Gulshan Grover’s Torn Socks Landed Him A Role In Avtaar

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Gulshan Grover’s Torn Socks Landed Him A Role In Avtaar

When Subhash Ghai offered him a role in the 1989 blockbuster ‘Ram Lakhan’, his only dialogue was to say ‘Bad Man’ everytime the camera turned to him. What started as just a phrase in the film defined his career as the Bad Man of Bollywood. Gulshan Grover, a name that is synonyms to the antagonist, not only earned fame in Bollywood, but also globally.

He initially learnt and then taught acting with the famous acting professor Late Roshan Taneja for seven years. In his first film Hum Paanch, the actor got to work with the critically acclaimed actress Shabana Azmi. Once when he went to meet his friend Vinay Shukla, to his pleasant surprise, Shabana Azmi was also present there. Two films later (Rocky and Sadma), Gulshan got to work with her again.

Speaking about how he got the role of Chander in the film, he recollects, “When Shabana Ji saw my socks, which were torn and had holes in them, she asked me the reason for the poor condition of my socks. I was frustrated at that time as I was not bagging any role in any film. I told her that due to lack of work, I have no money and hence this condition of my socks. She instantly asked me to send some decent pictures to her place.” The next day, she showed the pictures to Mohan Kumar, the director of Avtaar, and the rest is history! If luck had to be described in that situation, it was Gulshan Grover’s torn socks that got him the chance to work in the 1983 blockbuster Avtaar.