Saurabh Shukla Unveils The Reason Behind Writing Ram Gopal Varma’s “Satya”

Saurabh Shukla was about to refuse the writing work of Ram Gopal Varma's "Satya" but he said that one line which made Saurabh Shukla to stay connected to that project.

Saurabh Shukla, a renowned screenwriter and actor in Bollywood, turns 61 today on March 5. Even though he started his journey through NSD and later appeared in the movie “Bandit Queen” (1994), he got a lot of recognition through the cult classic “Satya”, released in 1998. The movie was a commercial success, and it also received critical appreciation from many for the story, characters etc. Fans love to watch this movie again and again. Saurabh Shukla’s character of Kallu Mama didn’t have a long plot, but the character managed to receive popularity with his presence on screen.

Satya was directed by Ram Gopal Varma, and it was written by Anurag Kashyap and Saurabh Shukla. But Saurabh Shukla never wanted to write that film. Before meeting Ram Gopal Varma, he made his mind that he would deny writing that movie. But that one thing made him change his decision. In an interview with Lehren, he shared this story of Satya. Anurag Kashyap, who is junior to Saurabh Shukla, was assisting Ram Gopal Varma back then. Varma was doing this film, and he wanted one more writer for the film. As Anurag knew Saurabh Shukla’s writing work before Satya, he suggested his name to the director. Saurabh Shukla said, “Mein jab Ramu se milne jar raha tha, tab mujhe iss baat ka andaja laga ki shayad ye writing ka kam hoga. Toh mein ye soch ke gaya tha ki mein ye film karunga nahi kyunki mein likhna nahi chahata tha. Ramu ne jo pehli line kahi ki ‘I want you to do a role in the film’. Toh mein phas gaya.” He felt that if he refused writing then he would miss that role too. And that’s how he ended up writing Satya.

Even Manoj Bajpayee and Saurabh Shukla were friends before Satya and that’s why many people also said that Manoj’s character of Bhiku Mhatre dominated the screen only because his friend wrote it strongly. But Saurabh Shukla clarified that there is nothing like this. Later he talked about his roles in “Jolly LL.B”, “Barfi’, his directional journey and many other. Watch this entire interview here.

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