Satish Chandra Kaushik (13 April 1956 – 9 March 2023) was an Indian actor, director, producer, comedian,editor and screenwriter. He found his fame in Bollywood with Mr India starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Amrish Puri, where he played the iconic character of a cook named Calendar. He was also an Assistant Director in the film.[1]

Satish Kaushik
Kaushik in 2017
Satish Chandra Kaushik

(1956-04-13)13 April 1956
Died9 March 2023(2023-03-09) (aged 66)
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
  • screenwriter
  • comedian
Years active1981–2023
Shashi Kaushik
(m. 1985)

Early life


Kaushik was born in Mahendragarh, Haryana on 13 April 1956 into a Gaur Brahmin family.[2] He graduated from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in 1972.[3] He was an alumnus of National School of Drama and Film and Television Institute of India.[4]



As a film actor, he was noted for his roles as "Calendar" in Mr. India,[5] as Pappu Pager in Deewana Mastana, and as "Chanu Ahmed" in Sarah Gavron's British film Brick Lane (2007). He won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award twice: in 1990 for Ram Lakhan and in 1997 for Saajan Chale Sasural.[6]

As a theatre actor, his most noted role was that of "Willy Loman" in the Hindi-language play, Salesman Ramlal, an adaptation of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.[7] Kaushik wrote dialogues for Kundan Shah's comedy classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983).[8] His 2009 film Teree Sang, starring Ruslaan Mumtaz and Sheena Shahabadi, explores issues of teen pregnancy.[9] His first film as a director was Sridevi's Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993). His second was Prem (1995), which was supposed to be Tabu's inaugural film. Both were box office disasters.[10] He continued to make films and got his first hit with Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain in 1999.

He co-wrote and anchored a TV countdown show, Top Ten, for which he won the Screen Videocon Award.[11] In 2005, Kaushik directed Arjun Rampal, Amisha Patel, and Zayed Khan in Vaada.[12] In 2007 Kaushik, together with Anupam Kher, who had been his classmate at NSD, launched a new film company called Karol Bagh Productions.[13] Their first film, Teree Sang, was directed by Satish Kaushik.[14]

His next work was to be based on the life of Tansen, in which the role of Tansen will be played by Abhishek Bachchan, and the soundtrack will be composed by Ravindra Jain; the script for the film is still being finished.[15] Kaushik was working to promote Haryana's film industry, and was committed to making several films there.[16]

Chandigarh film city project


Kaushik was a partner in the Chandigarh film city project with real estate company Parsavnath Developers.[17] They bought a 30-acre (12 ha) plot in Sarangpur Village, Chandigarh for little money, but they were forced to give up the project after foul play was exposed by media.[18][19][20]

Personal life and death


Kaushik married Shashi in 1985.[21] Their son Shanu, died in 1996 at age two.[22] In 2012, their daughter was born through a surrogate mother.[23]

Kaushik died of a heart attack in Gurugram on 9 March 2023, at the age of 66.[24][25] In his last Instagram post, he was seen celebrating Holi 2023 at the house of Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi.[26]




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  8. ^ "Satish Kaushik: A Man Of Many Talents - In Memoriam". The Economic Times. Retrieved 13 March 2023.
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  11. ^ "Satish Kaushik death: Celevs pay their last respects to Tere Naam director before funeral". Lokmat Times. 9 March 2023.
  12. ^ "VaadaU". The Times of India. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
  13. ^ NSD Graduates Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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  15. ^ Runna Ashish Bhutda (20 October 2008). "Abhishek to play Tansen". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
  16. ^ Saini, Ravinder (9 March 2023). "Haryanvi film artistes shocked at Satish Kaushik's death". Tribune India.
  17. ^ Sharma, Pradeep (7 January 2009). "Satish Kaushik threatens to move court". Tribune India.
  18. ^ "Satish Kaushik Tries to Save Parsavnath from Penalty in Chandigarh Film City project" Archived 20 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Merachanigar
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  20. ^ "Filmcity: Satish Kaushik cries foul, Admn says nothing to do with him". The Indian Express. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2023.
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  23. ^ Subhash K. Jha (4 August 2012). "Satish Kaushik rediscovers fatherhood after 16 years". Times of India. Archived from the original on 20 May 2022. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  24. ^ "Satish Kaushik dies of a heart attack at 66, body to be brought to Mumbai after postmortem". The Indian Express.
  25. ^ "Satish Kaushik: Bollywood actor-filmmaker dies at 66". BBC news. 9 March 2023. Archived from the original on 9 March 2023. Retrieved 9 March 2023.
  26. ^ "Satish Kaushik Dies at 66: Actor-Director's Last Insta Post Was Pics of Him Celebrating Holi 2023 at Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi's House With Ali Fazal, Richa Chadha and Mahima Chaudhry in juhu, Mumbai". Latestly. 9 March 2023. Archived from the original on 9 March 2023. Retrieved 9 March 2023.