By Subhomoy Mukhopadhyay
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Calcutta, May 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Actor Rishi Kaushik is well-known in Bengal for his role of Ujaan, hero of the popular Star Jalsa Television series “Ekhane Akash Neel”. Rishi was born and grew up in Tezpur, a small town in the eastern Indian state of Assam, graduating from Tezpur Academy and Guwahati University.
In spite of wanting to be an actor, Rishi did not really do much acting in school or college. He did, however, keep in great shape with regular workouts at the gym, and won the 2001 Assam Malestorm Contest. Subsequently, he made it to the finals of the prestigious Gladrags Mega Model Man Hunt in Mumbai with actor and television host Sekhar Suman as the judge.
Rishi's familiarity with the Bengali language and the affordability of living in Kolkata brought him back to our favorite city of joy, where he acted in a few telefilms before his first big break with the role of the hero in the television series "Ekdin Pratidin" in 2005 with another new comer, Aparajita Ghosh Das, as the heroine. The character he played, Indranath Laha, pretty much became synonymous with him in the hugely popular series.
Rishi is pretty selective in the roles he plays, and subsequently, after letting a slew of offers go, he agreed to act in the Bengali drama show "Ekhane Akash Neel" in 2008. His portrayal of Ujaan has earned him immense popularity among Bengali television viewers, and some prestigious awards too, including Kalakar Best Actor Award and Pratidin Complan Best Actor Tele Samman.
Also after "Ekdin Pratidin", Rishi was offered quite a few roles in Bengali feature films. He has appeared as a rural school teacher Joydeep in Tarun Majumdar's "Chander Bari" (2007) [buy Bengali film DVD in USA], costarring Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ranjit Mullik, Babul Supriyo, Koel Mullick, Laboni Sarkar, Haradhan Bannerjee, Locket Chatterjee and others with music by Arundhati-Shibaji.
Wanting to experiment, Rishi appeared as the antagonist in Riingo Banerjee's (interview) Kranti (2002) [DVD release] with Jeet, Swastika Mukherjee, Rajesh Sharma, Ashish Vidyarthi, Alaknanda Roy, Bodhisattva Mazumdar, Locket Chatterjee, Biswanath Bose, Raja Chatterjee etc. and music by Riingo himself. His performance in Kranti won him a BFJA Most Promising Actor award.
Rishi has appeared in a well-appreciated role against Ananya Chatterjee in Rituparno Ghosh's Abohoman (Blu-Ray - DVD) along with Dipankar Dey, Riya Sen, Mamata Shankar, Jishu Sengupta etc. featuring music by 21 Grams.
Fans of Rishi Kaushik are currently looking forward to the theatrical release of his Tollywood Bengali movies "Palash Pur Du Mile" and “Mallick Bari".