‘Gunda’ Actor Mukesh Rishi Reveals What It Was Like To Play The Iconic ‘Bulla’
Remember Gunda? Actually seeing it in theatres? No. You remember mocking it on the internet with the rest of us.
The movie Gunda remains memorable for the same reason Vicco Vajradanti does. Because most people can recite the movie’s lines by rote.
But the lead villain was the iconic Bulla. The man behind the hard-talking, keeping-it-khulla villain was none other than Mukesh Rishi. An actor even the casual moviegoer will identify as the bad guy from that awesome movie.
You’d think the newfound cult status that Gunda has earned would make the actor ecstatic. That far beyond its years, the movie can maintain such fame, especially online. But no, he isn’t. In fact, in conversation with Hindustan Times, he is quoted as saying –
““I felt ashamed while saying Bulla’s dialogues! There was a mixed feeling of shame and guilt, and I constantly questioned myself why I was doing this in the first place,”
If you’re wondering why the actor might be a little bashful, here are some favourites.
The actor has said that on release, the movie wasn’t too well received. Because far be it for audiences to understand the cultural relevance of vitamin sex. But because the internet is great at resurrecting things from the past and understanding them in a modern context, Gunda too has its zombified corpse waddling around internet comedy forums.
“But that’s what they say about the internet — nothing really dies [here]. And soon I saw my young fans, especially girls, saying those dialogues like they were something good. That is something I never truly understood … But if anyone has to take credit for it, I’d give it all to the one who wrote the dialogues. Who envisioned them not only surviving that phase of cinema but somehow knew that these lines would stay. It was very intuitive of them.”
Havingplayed the villain in countless projects, his personal favourite being Billa Jilani in Gardish. He insists that villains be characters. Rounded, vulnerable and as complex as their respective heroes. Becuase without them, heroes really don’t have a point.
Here’s to a paragon of villainy and in all the right ways!
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