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Saurabh Shukla to work with `No Man`s Land` director

New Delhi: After Danny Boyle, actor Saurabh Shukla is all set to work with another Oscar-winning filmmaker. His next Hollywood project is with `No Man`s Land` director Danis Tanovic.

Although the actor-director is not allowed to divulge details about the film yet, Saurabh said that he idolizes Tanovic and can go to any extent to work with him.

"My next Hollywood outing is with Danis Tanovic, who directed `No Man`s Land`. I can give my right hand to work with him," Saurabh told reporters.

`No Man`s Land` won an Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2001. Saurabh, better known as Kallu Mama from the film `Satya`, played the role of a policeman in `Slumdog Millionaire`. But that is not the only Oscar-winning movie he has acted in so far.

"I have never spoken about this before, but I have been a part of two films which have won Oscars, the other one being `Gandhi`. I was a part of the crowd that was required in some scenes in the film and shot for about 24-25 days," said Saurabh, who was studying in standard 12 in Delhi at the time.

The actor, who began his film career with Shekhar Kapur`s `Bandit Queen`, has a bevy of Bollywood films in his hand with two directorial ventures ready for release this year.

"There are two films which I have directed and they are ready for release. One is `I`m 24` which stars Rajat Kapoor and the other is `Pappu Can`t Dance Sala` which has Neha Dhupia and Vinay Pathak," said Saurabh.

He has also acted in Sudhir Mishra`s next film titled `Saali Zindagi` with Chitrangada Singh, Irrfan Khan and Arunoday Singh.

"I play a power broker an uncouth criminal in the film. It is a thriller and is all about how desperate people
can be to achieve anything in life, even love," said Saurabh.

He has played various kinds of characters in films, be it negative or comic. Even his `bad guy` roles in films like `Kareeb` and `Nayak` have induced laughter. The kind of movies he makes has led to the belief that Saurabh likes to dabble in black comedy, which he says is a "myth".

"Whether as a writer, director or an actor, I have never made any deliberate attempt to deal with black comedy. Darkness co-exists with humour in life and I have always worked with stories like that, maybe that led to this conclusion," said Saurabh.

The actor has recently done a workshop at FTII, where he tried a different form of film-making using one line from each script written by the students.

"It is a very unique way of film-making by putting together disconnected situations from different scripts. `Let Me Twist`, the short film we made through this process has won an award at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival," said Saurabh.

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