After giving several hit comedies in his more than three-decade-long acting career, veteran actor-film-maker Satish Kaushik is now yearning to get roles that can do justice to his talent.
“I am waiting for very witty roles, where I can justify my talent. With the kind of talent I have, I think I must do something different from comedy. The comedy bag is now full. I must do some characters which are dramatic and have emotional depth,” says Satish.
Satish’s last notable role was in 2011, when he starred as Father Pascal in the multi-starrer ‘Rascals’. He would be next seen in a negative role in Nagesh Kukunoor’s Lakshmi, which is based on human trafficking. On not doing comedies in the recent past, Satish says, “Yes, it has been a long time. There is a lull as it happens with actors. When change is happening, sometimes an actor also goes through that. But I have done roles this year which are not comical but are different,” he says. “There is an upcoming film Lakshmi, in which I have played a negative character. I have never played this kind of role in the past. And then there is Dekh Tamasha Dekh,” he adds.
He will also be seen in ‘Gang of Ghosts’, a remake of Bengali blockbuster Bhooter Bhabishyat. It released on March 21. The comedy stars Anupam Kher, Sharman Joshi, Mahie Gill, Rajpal Yadav, Chunky Pandey and Saurabh Shukla. It also features newcomer Meera Chopra, who is a distant cousin of actresses Priyanka and Parineeti Chopra.
Satish says that the multi-starrer comedy is family film that would entertain people of all age groups. “I have always made family films, which are still shown on television. This is because they are always clean,” he says.
The film-maker says that he has incorporated a social angle in ‘Gang of Ghosts’. “A comedy is never complete without a tragic element. And in ‘Gang of Ghosts’, there is a very deep social structure driven around the film about the development of the cities,” he says.
“It has been shown how the emerging huge buildings, which are being made by destroying old and abandoned structures, are forcing ghosts to leave those places. So in a way, the movie also talks about those who are shunted out because of development,” he added.