advice for young actors

Everyone who has a story to tell pens their tale for different reasons. What prompted Grover to detail his was purely altruistic.

"No celebrity writes a book to make a profit. Books are written to share a journey. And when a publication like Penguin thinks your story is worth being written that means it's something that people will want to read."

The actor, who worked hard for every opportunity that he got and persevered through difficult circumstances, wants today's young actors to take away some vital lessons from the battles he's had to fight.

"This book will inspire youngsters not to be scared. Don't be scared if somebody has more resources than you do. You can dream, you can work hard, and, with sincerity and faith in God, you will succeed," he said.

He launched his book at the Expo Centre Sharjah on Thursday and spoke about the writing process and all that went into bringing Bad Man to life.

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