Gulshan Grover: The On-Screen Bad Man of Bollywood
Gulshan Grover was born and brought up in Delhi. His date of birth is 21 September 1955. The name of his father is Bishambar Nath Grover and Ramrakhi Grover is his mother’s name. He has three siblings Rita Grover, Sonu Grover, Ramesh Grover. He spent his whole childhood in Delhi and completed his graduation from Delhi’s Sri Ram College of Commerce although he resides in Mumbai now, he shares a very special connection with Delhi and often visits there whenever he gets a chance. Even though he was good at studies, he was always inclined towards acting and was a part of a theatre group named ‘Little Theatre Group’ for a long time before getting entry into the Hindi film industry. He mostly played negative roles and that is why he is famously known as the “Bad Man” of Bollywood.
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When he decided to be an actor, he joined Actor’s Studio to learn the nuances of acting and famous actors Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt were his batchmates. He became a good friend with Sanjay Dutt and are still good friends. It’s ironic that he eventually became an acting teacher at Actor’s Studio and some famous Bollywood actors were once his students.
He made his acting debut with the movie Hum Panch in 1980 where he had a positive role. He then featured in Sanjay Dutt’s debut movie Rocky where he played a goon named Jagga and it was his first negative role. After that, he did many movies like Sadma, Avtar, Soni Mehwal, Veerana, Ram Lakhan, etc. It was in Ran Lakhan when the term Bad Man was first stated and it became part of Gulshan Grover’s life about which he is proud. In 1990s he worked in many movies in various languages and it’s estimated that he acted in about 400 movies. Some of his notable movies of the 90s and early 2000s are Saudagar, Vijay Path, Dilwale, Sabse Bada Khiladi, Khildoyan ka Khiladi, Mohra, Raja Babu, Sir Yes Boss, Lajja, Hera Pheri, etc.
Though he is typecasted as a villain he played quite a few positive movies also like I am Kalam, for which got a nomination for the National Awards that year. and the recently released movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. Post Pandemic he featured in the superhit movie Suryavanshi directed by Rohit Shetty,Sadak 2, Mumbai Saga, and Rocketry: The Nambi Effect where he played the role of A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Apart from the Indian film industry, he acted in some Hollywood movies also such as The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, Beeper, Blind Admission, Desperate Endeavours, and Prisoner of the Sun. He won Best Actor International at New York City Film Festival & Houston Film Festival, for his performance as Indian Holy Man, Dada Bhagwan in the film ‘Desperate Endeavours’. He also acted in a few Iranian, Canadian and Malaysian movies.
Gulshan Grover is not only an actor but also a producer and an entrepreneur. He is actually a link between Indian Entertainment Industry, Hollywood, and International Entertainment Industry. He has effectively coordinated numerous entertainment businesses between India and the West.
When it comes to his personal life he got married two times, first to Filomina Grover in 1998 and got divorced in 2001. His second wife was Kashish Grover with whom he tied the note in 2001 but their marriage didn’t sustain even a year and got divorced in 2002. He has a son from Filomina whose name is Sanjay Grover.