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Cashier Turned Bollywood Veteran: 5 Unknown Facts About Late Actor Satish Kaushik

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Veteran actor Satish Kaushik was pronounced dead on March 9, after succumbing to a heart attack in Gurugram. The news of the 66-year-old's death came via a Twitter post by his actor pal Anupam Kher. Kaushik's last social media post was one from the Holi celebrations at Javed Akhtar’s residence in Mumbai. Here are a few unknown facts about him:

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Cashier At A Textile MillMuch like most success stories, Kaushik too had a humble start. In 1979, when the actor first set foot in Mumbai, he took on a job as a cashier in a textile mill to make ends meet. The job paid him all of rs. 400 as a monthly wage. It reportedly took him a year to attain stability.

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Breakthrough At Prithvi TheatreIn an earlier interview, the late actor claimed that it all began at Prithvi Theatre, a venue he'd frequent post-work hours. Soon, he signed up to be a part of plays and the side hustle eventually led him to where he always belonged— the movies. 

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Started Off As A DirectorKaushik started out as a director for the 1993 film, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja. The movie tanked at the box office and was considered a big flop. His second film Prem in 1995 also ended up as a box office disaster.

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Unforgettable Movie RolesKnown for his stellar comic timing, some of his most memorable movie roles are as Calendar in Mr. India, Pappu Pager in Deewana Mastana, and Kashiram in Ram Lakhan and the like. Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming movie, Emergency marks his last contribution to Indian cinema. 

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Notable Roles In Television ShowsIn 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Kaushik jumped on the OTT bandwagon much like most of his peers. His recent releases like Scam 1992 (2020) to Guilty Minds (2022) turned out to be huge successes.