Kaagaz: Satish Kaushik Says ‘I Have Salman Khan To Thank, Earlier No One Wanted To Back The Project’- EXCLUSIVE

Pankaj Tripathi-starrer Kaagaz has been written and directed by Staish Kaushik, and is produced by Salman Khan. Satish Kaushik thanks Salman Khan, and reveals that he was travelling with Salman when he told him about Kaagaz

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Kaagaz: Satish Kaushik Says ‘I Have Salman Khan To Thank, Earlier No One Wanted To Back The Project’- EXCLUSIVE
It was  when veteran actor-director Satish Kaushik was  travelling with Salman Khan that things fell into place for Satish’s dream project. Recounts Satish, “I  got to know  about Lal Bihari Mritak who was declared dead  by the government and who spent  18 years  fighting to prove he was alive, in 2003. At that time no one wanted to back the project. Then I was travelling with Salman to Malta to  shoot for Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat when I told him about Kaagaz, then called Lal Bihari Mritak. Salman loved  it!  I suggested that he become the  presenter  of the  film. Everything fell in place after that. Salman and I  go back a long way. Many consider my Tere Naam to be  his best  . I  wouldn’t want to  disagree with that.”

 Satish was very clear about the choice of actor to play Lal Bihari/Bharat Lal. “It couldn’t be a  star.This character  had to be played  by an actor with a connect to  the grassroot.When I  signed Pankaj  Tripathi he was  not the  star he has  now become. Mirzapur and Criminal Justice were  not  out yet. Today I see his presence  on  top of Salman’s  backing as  the  two USPs of  the marketing of Kaagaz.”

Kaagaz was  completed  in 2018. “We were then struggling to  find buyers. When Salman came on board we got stuck  because of  Covid. All the post-production was done during the  lockdown. We are now in the midst of an  unknown crisis,and work  almost ended.I stepped  out  for  Kaagaz. It’s a risk  worth taking.”

Satish sees Kaagaz as his return to  form as a  filmmaker and actor. “For some time now I was being shunned by  the  film industry. They thought I  was  too old now and  useless.I think I’ve more than  proved myself as an actor and  as a director .”

Has the real Lal Bihari seen the  film? “Yes, he  has. I showed  it to him. Unfortunately  the impossible  hardships  that he has  gone through in  life have embittered him. He’s always in a negative zone, always criticizing everything. He has stopped seeing the beauty in Nature and life. His son worked as  an assistant  director  in  Kaagaz. Hopefully after the  film’s release Lal Bihari would have something to finally smile  about.”

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