RE­TURN­ING TO DI­REC­TION

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - CITY | TIME OUT - RISHABH SURI

Satish Kaushik, whose last di­rec­to­rial was Gang of Ghosts (2014), will again be don­ning the di­rec­tor’s hat for a biopic on Lal Bi­hari Mri­tak, a man who had to fight to prove his ex­is­tence. Kaushik re­veals to us ex­clu­sively, “I had this idea for al­most 15 years, right from when I was work­ing on Mu­jhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001). I had read this ar­ti­cle while hav­ing tea. It read, ‘I am alive!’ and com­pletely ap­palled me. It was about this man who had an un­usual vic­tory in life. He was de­clared dead in the govern­ment records, and it took him 18 years to prove that he is alive. Pankaj Tri­pathi, who’s a very sub­dued and un­der­stated ac­tor, will play the lead role. He is from Na­tional School of Drama, like me. He suits the role to the T. We have changed his char­ac­ter’s name to Bharat Lal in the film.”

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

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