Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shreya Mukher­jee

Be­sides be­ing an es­tab­lished ac­tor, Satish Kaushik is also known for his skills be­hind the cam­era. And he re­cently spoke about his next Bol­ly­wood di­rec­to­rial star­ring Pankaj Tri­pathi. This is the first time he is di­rect­ing a biopic, and ob­vi­ously, he is quite keyed up about the project. “This space is com­pletely new for me. At­tempt­ing some­thing [new] is both ex­cit­ing and at the same time gives you a sleep­less night. Real-life sto­ries have al­ways in­spired me and I had been think­ing about mak­ing one some­day. So, this film is close to my heart,” says Satish.

The film is based on the life of Lal Bi­hari Mri­tak, the man who was de­clared dead as per gov­ern­ment records and it took him al­most two decades to prove oth­er­wise. The movie went on floors ear­lier this month and is ex­pected to re­lease next year.

Four years af­ter his last film, Gang of Ghosts (2014), Satish is wear­ing the di­rec­tor’s hat, so the story had to be spe­cial. Asked what took him so long, he says, “I was busy with my films and work­ing on the script. In be­tween, I had other sto­ries in mind too.”

Gang of Ghosts was a re­make of the suc­cess­ful Ben­gali film, Bhooter Bhabishyat (2014), but the Hindi ver­sion failed to make a mark. Satish ad­mits it was a “wrong de­ci­sion” to make the film in Hindi. “That cul­ture did not con­nect with the Hindi speak­ing view­ers... But then one needs to take a risk. And I’m happy about tak­ing it.”

Satish Kaushik

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