From his chilling act as Hathoda Tyagi in Paatal Lok to his moving performance in Unpaused, Abhishek Banerjee had a brilliant run in 2020. Now the casting director and actor will reunite with Bala (2019) director Amar Kaushik for his horror satire, tentatively titled Bhediya . The project, led by Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, is expected to hit floors next month.
“I knew Amar bhai when he was an associate director, and I, a casting associate. We met on the sets of No One Killed Jessica. ’says Banerjee, who was delighted to collaborate with the filmmaker for the third time. After all, it was in Kaushik’s Stree (2018) that Banerjee caught everyone’s attention with ‘Vicky, please’ – a dialogue that spawned countless memes and jokes. “He always saw the actor in me. In fact, he always asked me, ‘Tu yeh role kyun nahin kar leta?’ I always told him that I will act when the time is right Then he offered me a scene in Go Goa Gone and promised me R5000 for an hour of work. I only did the cameo because I trusted him. Finally when I saw Aaba [Kaushik’s first short film], I realized that Amar bhai is an extraordinarily talented director. “
The actor reveals that he was chasing Kaushik when he started editing his first feature film. “I chased him until I got the part of Jaana in Stree. The day I saw the movie on screen, I confessed to him that I’m willing to even be a prop in his movies,” laughs the actor, who Rashmi Rocket, Achiev Micholi and Helmet are in the pipeline.
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