Satish Kaushik is back from Toronto, where his debut Hollywood film, Brick Lane directed by Sarah Gavarone was premiered.
Kaushik plays the central role of Chanua, a Bangladeshi immigrant in the movie adaptation of Monica Ali's acclaimed novel. The actor director is on cloud nine following the response and insists the experience has changed him professionally.
"I was amazed with the way they plan everything. Today, I'm more organised and that's how I managed to complete Tere Sang with newcomers in three months flat," he enthuses.
He adds, "We got standing ovation that lasted more than three minutes during both the screening. The next stop for us is the London Film Festivals. I'm looking forward to it."
Kaushik considers himself lucky since actors like Boman Irani, Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapur, Farooque Shaikh and Anupam Kher screen tested for the role. But it was Kaushik who eventually got it.
"It was an honour. In Mumbai, I've got slotted in a particular kind of role, but once Brick Lane releases here, people's mindset will change," he asserts.
Riding high on his maiden success overseas, Kaushik intends to hire an agent to look after his work in Hollywood.
"I'll continue to act here but only if the roles are meaty enough.. since my hands are full with my directorial ventures," he ends.