Grover wants to shoot Bollywood film at Prince Charles’ estate
London: Actor Gulshan Grover, who was invited to Prince Charles’ Dumfries House estate in Scotland earlier this week, says he discussed about shooting a Bollywood song in the 18th century building with him.
The 59-year-old “Beeba Boys” actor, best known for his “bad man” roles in Hindi films, said he was attracted to a particular set of grand stairs.
“It is such a beautiful place, especially the steps outside the main palace. I said this would be the perfect place for a Bollywood song and dance number. Being the gentleman that he is, he said ‘really?’ and allowed me to shoot a Bollywood film there,” said Grover, who now plans to shoot on the 2,000-acre estate in the coming three or four months.
“I will definitely be shooting a film I am planning to produce; if not the entire film then certainly a song will be shot in Dumfries,” he said, without giving further details of the film at this stage. The Indian actor says he has known the Prince for a few years and been involved with his charity work.
“It was an honour to see all the wonderful work he is doing there. The estate is entirely devoted to creating a learning experience for young people across various fields. His constant thinking for the people of Great Britain is very fascinating to me.
“I am an absolute admirer of HRH Prince Charles,” said Grover, who has previously visited Charles at his home in Highgrove, south-west England, but stayed over at Dumfries House Lodge for the first time this week.
The actor also promised to send the royal a copy of his new film, Deepa Mehta’s “Beeba Boys”, which has been selected for this year’s London Film Festival starting next month.
“London and the UK has a very special place in my heart, it is like a home away from home. I am so happy and proud that this film has been picked for the festival. I am looking forward to the experience, which will also highlight how local South Asians react to a mainstream Bollywood actor. My fans here are very affectionate and also very vocal,” he said.
Grover once again tackles a role with villainous shades but with a difference. “I now play the bad man role with caution. The role has to be extraordinary and when one of my very favourite directors, Deepa Mehta, offered me the role of Grewal the kingpin, I accepted it right away.
“Not only is this the first time a sardar is shown as a mafia don but Deepa Mehta’s very emotional way of handling subjects makes this a very different kind of mafia don,” he said.