Bollywood’s bad boy plays games in town - Gulshan Grover plays his trademark negative role in 18.11, a film directed by Mohibul Hoque

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 8.06.12

June 7: He has worked in over 400 films under directors like Balu Mahendra, Anurag Basu, Deepak Tijori and Priyadarshan. Now, Bollywood’s bad boy Gulshan Grover is working under an Assamese director for a Hindi film.

In a blue denim shirt and white track pants, the veteran actor was in the city today playing badminton, for a shot for politician-turn-director Mohibul Hoque’s upcoming film 18.11, at Kanaklata indoor stadium in RG Baruah sports complex.

After a weeklong shooting in Shillong, 57-year-old Grover arrived in the city and will be here for another 10 days, playing badminton (for the film) at the stadium under the direction of Hoque, former Independent MLA of Gauripur constituency in Dhubri.

This is Grover’s first visit to the state, a place, he said, he had always wanted to visit after hearing about it from his friends and other directors.

“I am very happy to be here today,” he said.

Grover said he was enjoying the moments here.

In this film, too, Grover is playing a negative role. “Tonight, I am going to have an Assamese dinner,” he added.

18.11 is Hoque’s second movie and his debut in the Hindi film industry. His directorial debut was in 2003 with an Assamese feature film, Juman Suman.

After making Juman Suman, Hoque had declared that his next film would be in Hindi.

Juman Suman is the first Hindi film where both the hero and the heroine are Assamese. Rehal Khan from Dhubri and Suhana Irani from Guwahati played leads.

Hoque describes 18.11 as a “complete” film where action, romance and suspense are packaged together.

“I am happy to have people like Gulshan Grover, Prem Chopra, Asrani, Mukesh Tiwari and others in my film,” Hoque, who also wrote the script, said.

Artistes like Nipon Goswami, Hiranya Deka and some other Assamese artistes are working in 18.11.

After Guwahati, the film will be shot at Hajo, Dhubri and some other parts of the state. “Next, we will probably move to Bangkok or Malaysia,” Hoque said. The first schedule of shooting for the film was completed in Kashmir on April 24.

The movie is expected to release by September or October.

Hoque said he decided to highlight the Northeast as an attractive tourist destination through his film. He was sure that the scenic beauty of Assam and Meghalaya would catch the nation’s attention.

Renowned singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Udit Narayan and Kunal Ganjawala will lend their voices to the film, being made by Ultimate Pictures.