Satish Kaushik: Bollywood remembers a versatile actor, writer, director and producer


Over the years, Satish established himself as one of the most sought-after character actors in Bollywood, often playing supporting roles that were integral to the plot.

Our Bureau
New Delhi/Mumbai

Well-known Bollywood personality Satish Kaushik died on Wednesday night at the age of 66 years. Kaushik was a versatile actor, writer, director and producer, who made his mark in the Indian film industry with his captivating performances and unique sense of humour. He gained recognition in the 1980s and 1990s for his work in popular films such as ‘Mr India’, ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’, and ‘Judaai’.

Over the years, Satish established himself as one of the most sought-after character actors in Bollywood, often playing supporting roles that were integral to the plot. He was also known for his work as a writer and director, having directed films such as ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’ and ‘Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain’.

On Thursday, a host of Bollywood celebrities arrived at late actor Satish Kaushik’s residence to pay respects to him and the bereaved family.

Among those who paid first visits were the late actor’s close friends Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar and Boney Kapoor. Farhan Akhtar, Shilpa Shetty, Pankaj Tripathi, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Anu Malik, Abhishek Bachchan, Ishaan Khatter, David Dhawan, and Rakhi Sawant were also spotted outside the late actor’s residence.

Satish Kaushik was visiting a friend in the national capital when he suffered a cardiac arrest. The mortal remains of the late actor were brought to Mumbai earlier on Thursday for the final rites.

A day after the demise of renowned Film Producer, Director Satish Kaushik, actor-turned politician Raj Babbar on Thursday expressed shock and said that he lost his younger brother. Babbar said, “I have lost my younger brother today. My family is in deep mourning to hear this sad news because for decades Satish Kaushik was a part of my family.”

“Satish was an actor, producer, director and also a splendid person,” he added.

“This is a big loss for Bollywood because he was a person who was an expert in every art of filmmaking,” Babbar said.

Actor-turned politician, Raj Babbar said, “Our daughter Juhi Babbar used to call Satish Kaushik ‘Uncle’, and he loved her like his own daughter. Satish was not an actor to me; Satish was not just a companion at NSD (National School of Drama). What would be sadder than that I had to write an obituary for Satish today?”

“Great actor, great comic timing. I have spent a lot of time with him,” he added.

Actor Salman Khan, on Thursday, took to his social media and offered his heartfelt condolences over the demise of actor and director Satish Kaushik.

Taking to Twitter, Salman wrote, “Always loved cared n respected him n shall always remember him for the man that he was. May his soul rest in peace n strength to family n loved ones. #RIP Satish Ji.”

It’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. Actor Neena Gupta posted an emotional video on Thursday while she bade adieu to her dear friend Satish Kaushik.

Speaking in Hindi, Neena said in the video, “Friends, I woke up to a very sad news today. There’s only only one person in this world, who called me ‘Nancy’ and I used to call him ‘Kaushikan’. Our friendship goes back to college days in Delhi. Very old bond…Whether we met or not… He is no more. It’s very sad and scary. It’s tough time for his wife Shashi and little daughter Vanshika. May God give them strength to tide over this situation. I am always with them. What more can I say?”

Neena’s daughter Masaba Gupta shared a still featuring her mother, Satish and Pankaj Kapur (from the movie “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’). She wrote in the caption, “Rest in peace Kaushik uncle-you gave mom the greatest gift… Your kindness through all those years-will miss you.”

Neena in her autobiography, ‘Sach Kahun Toh’ revealed that Satish had proposed to her once when she was pregnant with Masaba, her daughter with the cricket legend Vivian Richards.

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