Director Tigmanshu Dhulia to act in Ketan Mehta's next

Tigmanshu Dhulia

After his highly-acclaimed role in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’, filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia will soon face the camera again.

He will be seen in Ketan Mehta’s ‘Mountain Man’, a biopic on the unsung Bihari hero Dashrath Manjhi, who dug a road through a mountain from his remote village to the nearest city.

Dhulia had been persuaded by Mehta to play a negative character once again. When Dhulia begged off citing his water-tight schedule, Mehta insisted only he could play the part.

“Ketan said he had a role for me in ‘Mountain Man’. I play the evil mukhiya (leader) of a village in Bihar. I couldn’t say no to Ketan. I’ve been a fan of his work forever. So here I am once again heading to the badlands, all thanks to Anurag Kashyap,” said Dhulia.

Having directed films like ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ and ‘Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster’, Dhulia has no long-term acting plans.

“I have no intention of pursuing an acting career. Main direction mein khush hoon (I am happy in direction). I did ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ for Anurag Kashyap. Now I am doing ‘Mountain Man’ for Ketan. That is it. I have six to seven scenes,” he said.

Incidentally, Dhulia is a trained actor from the 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 Ratnam’s ‘Dil Se…’.”



Director Tigmanshu Dhulia to act in Ketan Mehta’s next