In his long career Satish Kaushik has played it all. But never before has he played a role as revolting as the one in Nagesh Kukunooor's
new film Laxmi. In the film about human trafficking Satish is cast as a slimeball who rapes and forces a 20-year old girl into prostitution.
The victim is played by Monali Thakur who was one of the finalists on Season 2 of Indian Idol. She later gained popularity as a playback singer when she sang Zara zara touch me for Katrina Kaif in Abbas-Mustan's Race.
Adding discomfort to the repulsive role is the fact that Satish has recently become the father of a daughter. And the character, in Satish's words, makes him squirm.
Says the actor, `It's a real gandaa (dirty) character. I accepted it without a second thought. As an actor I like to play everything from villain to comedian. And Nagesh Kukunoor has written a very sensitive and emotional film about human trafficking. It's about a young girl who is forced into prostitution. She fights back against her tormentors in court and gets them convicted. `