Gulshan said the revenge drama, produced by Vikram Bhatt, should not be mistaken as erotica because sexuality is just used as a tool in the film. "'Hate story' is lot more than just sexuality. It is merely a tool that the female lead (Paoli) uses.
Sexuality is the spark that ignites the fire. There are three different characters in the film and it revolves around their complex relationships," Gulshan said.
"This film is Paoli's and it's her journey and quest for love. I play a grey character Siddharth Dhanrajgir, who is extremely ambitious. The problem is that he is an egoist and has the attitude that he will not lose at any cost. He's so aggressive that he can go to any extent to achieve what he wants," he added.
Directed by Vivek Agnihotri and also starring Nikhil Dwivedi in a prominent role, the film releases this Friday. The 33-year-old actor, who has acted in three films after starting his career with Rohan Sippy's 'Dum Maaro Dum', admitted he has no problem with Paoli hogging the limelight because he knew that the film is a woman-centric one.
"I figured out what exactly my part in the film is. I knew from the beginning that it's a woman centric film. I am not insecure about the fact that it is Paoli's film because she is an extremely talented actress. I was confident that I have a pretty good role," he added.
Gulshan said he prepared a lot to play a suave business tycoon in the film as he had to learn completely new mannerisms. "I got a call from Vivek Agnihotri (director) and went to meet him. He gave me the narration and I really liked the role. As my character is completely different from what I have done before, I had to prepare a lot to play a businessman.
"I had to bring in a certain mannerism which Vivek was very particular about. It was tough for me because the character doesn't deliver much dialogues but his expressions are prominent," said the actor, who was seen in negative roles in 'Shaitan' and 'That Girl in Yellow Boots'.
Unlike others, Gulshan, who has played grey-shaded roles in all his previous films, said he doesn't fear about getting typecast and rather enjoys it. "I don't think that I am sticking to the image.
All my grey characters are different in itself. I enjoy performing them because they give me immense scope to prove my acting mettle," he said. Gulshan will be seen next in debut director Vasanth Bala's 'Haalahal'.