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Jatin Goswami on Patna Shukla co-star Satish Kaushik: ‘Huge loss personally’ | Bollywood

by Joe Bourn

In his latest project Gulmohar, Jatin Goswami has received many accolades for his sensitive portrayal of a loyal worker in the Batra household who falls in love with the family cook (Santhy). For most of his filmography, the actor has often been seen as an antagonist to the main character, so it was a welcome change to see him step into a different space. (Also Read: Jatin Goswami: Finally, the tide is in my favor)

Jatin Goswami in still from Disney+ movie Hotstar Gulmohar.

Jatin credited casting director Dilip Sarkar for seeing him in a new light. He said, “I was very surprised because of the kind of cinema he plays [for] it’s very different from the general work I’ve done so far. It was a pleasant surprise for me when he told me that he has been scouting for me since 2016-2017. I will give all credit to him and Rahul [V Chittella]our director, because early on when we met him and talked about the film, we were on the same page and it really helped.”

In an interview with Hindustan Times, the actor spoke about his journey from theater to films, being inspired by his co-stars like Rajkummar Rao at Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and his last conversation with his co-star Patna Shukla. Satish Kaushik who passed away on March 9.

After Gulmohar, Jatin shared that people have started looking at him differently. He said, “I’ve got some really interesting pieces that I’m thinking about and they’re extremely different from what I’ve done so far. I think the world is opening up with this possibility.”

Working with Manoj Bajpayee and Sharmila Tagore in Gulmohar was an amazing experience, recalls the actor. The cast was well prepared even before the shoot started and even had a workshop facilitated by Manoj himself. Talking about veteran actress Sharmila, Jatin revealed that she was supportive of everyone and told stories to the cast of the olden days of Bollywood. He added: “She really took me under her wing and was so protective of me. There was a bond from the beginning, day one.”

Jatin with Sharmila Tagore on the sets of Gulmohar.

No one in Jatin’s family is from the profession, but he recalled being mesmerized by a project when he was very young. He recalled, “When the lights went down and they came on stage, I was so absorbed in this world that I was really interested. That’s where it all started for me, wanting to be on stage. Once it started, there was no looking back because I think I was made for it.”

Jatin Goswami in still from Disney+ movie Hotstar Gulmohar.

But despite his love for theatre, the actor discussed why it is not sustainable to earn a living in India. Jatin explained, “No matter how much you want to do it, at some point you have to choose. You cannot earn your living doing theater in India. Either find another way of earning and acting could be like a hobby or a side job. I did TIE [Theatre in Education] in Delhi, with Barry John, and taught in schools. But after a few years, that was also not something I was very passionate about because my first passion was always performing and acting. Teaching and directing was a way to earn my living. After that I went to [FTII] in Pune and decided to work in films after that.”

Last year, he reunited with his FTII co-star Rajkummar Rao in the film Hit: The First Case. He said, “It was just like being at FTII. Nothing changed. It was like being in a classroom and doing our workshop or the scene.”

Jatin added that he is so proud of his fellow actors and co-stars like Rajkummar, Jaideep Ahlawat, Vijay Varma and Sunny Hinduja. He felt that the reason for their collective success was mutual induction. She shared, “We were all so nice and we were all together. I’m sure we all learned from each other. It was like we inspired each other and got along better. We were at FTII from 2005-2007. In 2008, at some point, we all somehow came to Mumbai.”

The actor has been busy shooting for SonyLIV’s Garmi and another film with Arshad Warsi and Pratik Gandhi. Both the plays are directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. Praising his young cast in Garmi, he revealed, “It is based on the politics of students in a university. It’s all about young people and their aspirations and politics. I’m really excited about it because it’s got a lot of talent in the cast and they’re all so good.”

Later this year, he will also begin the second season of the web series, The Great Indian Murder. He teased, “This is planned and the writing is done. This season will be bigger and better because the story is going outside India.”

Jatin has also completed the film Patna Shukla with Raveena Tandon, which has been bankrolled by Arbaaz Khan. He remembered the late actor Satish Kaushik as an encouraging co-star. “Personally it’s a huge loss. I would just like to sit with him and listen to his stories and anecdotes. He would always encourage the actors and motivate you. Tell you what to do and how to do it, all with a light heart. There was always laughter and positivity around him,” she said.

Jatin Goswami in still from Disney+ movie Hotstar Gulmohar.

She continued, “I had spoken to him in Holi. We had wished each other. We [had] they were in touch throughout.” Jatin also added that Satish had planned a few films and shows in which he had offered him roles.

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