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Satyajit Bhatkal on courting camera

Lawyer Satyajit Bhatkal, who makes his directorial debut with Zokkomon, says the two professions are similar.

bollywood Updated: Apr 18, 2011 14:35 IST
Nirmika Singh

Giving the courtroom a miss, lawyer-turned filmmaker Satyajit Bhatkal is busy doing what he loves — making movies. The director, of the soon-to-be-released superhero flick Zokkomon starring Darsheel Safary, is upbeat about presenting the child actor in a character that he promises will connect with the audience.

Zokkomon is not an imitator of western superheroes like Superman or Batman. The film is a response to modern Indian situations and conditions,” he says. The action packed movie revolves around the life of an orphan boy, who after being abandoned by his uncle, battles cruel living conditions and ultimately becomes Zokkomon.

“Darsheel is an absolute natural in front of the camera. During the shoot, he was extremely confident with the stunts and action sequences. There are no two opinions about the performance he has delivered,” says Bhatkal, who in the past has assisted Ashutosh Gowarikar in the production of Lagaan (2001). He also directed the National Award winning bilingual feature-length documentary on the making of the Aamir Khan-starrer, which was produced by the actors’ production house.

The English version was called Madness in the Desert (2004), and the Hindi, was called Chale Chalo (2004). The Disney superhero film also stars Anupam Kher in a double-role, which Bhatkal tells us, is something that will surprise the audience. “During the private viewing of the film, Anupam’s mother, after watching his second character on screen, asked me whether that was a Russian man. He is the only actor who could have pulled off such a feat and get in and out of a character so frequently; not to mention changing make-up too,” says the director.

Ask him whether he’s enjoying he newfound job as a director and he replies playfully, “Being a lawyer is not very different from being a director. As a lawyer, you wait endlessly for the judge to arrive, and as a filmmaker, you wait for the stars. Also, both professions involve fabricating facts.”