Saurabh Shukla Says There’s Less Space For Humour


New Delhi: SaurabhShukla is one of the most formidable performers in Bollywood but it was ‘Satya’ which established his reputation as a great actor and also as a writer. The actor, who co-wrote Ram GopalVarma’s cult gangster drama with AnuragKashyap, has fond memories of the 1998 film and considers it among his favourite films. He feels that now there is less space for humour as people have become very touchy.
Ram GopalVarma was the only director at that time who was making experimental films and many talented people wanted to be a part of that process, including Shukla. “I was dying to act in a Ram GopalVarma film at that time. When he said, I also had to write, I couldn’t say no. I am glad I wrote that film as it made me learn so much.

It established me as a writer. Writing is a tough process and it is not even paid well,” said Shukla.
“Ramu had been working on Satya for quite some time. He had worked with Anurag for a year or so on it. But when he decided to make the film, he wanted another writer to come in. He had the whole world ready for that film, he had characters and some incidents that he wanted to incorporate in the story.”
The film became a cult hit and its characters and dialogues became memorable but Shukla says it is hard to pin-point who contributed what in the film. “Anurag and I co-wrote the film. Ramu liked the first draft. I feel a film is not just written by writers, but also by the director and actors. They improvise and it all becomes part of the script. We did a lot of improvising. It is unfair when people ask about Ramu’s contribution or inputs from me or Anurag, there is no I, you and me. It was a combined effort. We wrote it from scratch, we made the screenplay, everybody contributed in the film.”



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