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Actor-director Satish Kaushik passed away. hindi movie news – Usky News

New Delhi: Actor-director Satish Kaushik, whose impeccable comic timing created the lovable onscreen character, Calendar, in ‘Mr India’ (1987), and who earned praise for his powerhouse performance of ‘Salesman Ramlal’, the Arthur Miller Hindi adaptation of the play. Salesman’s death, passed away on Thursday. He was 66 years old.
The actor complained of breathlessness late on Thursday night and was taken to Fortis Hospital in Gurugram, his manager Santosh Rai told ANI. Sources speaking to TOI said that he was brought to the hospital around 12.30 am and was declared dead on arrival. The postmortem report states that “cardiac arrest” was the cause of death, said ANI.

Just two days back, on Tuesday, the actor posted all-smiling pictures of himself celebrating Holi with writer Javed Akhtar and newly married actor-couple Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal.
In his social media post, director Sudhir Mishra described Kaushik as a “fantastic actor”. brilliant mind. Sense of humor like very few people. A life well spent but there was still more to come. Seeing the actor in the desert thriller ‘Thar’ (2022), where he played a tired but wise cop, few would disagree.

Kaushik’s best-remembered comic roles came in David Dhawan’s films, where his fiery exchanges with Govinda brought the house down. Contract killer Pappu Pager in ‘Deewana Mastana’; the talkative Bhopali who sells stolen goods, and says “Kasam Udaan Jhalle Ki” at the drop of a hat in ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan’; And the tabla players in ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’ — they were all very funny. Saajan… earned him his first full-fledged Filmfare Award for Best Actor in a Comic Role; He shared the former with Anupam Kher for Ram Lakhan.

But it was Calendar, the affable cook, who sang the parody ‘Mera naam hai Calendar, main chala kitchen ke insider’ in the blockbuster ‘Mr India’, that most vividly reminds one. Even today kids are uploaded on youtube shouting “calendar, khana lao”.

Kaushik also featured in the enjoyable dark comedy, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, co-writing with Ranjit Kapoor. In a 2018 interview to TOI, Kaushik recalled how the writers were stuck for a suitable climax when they created dozens of old epics based on characters from ‘Mahabharata’, ‘Ramayana’, the Mughal Empire, even the English classics. Saw Amar Chitra Katha. a pavement stall. “An idea immediately came to my mind – why not make a potpourri of all these stories?”, he recalled. Calls and sessions followed. The scene was written. A classic was born.

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He did not shy away from playing negative characters. Notably, the actor played an obnoxious husband in ‘Bricklane’ (2007), a film based on Monica Ali’s award-winning novel about a young Bangladeshi woman in 1980s London.

But such roles were rare in films. Theater gave him more brain parts. Kaushik played Ramlal, the local version of Willy Loman, the unstable hero who oscillates between memory and fantasy in Miller’s unforgettable drama. “I have seen many versions of the play. But whenever I think of Death of a Salesman, Satish Kaushik’s performance is the first thing that comes to mind. He lived the character and made it his own. The play was directed by renowned theater director Firoz Abbas Khan.

Kaushik was born in Mahendragarh (then in eastern Punjab, now in Haryana) and grew up in bustling Karol Bagh in New Delhi. The actor later named his film production company after the locality. His father, according to film critic Mayank Shekhar, sold Harrison locks, a well-known brand in northern India in the 1970s. Kaushik went to Kirori Mal College in Delhi, where he took his initial steps in acting. Later he joined NSD. Kaushik maintained his ties with his alma mater, and reports say he was keen to restore the college’s auditorium.

In Mumbai, Kaushik initially struggled to make an impact in commercial films. ‘Mr India’ changed that. Kaushik was also the associate director of the film, which was produced by Surinder and Boney Kapoor. As a director, he was to forge a long collaborative relationship with Boney, directing the big-budget crime film Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and the youth-love story Prem, starring a very young Tabu and Sanjay Kapoor was in the lead role. the actors. Both the films were flops. But Kaushik, the director, was not deterred by a major box office success, Salman Khan’s Tere Naam (2003), a remake of a Tamil film.

The death of the actor was widely condoled. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, UP CM Yogi Aditya Nath and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot condoled his death. Those who worked with him in the film industry spoke of his humility, warmth and generosity of spirit. Among others, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Salman Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Raj Babbar, Anupam Kher and Kangana Ranaut (who directed him in the upcoming ‘Emergency’) offered their condolences. Actor Yashpal Sharma wrote how Kaushik wanted to promote Haryanvi cinema across the state.

‘Mr India’ director Shekhar Kapur said on Twitter, ‘Like a part of the story of my life is gone. Mine got a little wet. Leaving a huge gap. Thank god for your stories, our stories together Satish. They will keep you alive in my heart forever. His fans would also have the same opinion.

(With inputs from Ipsita Pati, Gurugram)

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