After a highly acclaimed acting debut in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur, filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia, currently swamped with two back-to-back projects -- Saheb Biwi aur Gangster Returns and Bullet Raja-- has been persuaded to face the camera again.
This time it’s for Ketan Mehta’s Mountain Man, the biopic on the unsung Bihari hero Dashrath Manjhi who dug a road through a mountain from his remote village to the nearest city.
Tigmanshu has been persuaded to play a negative character once again by Ketan Mehta, who insisted that only he could play the part.
“Ketan said he had a role for me in Mountain Man. I play the evil mukhiya of a village in Bihar. I couldn’t say no to Ketan. I’ve been a fan of his work. So here I am once again heading to the badlands, all thanks to Anurag Kashyap,” Tigmanshu, who drove to the film's location in Wai on February 3, said.
Despite a promising stint, the filmmaker is not too keen on acting.
He said, “I have no intention of pursuing an acting career. Main direction mein khush hoon (I am happy with direction). I did Gangs Of Wasseypur for Anurag Kashyap. Now I am doing Mountain Man for Ketan. That’s it. I have six or seven scenes in this film.”
Tigmanshu is a trained actor from National School of Drama. “And just to set the record straight, Gangs Of Wasseypur is technically not my acting debut. I had one shot with Shah Rukh Khan in Mani Rathnam’s Dil Se.”