Bad Man: An Autobiography

Author: Gulshan Grover with Roshmila Bhattacharya, Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Penguin Random House

Bad Man: An Autobiography

Author: Gulshan Grover with Roshmila Bhattacharya

Publisher: Ebury Press  an imprint of Penguin Random House, Price: INR 499/-, pp – 176, HB

 

Growing up on the fringes of our capital city, Gulshan Grover moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in acting in the 1970s. At a time when most wannabe actors held out for the lead, he made a conscious choice to opt for villainous roles. He went on to portray many memorable characters, with a career-defining role in the 1989 blockbuster, Ram Lakhan, that established him firmly as the 'Bad Man' of Bollywood. Many a mainstream potboiler of the era rode to success on his trademark one-liners and grotesque get-ups that have become part of Bollywood folklore. He subsequently moved on to the international arena, among the first actors from Mumbai to do so, in the process becoming one of India's more recognizable faces in international cinema. In this autobiography, Grover tells his story-the films, the journey, the psychological and personal toll of sustaining the 'bad man' image, the competition among Bollywood's villains, the move to playing more rounded characters, and the challenge of doing international films without relocating to another country or opting out of mainstream Hindi cinema.



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