Actor, author, producer turned director Kuldeep Kaushik believes to helm a movie venture one must slog a bit lengthy.

“I have teamed up with Anurag (Basu) dada for a lot of films and he also made me work in different departments for projects like Life in a Metro and TV show Love Story. Dada says that for a director it’s necessary to learn all — from clap to budgeting, acting, sound recording, writing production and direction. Now, when I have directed my first Hindi feature film, I understand why focusing on every vertical is of utmost importance,” says the UPite on his go to to Lucknow.

After making an attempt his hand in numerous fields, Kaushik left for Mumbai in 2004. “I played cricket, did boxing, worked as sales executive as I had no vision for future. Then I realised that directing films is what I want to do. So, after dabbling in different departments for almost 18 years, here is my first directorial debut project. I can very well understand that why in Hollywood one gets into direction in 40s and 50s after mastering different fields.” he says.

Kaushik began with TV sequence Remix after which did theatre together with working in manufacturing and path departments. His first solo path was a Punjabi movie Vadda Kalakaar (2018) adopted by his debut as a writer-director. His newest venture was shot completely shot in Uttar Pradesh with numerous crew members being from the area.

Talking about his UP join Kaushik says, “I was born in Meerut at my nanihaal (maternal home) where I completed initial studies but my formal education eventually happened in Delhi. Both my younger brother and sister too were born there while my father is from Bulandshahr. So, shooting for my film Naar Ka Sur in Mathura and Vrindavan was a conscious decision.”

Talking additional about his movie, he provides, “Our DOP Vikas Babu, casting director Vivek Yadav and actor Kiran Lata Bharti who plays coach (national level basketball player) are from Lucknow. Also, the 12 female actors are from different places, including UP, as it’s a pan-India story inspired from real incidents. Not casting popular actors (besides Lalit Parimoo) was a deliberate decision as story is the real hero of the film.”

Kaushik’s subsequent movie is once more a ladies centric movie. “This time the title will be Ghoongat Wali Naari and it’s about wives of 12 ex-army men. We have seen a lot of films based on army men but this is to do with their families. I again want to shoot the film in UP,” he concludes.

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