New Delhi: Karan Singh Grover, who is making his Bollywood debut with Bipasha Basu starrer horror film 'Alone', hopes to play dark characters in Bollywood after establishing himself as a romantic hero on the small screen.
'Alone', directed by 'Ragini MMS 2' director Bhushan Patel and produced by Kumar Mangat, releases this Friday.
"I want to play someone really dark, like a real bad guy on screen. But I am sure I won't be able to do so because my fans will not let me do it. They are aggressive. My image is such that no one will allow me to do a negative character," Karan said in an interview here.
The actor did not feel it was a risk to make his big screen debut with a horror film, even though this genre is not very popular with the audience. "I really liked the script of 'Alone'. I thought there were a lot unexpected things in the film, which I would want to watch as a viewer. I did not think like I was doing a horror film, I did not think in terms of genre. I decided on the basis of the script."
Karan is all praise for Bipasha and said she was a very encouraging co-star which helped him perform better as he was quite nervous as a newcomer. "Bipasha is a very encouraging co-actor. It was great working with her. She is immensely beautiful, you are always in awe of her. She is inspirational.
"I was nervous because all the names associated with the film were seasoned and known. Bipasha is a star, Kumar Mangat has been producing film for years and Bhushan had two hits to his credit so I knew only I could go wrong. I was cautious about not letting anything go wrong," he said.
The young star, who recently announced split from TV actress wife Jennifer Winget after two years of marriage, said sometime it is discomforting for him to go about his work amid a personal crisis.
"It is difficult that I am at a position where I am going through a professional high but a personal low. It is disturbing and uncomfortable. I try not to think about it but there are times when I feel like being alone, all by myself," he said.
The actor was last seen on TV in 2013 on drama 'Qubool Hai' but he does not feel his absence from the small screen has dampened his popularity. "I quit 'Qubool Hai' at the right time. When 'Alone' was offered to me I was learning production and direction. I don't think not being seen on TV for more than a year will affect my popularity or 'Alone'," Karan said.
Comparing his experience of working on TV and films, Karan said while the small screen is a training ground for an actor, the big screen is less draining. "TV is like a school. It is easy to shoot for a film. In movies, you have a definite start and end. You know your character is there for a particular period.
"For me that is very important because when I work I get involved in my character and try becoming like him and a daily soap goes on for years and you literally become the character you play, especially because you shoot for 12-18 hours a day. You completely lose yourself sometimes as an actor," he said.
Karan, however, assured that he has not bid goodbye to TV and said he would love to be a part of a miniseries. The actor, who has signed a three-film deal with Kumar, said he just concentrates on improving his own craft and is not bothered about competition from other TV actors making their big screen debut.