While the movie I am Kalam continues to lap up awards and acclaim from all quarters, we pause for a while and look at the evergreen actor Gulshan Grover, whose portrayal of Bhati, serves as the backbone for the film. An entertainer who has been gracing the silver screen since ages, Gulshan Grover is an excellent actor and hugely underrated as well. Here’s a look at his portrayals of unconventional characters throughout his career.
Tapasvi Gunjal (Vishwatma) : The man who speaks ‘shuddh hindi’, is actually illiterate. Still, trust him to entertain you in a movie which had a bustling star cast and leave his own impression. Shiny suit ‘’dhaarak’’ Tapasvi Gunjal was the would be son-in-law of the boss villian Azhgar Jurrat (Amrish Puri), but still had the hots for pretty girls and took drastic measures to show them his appreciation (read: rape). The owner of a casino, and Kenya’s pulsating ‘Disco Bubbles’, Tapasvi also breaks into song and dance when the time is right. Sample dialogue :- “Pujiya Pitashree, ye hai woh apradhi jisne mere kanya pe daali ku-drishti”
Kabira (Hera Pheri) : He looked menacing, he sounded menacing and he was almost menacing in this avatar and only Paresh Rawal had the guts to tell him otherwise. In his hunt for Devi Prasad, Kabira had to endure the trinity of holy weirdness and God was gracious to him. When you are flanked by a sultry Kashmira Shah, why bother about anything in this world at first place? Sample dialogue :- “Kabira Speaking”
Vicky (Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi) : He always sported a stupid blue cap in this movie and had a huge crush on Juhi Chawla. So huge that he roped in Emmanuel Yarborough, the gigantic Sumo wrestler to finish off his rival. Sample Dialogue:- “Don’t mess with me”…Point taken.
King Don (Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi) : An underworld hotshot with an inclination towards wrestling, King Don can employ superstars like Undertaker and Crush, such was his clout. King Don was one handed, always wore a blue suit and served as the nemesis to Maaya(Rekha). Sample dialogue :- “Maaya, teri toh main palat dunga kaaya”
Tyson (Mohra) : Tyson is the mob boss of Mumbai. He believes in gifting his beautiful arm candy to other mob bosses as birthday gifts so that all differences could be pushed aside. Had pigeon white hair, a pigeon white suit and always wore shades. If you had a look at Raza Muraad then Tyson looked like Brad Pitt. Sample dialogue :- “You dirty mind”…How ironical.
Chappan Tikli (Sir) : Chappan Tikli will go down as one of the most memorable villains ever in Bollywood’s history. Gulshan Grover was all the way bad@$$ in his fantastic portrayal of a deceptive gang lord. Ably supported by Velji Bhai (Paresh Rawal), Chappan Tikli is just a funny name, the character is fierce.A Mahesh Bhatt classic, ‘Sir’ is a hard to find movie these days.
Chattan Singh (Jajantaram Mamantaram) : Only Gulshan Grover has the guts to pull off those costumes and a beard that resembled Tipu Sultan’s sword. Chattan Singh was the evil wazir of the Lilliputian island and nursed ambitions of being the God-King of the land. With such a weirdo appearance, the only place he should be made king of, is Disneyland. Sample Dialogue :- “Atyant…Turant”
Steven Kapoor (Rangeela) : Steven Kapoor was a director of excellence and vision that stretched beyond boundaries, or so Steven kapoor himself believed. A strict taskmaster, he pushed his actors to perform so that his films could compete internationally. At least that ‘s what he thought. Sample Dialogue :- “Mera competition India ke directors ke saath nahin hai…Speilberg, Copolla ke saath hai.”
Kekda (Sabse Bada Khiladi) : Kekda was the cop who always seemed to hang in the corridor between good and evil. Kekda was a shady operator and you could never guess what his next move would be. In such a twisted movie where neither the director nor the audience was sure of what was going on in the story, Kekda was perhaps the only one who had a hint of things to come. Sample dialogue :- “Wah ri bharatiya naari”
Lukha (Shaadi Se Pehle) : The international mafia boss Lukha was the rival of another mob boss Anna. Lukha always made his entrances spectacular. Besides providing a genuinely funny character, Lukha also provided ample breaks from Suniel Shetty’s hamming. Sample dialogue :- “Lukha good, Lukha bad, Lukha not ugly”
Story by: Soumitra Pattnaik