Bollywood actor-director Satish Kaushik, who is on his second trip to Toronto International Film Festival Dev Benegal's 'Road, Movie', is looking forward to push his creative profile with meaty roles in global cinema.
"I have done a lot of work in Bollywood over the years as an actor and director. I now want to pursue projects that will give me a global profile," the 'Tere Naam' director said.
Kaushik I s here this year as part of the cast of Benegal's 'Road, Movie', an Indo-US co-production that also features Abhay Deol and Tannishtha Chatterjee in pivotal roles.
"The last time I was here, in 2007, my performance in the British film 'Brick Lane' garnered great reviews. It was a real high," Kaushik says.
'Brick Lane' was Sarah Gavron's adaptation of Monica Ali's bestselling novel of the same name, and Kaushik, who usually plays comic sidekicks in mainstream Hindi films, played the part of Chanu Ahmed, middle-aged husband of a younger Bangladeshi girl.
"I am hopeful my character in 'Road, Movie' will fetch similar notices," says the actor-director, who plays a motor mechanic who loves movies in the movie.
The film, which was screened for a select audience, has already generated a buzz at the festival.
Kaushik has another important task to complete in the course of the latest edition of the festival. He has brought along the long-in-gestation script of 'Main Zinda Hoon', the off-beat story of a living villager who is listed as dead in the government's records.
"I am looking for funds for the film here and have a few meetings lined-up," he says.
Kaushik's latest film as director 'Tere Sang' did not click at the box office. He is now looking forward to the release of the much-delayed 'Milenge Milenge', the last film that Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor did together before they parted ways in personal life.
"Mainstream Mumbai movies are my bread and butter, but films like 'Brick Lane' and 'Road, Movie' provide sustenance to my creative soul," says Kaushik, who has also revived the critically acclaimed Feroz Abbas Khan-directed play, Salesman Ramlal, an adaptation of Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman'.
From the big screen's 'Pappu Pager' to classic theatre's 'Willy Loman', Kaushik has traversed an entire spectrum and is now seeking to push the frontiers of his creative world a tad further.