Sanketh Kashi is no more; it’s very difficult to digest this news as it took a while for me to accept it. I met Sanketh Kashi for the first time in 2004, to discuss about a small role in my upcoming movie. I told him that, it’s a small role and need 4-5 days of call sheet, explained him the role, went through all his scenes. Kashi questioned me that “Are you the director?” I just smiled and told him that, my interest is towards writing scripts and that I had worked on script. We spoke about the remuneration part, I was little skeptical to tell the exact amount. Kashi made me comfortable and told me that “You have come to make a movie; I am always there to support you”. I just handed him a cover and left. During the shooting, all his shots were just one take and all dialogues were improved on spot. After watching this so closely, I became a fan of him. Cameraman Ashok Kashyap told me that, seasoned actors are good to work with. They are both producer (don’t consume much negatives) and director (good performance) friendly.
We used to meet quite often during the release of Joke falls, Kashi used to share his experiences working in doordarshan television serials; his association with Shankar Nag was a memorable one. Sanketh Kashi used tell all the stories about making of Malgudi days, experiences working with Shankar Nag as well his association with co-actors Ramesh Bhat, Avinash. You can question him about any topic, he used to respond instantly. Kashi was an avid reader, spent lot of time reading various things. Most of our discussions were so interesting and lasted up to 2 am in the morning. Not many knew that, he was one of the very well paid supporting actors in 90’s. Kashi also had co-produced a Kannada movie with one of his close associate from Shimoga. This movie put him in a big financial loss.
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I used to meet him, whenever I was in Bangalore. I always used to wonder, why senior actors are not given any recognition or credit. I had in fact questioned this Kashi also. Kashi always used to tell; I remained truthful to my roles and lived it, I always believed in audience’s appreciation and am lucky to have found a place in their hearts. As I became close to him, I just asked him a question “what’s your favorite role?” Kashi replied “Drunkard Role”. I was so surprised by his answer. The irony of fact is that, In Joke Falls, I had unknowingly offered him the drunkard role. Most of our discussions were about movies, scripts, books and novels. Personally, all these interactions helped me to become better filmmaker.
When I was making Rambo, my only request with Mr. Sharan was to give a role to Kashi and Sharan politely obliged. I spoke to Kashi sir over the phone and told him about the role and briefed the story. Kashi instantly told me, “It’s a rare script with very good plot”. On the day of Rambo release, Kashi sir had come to Triveni theatre to wish me and to watch the movie with the audiences.
Another important thing about Kashi Sir was, If you narrate a script, If you are ready to take a feedback, he would you give you plenty and plenty of feedback, references. If you re-write with his suggestions, it will be a better script. All these knowledge was gained by Kashi while working with Shankar Nag. Kashi always use to tell that, our industry lacks writers. If we get good writers, industry will survive. This is 100% true.
I am glad to say that, Kashi sir was part of my projects (Joke Falls and Rambo). You may be gone sir, but all your work will be viewed by upcoming actors and motivates them to be better seasoned actors. Actors never die; they always live forever through their performances.
RIP Sir, I definitely miss you SIR, so as the entire film fraternity and as well as his fans all over the world.
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