Gulshan Grover is best known as the ‘Bad Man’ of Hindi Cinema. You can’t forget his character called Kesariya Vilayati from the movie Ram Lakhan. On the other side, this veteran actor was also seen in Hollywood movies like Beeper, Blind Ambition, Desperate Endeavours and Prisoners Of The Sun. But did you know who made Gulshan realize he could also achieve a career in the West? It was none other than Bollywood’s Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Gulshan revealed that he gave a nod to his first Hollywood movie, The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo, after King Khan insisted. He said, “Shah Rukh and I were working in director Aziz Mirza’s movie Yes Boss (1997) and that time, I had got selected for a Hollywood movie The Second Jungle Book: Mowgli & Baloo (1997) to play the main antagonist. It was the final call for me to come to Hollywood and sign the film. I was in a big dilemma and before turning down the offer, I went to Shah Rukh and made him read the script. He insisted that I should take the first flight to Hollywood.”
Gulshan further revealed that he was very skeptical about leaving his movie in the middle but Khan came to his aid. He said, “I was so scared thinking the director would sue me for doing this or cut my salary for making the loss. But Shah Rukh said, ‘Tu ja, agar tereko kisika phone aaya bhi, you come and catch me. I will handle the situation here. You go my friend, sigh this film and make us proud,”
He added, “I was so scared thinking that the (Yess Boss) director would sue me for doing this or cut my salary for making the loss. But Shah Rukh said, Tu ja, agar tereko kisika phone aaya bhi, you come and catch me. I will handle the situation here. You go my friend, sigh this film and make us proud’.”
“I owe my Hollywood career to Shah Rukh Khan. He gave wings to my dreams. If he would not have pushed me that night to take the first flight for Hollywood, this would not have happened”he further added.