Gulshan Devaiah, known for his diverse roles, initially decided to steer clear of negative characters. However, the unique appeal of the series “Guns & Gulaabs” prompted him to make an exception. The show, set in the 1990s and directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, features Devaiah as ‘4-Cut Atmaram,’ an assassin with a Sanjay Dutt-style persona, renowned for his deadly Rampuri knife.
An Intriguing Opportunity
Raj Nidimoru personally reached out to Devaiah, urging him to consider the role. Despite his initial reservations, the actor was captivated by the character’s eccentricity and the series’ spaghetti western-like atmosphere. Devaiah embraced the challenge, recognizing the potential for this character to become a highlight in his career.
Beyond Villain Roles
Devaiah’s commitment to diversity in his roles led him to accept the character of Atmaram in “Guns & Gulaabs,” despite his initial reluctance to play a villain. He acknowledges that certain roles, like this one, offer unique opportunities that shouldn’t be passed up. He draws a parallel to his role in “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota,” directed by Vasan Bala, which was a critical success.
Crafting Atmaram’s Look
The character of Atmaram drew inspiration from the hairstyles sported by Sanjay Dutt and Mithun Chakraborty in the 90s. However, the decision to use a ‘Rampuri’ knife instead of a switchblade was Devaiah’s idea. He wanted the knife to be distinctive and memorable, even when he wasn’t on screen.
Potential for Season 2
Devaiah is open to returning as Atmaram in a potential second season of “Guns & Gulaabs.” He revealed that Raj Nidimoru confirmed Atmaram’s presence in a second season, leaving room for speculation about the character’s future.
A Dynamic Career Phase
Devaiah’s recent roles in “Badhaai Do,” “Dahaad,” and “Guns & Gulaabs” have generated significant attention. Audiences appreciate his ability to portray both heroic and villainous characters, recognizing his unique contributions to the screen.
A Recognized Unconventional Artist
Starting his acting journey in Bengaluru’s English theatre, Devaiah has come to be known as an unconventional artist. His roles in films like “Shaitan,” “Hunterrr,” “A Death in the Gunj,” and “Ram Leela,” along with series like “Afsos,” “Duranga,” and “Dahaad,” have showcased his versatility.
Exciting Future Endeavors
Devaiah has an exciting lineup of roles in the coming months. He’s set to star in a comedy-drama in pre-production and explore more action-oriented projects in the OTT space. Additionally, he’ll be working on “Ulajh,” a spy thriller.
Gulshan Devaiah’s willingness to embrace diverse roles and his dedication to crafting unique characters have earned him recognition and respect in the industry. With a promising future ahead, he continues to captivate audiences with his performances.
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