With his latest offering Tandav, actor Sunil Grover gave a glimpse into his versatility as an artist, something he hopes will continue with the upcoming web series Sunflower.
Grover is known as one of television’s favorite funny men with popular characters like Gutthi, Rinku Bhabhi and Dr. Mashoor Gulati to his credit. In the past, Grover has explored his dramatic side on the big screen in Gabbar, Back, Baaghi and Pataakha.
“When a character works on TV, you do it for years. In a long story format, you have to chart for your role. I’m trying to get used to this. It’s a new world for me. However, I enjoy (acting in) both worlds. I feel grateful for the experiences I get in this life. I enjoy this new phase,” the 43-year-old actor told PTI in a Zoom interview.
Grover said he’s happy audiences welcomed him in a variety of roles, despite his “comedic baggage.”
“What I did before was not planned because I started with something different and I went into something else. I come with so much comedic baggage from so many years. It is a challenge to break through such an image. The fear of not being accepted in certain roles… But people have accepted me and that makes me happy.”
Although he was ready to take a leap of faith, he feared that he would disappoint the public.
“When Vishal gave me Pataakha, I wasn’t prepared or planning to do such a thing. Same for Bharat. Director Ali Abbas Zafar and the team thought of me. Then Tandav came,” said the Sirsa-born actor.
Sunil Grover played the role of Gurpal Singh in Tandav. (Photo: Amazon Prime video)
In Tandav, the Amazon Prime Video series, Grover plays Gurpal Chauhan, the right-hand man of Saif Ali Khan’s cunning politician Samar Pratap Singh.
Director Zafar convinced the actor to take the role.
“I was concerned. What if the audience laughs when I try to scare them? But Ali said he would take the chance,” Grover recalls.
The actor, who has been in showbiz for 26 years, describes himself as “a newcomer” and believes this is just the beginning.
“I used to wait for one line to work so people would laugh. The way of working has changed, the kind of work I did has changed. ”
Grover is looking forward to the release of Sunflower, which will be streamed on ZEE5 from June 11.
Billed as a situational crime comedy, the series revolves around a middle-class housing society in Mumbai called Sunflower, which is filled with quirky characters.
The actor said that playing yet another complex character like Sonu was the most challenging part of the show.
“Sonu has many moods and shades. Sometimes he’s a loner, sometimes he’s in public. It was a challenge, but it has been resolved after a while,” he added.
The show, directed by Vikas Bahl and Rahul Sengupta, also stars Ashish Vidyarthi, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni and Mukul Chadda.
The eight-episode series is produced by Reliance Entertainment and Bahl’s banner Good Co.