With a series of roles as a politician, the latest being in the Salman Khan-starrer Sultan, slated for an Eid release, a Doon-based newspaper, Garhwal Post, the owner has graduated from printing news to becoming news. Meet Satish Sharma the latest ‘politician’ to hit the silver screen.
Born under the zodiac fire sign Leo, he has always nurtured the traits of a natural born leader and a love for the good things of life, which he fully utilised in his chosen profession, journalism. This newspaper owner, who has also been involved in political and social activities, used his specific strengths to get into acting.
As Managing Director of ‘Enchanting Himalaya’ — An initiative to promote Uttarakhand amongst filmmakers, he has been proactively involved in inviting filmmakers to shoot in Uttarakhand. “It was always my dream to help my state Uttarakhand become a leading filming destination. To this effect, I have been taking a delegation to Mumbai every year to project the positives of Uttarakhand amongst the film community. My efforts bore fruit when a few banners came in to shoot in the state,” he recalls.
Talking about his foray into films, he avers, “It was while helping out a friend in scouting locations in Mussoorie that I was offered my first role. The film was Maazi and the friend was Nitin Shingal. From the word go, he knew he wanted to cast me as a politician. Then came another film GOL — Gangs of Little, where I was offered to play a politician, yet again. This film had Roshni Walia, the child star of Maharana Pratap fame, along with many other children playing interesting characters. It was fun to do both the films.”
Gradually, what began as fun soon became an obsession with Sharma. Next, he went on to
become production-in-charge, Uttarakhand, for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Yaaraa. “I persuaded Tigmanshu to shoot in his home state. Being a son of the soil, he readily agreed and despite many difficulties, he shot a large portion of ‘Yaaraa’ in Uttarakhand. For the first time, the Tehri Dam was captured by a filmmaker and that made us all very proud. We are eagerly awaiting the release of this film.”
In no time, another role of a politician came Sharma’s way. Award winning Director Manoj Sati offered him a politician’s role in his ambitious project, Pampapur Ki Ramlila. “I was elated to bag this role as it was being shot in Uttarakhand and I got a chance to share screen space with Gulshan Grover, Rajpal Yadav, etc.,” he discloses. “I am to shoot a portion in Mumbai soon with Karan Johar, I am told.”
When Dum Laga Ke Haisha was being shot in Uttarakhand, Sharma arranged the local casting for Yash Raj Films and further consolidated Uttarakhand’s position in filmdom.
Then, one fine day, destiny smiled on him when Sharma got an unexpected call from Yash Raj Films to audition for the Salman Khan starrer, Sultan.
“Actually, the Director Ali Abbas Zafar, who is a dear friend, had recommended my name to the selectors. I recorded my audition and sent it posthaste and the rest, as they say, is the history. I bagged a politician’s role opposite the superstar Salman Khan, which was like a dream come true,” he states elatedly. “And for this role, I should actually thank Ali, who kept me in mind”. “I greatly respect his father, Mr. KH Zaidi who has always encouraged me to reach out to my potential”.
Some of the future projects that Sharma has up his sleeve are for Australia based Anupam Sharma.
“I have just begun a new journey and am enjoying every bit of it. Now I am waiting for the day when people begin to recognise me for my screen presence,” he quips.