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Satish Kaushik: The Man Who Chased His Bollywood Dreams From Delhi’s Karol Bagh to Mumbai’s Film Industry”

Satish Kaushik, a multi-talented Bollywood actor, producer, screenwriter and comedian, has passed away at the age of 66 in Delhi, India due to a heart attack. Kaushik was known for his iconic role as Calendar in the 1987 hit film Mr India, which propelled him to stardom. He played various memorable characters in many films, including Ram Lakhan, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, and Deewana Mastana.

Early Life and Career

Born on April 13, 1956, in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area, Satish Kaushik developed his love for theatre while studying at Kirori Mal College. He joined the National School of Drama and later the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, where he honed his skills and developed his Bollywood dreams. Despite being typecast in comedy roles due to his iconic Calendar character, Kaushik played serious roles and negative characters in many films, including Calcutta Mail.

A Versatile Filmmaker

Satish Kaushik directed and produced many super hit films, including Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Prem, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, and Tere Naam. He also directed several films on subjects that mattered to millions, with his last release as a director being Kaagaz (2021), the story of a man who was declared dead on paper by officials.

Legacy and Tributes

Despite facing stereotypes, Kaushik’s perseverance and unflinching love for cinema drove him, and he was known for being humble and always available for discussions on films, society, or food. Many Bollywood stars and politicians paid tribute to him, including Pankaj Tripathi, Anupam Kher, and Director Subhash Ghai. Home Minister Amit Shah also praised his contribution to Indian cinema, artistic creations, and performances.

Satish Kaushik’s passing is a significant loss for the Bollywood industry, and his contributions as an actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian will be remembered for years to come.

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