Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Bollywood film fraternity and the entire nation mourned the sudden death of actor Satish Kaushik on March 9 after a massive cardiac arrest. The late actor is remembered for his stellar performance onscreen and comedy timing. Moreover, as a director and writer, he has served several blockbuster movies including Salman Khan’s Tere Naam.

Here we bring a sensitive yet funny story of Satish Kaushik soon after he made his directorial debut.

Actor Satish made his directorial debut 30 years back with Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever and Jacky Shroff in a special extended role. Produced by Boney Kapoor, the movie completes 30 years today. 

Walking down the lane of memories and remembering his friend Satish, the ‘Evergreen Enigma of the Entertainment Industry’ Anil Kapoor shared a bunch of pictures featuring Sridevi, Boney Kapoor and Satish along with others. 

Anil shared the pictures with a caption reading: A film that might have not done well at the box office but was made with all heart…directed by my friend Satish…30 years ago….the songs and the train robbery were brilliantly shot by my friend... I believe every project is a learning experience and a cherished one! #30yearsofRoopKiRaniChoronKaRaja.

Back in the 80s, producer Boney Kapoor first signed Satish for a fee of Rs 201. However, Anil insisted on hiking his fee stating him (Satish) as a fine artist. The signing amount of the National School of Drama pass-out was hiked to Rs 500. 

With time, Satish and Boney developed a strong friendship and the producer entrusted him to direct Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja. Prior to that, Satish had assisted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur in two iconic films – Masoom and Mr India.

However, his directorial debut was a misery and the movie tanked at the box office. Later, Satish was also signed to direct Prem to launch Boney’s brother Sanjay Kapoor. The films incurred a loss of Rs 50 crore and Boney almost went bankrupt. After these big debacles, Boney was in huge debt. 

25 years later in an interview, Satish apologized to his friend (Boney) for those unfortunate and hard days. 

Confessing the debacle of the movies, Satish said that he wanted to commit suicide but backed off owing to a funny reason. As Satish narrated, he was staying in a hotel and wanted to jump out of the window. But, he was staying on the first floor.

During the interview with Mumbai Mirror, the actor was quoted as saying, “I was newly married and even my wife was fed up. If I would have humped out of the window, nothing would have happened, as I was on the first floor.”

Further, he added, “The dinner table was set on the ground floor. If I had jumped I would have landed on Bhindi Ki Sabzi and people would have made fun of that as well.”

Linked to the debacle of the Anil-Sridevi starrer, Boney also had a funny tale to narrate.  As per Boney, before Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’s third premiere in Hyderabad, he learnt that the movie bombed at the box office. 

“Satish, Sridevi and I were in a car and on our way to attend the screening. Sri asked me how is the film doing and I replied with a blank face- ‘The film has flopped. It has been rejected.’ The next thing I saw was Satish hit the windscreen and started crying. I asked him to calm down as there would be more movies to come but he kept howling,” said Boney.

Though his initial phase as a director didn’t work, he has directed several memorable movies like Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, Tere Naam, Kyon Ki and Teree Sang.