With Sanjay Leela Bhansali's scoring a home run soon after its opening, entire crew of the movie has got all the good reasons to be happy about. And amid this spree of success we had words with movies antagonist Gulshan Devaiah, who by his outstanding performance after his previous flicks like Shaitaan, Hate Story has once again amazed the masses as Bhavani in Goliyon Ki Raas Leela Ram Leela. So check out what this talented star stated to Ankur Karan Singh during a candid chat.
SantaBanta: So Gulshan after spending a relatively lengthier period in the world of fashion how come this sudden transformation took place, that you decided to step into the acting arena? Gulshan: Well as far as this addiction or passion for acting is concerned then it's been since my school days that I use to foster this dream of making it to Bollywood. And over the years which have passed it was my theater and Billboard fascination and the one for dramatics, which kept my will satiated. Even when I was a kid I use to foster this dream of making it to big screen.
SantaBanta: You belong to a city which enjoys a very calm way of living, with just noticeable interaction with showbiz, so had it ever been tough for you to accommodate yourself with the fast paced life of Mumbai while carving a niche in Bollywood ? Gulshan: Not exactly, because as I said that since my childhood I always wanted to make my name in acting world, so I never found Mumbai's fast paced life unbearable and besides as I too have a never say die attitude, so this spirit of Mumbai and Bollywood always complemented my attitude towards my life and my work.
SantaBanta: In Ram Leela you have once again played a character with a shades of grey and if we go by your past performances then even there you were seen exhibiting a negative side. So does that means that you own some kind of fascination for negative roles? Gulshan: (Laugh) As you know that every human is unique, but at the same time is a combination of various shades of behavior some have more of a negative side and whereas others may have more of a brighter side. And as far as my fascination about playing negative characters is concerned then it's not that I have got any fixation to negative roles, but certainly I love to play the characters which are out of the box kinds. Like the one which I have done in Ram Leela which is highly ambitious, power hungry cruel in nut shell he is just like a wolf who want everything under his paw at any cost.
SantaBanta: Ever-since your cine jaunt has begun in tinsel town you got opportunities to work with some of the ace cinematographers like Bejoy Nambiar, Anurag Kashyap and now Sanjay Leela Bhansali, so how was your experience while working with them because all of them caters to a different genre of movie making? Gulshan: Certainly, all of them have different style of movie making but one thing that they have in common is their yearn for excellence. If we talk about Sanjay Leela Bhansali then he firmly believes in setting up higher bench mark every-time. His way of working is purely detailed under which he keeps each and every component under tabs in order to dish out something exceptionally charming.
Whereas if talk about Bejoy Nambiar then he is purely a visionary kind of director who even before execution of his idea, has a clear picture of the net result in his head. On the other hand if talk about Anurag then he is the kind of man who will make you aware about the story idea and then asks you to carry forward his theme in the best possible manner.
SantaBanta: It is usually heard that Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a hard task master and leaves no stone unturned to extract best out of his artists, so did you ever have a rendezvous with "Hard Task Master" side of Sanjay Leela Bhansali while working with him? Gulshan: Look it's just a misconception that probably prevails about Mr Bhansali because of his reserve nature. In fact it won't be wrong to say that Mr Bhansali is one of the most supportive person whom I have ever met.
I can remember one of the incidents when we were shooting one of the sequences of "Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela", where it was my shot, which I performed as per the expectation of Mr Bhansali, and post that what followed was an heartfull of appreciations from him which somewhere down the line further motivated me to perform in a better manner next time.
SantaBanta: At last, as every actor or actress fosters a wish to play a dream role, so do Gulshan too have got a dream role which he would ever like to perform? Gulshan: Yes, I do have one. Actually if at any point of time in my career I will get an opportunity then I would like to play a super wicked character, with infinite power.
SantaBanta: Something larger than life? Gulshan: Not exactly but something negative with infinite powere and subsequently which turns into a synonym of brutallity, fear and evil in the years which follow.