Actor Anil Kapoor shared a close bond with late actor-filmmaker Satish Kaushik, who passed away last month due to a cardiac arrest. The actor recently paid tribute to his late friend on the occasion of his 67th birth anniversary. Speaking at the ‘Satish Kaushik Night’, organised by Anupam Kher, Anil Kapoor recalled how the late actor was not well even during the shoot of their last film together, Thar (2022).
During the shoot of the Netflix film, Kapoor would advise Kaushik to take rest and come to shoot only when he feels well. “When we were shooting for Thar, I could feel that he was not well. I was so emotionally attached to him. I used to tell him, ‘You come at your convenience. You should relax, and take a break.’ He would tell me he is feeling acidic, and I always told him to take his time.”
But Kaushik was so ‘passionate’ about the work that he used to turn up on the set despite being told to rest. Kapoor added, “But then he turned up on the set. I asked him, ‘Weren’t you taking rest?’ And he jokingly responded, ‘I was scared you would remove my scene. Now I feel better’.”
Satish Kaushik died after suffering a heart attack when he was in Delhi. Kaushik was visiting his friend in Gurugram when his health deteriorated and he asked his driver to take him to the hospital. However, he suffered a heart attack in the car and could not be resuscitated.
Anil Kapoor also shared how he would miss his morning calls with Kaushik and would not have anyone to talk ill about Anupam Kher. The Ram Lakhan actor shared how he and Kaushik became friends after working together in the 1983 film Woh 7 Din. Kaushik only had one scene in the movie.
Kapoor shared, “I had watched one of his plays called Bicchoo in Prithvi Theatre. I found him to be a great actor and suggested his name to Boney. He came to do a scene in Woh 7 Din. When Naseer sahab (Naseeruddin Shah) saw him, he fired him saying, ‘Why are you doing just one scene here?’ But he still did it and from there our friendship started. Until today, we are friends.”
Anil Kapoor also says that Kaushik was scared of him too. “He was scared of me. He knew if I saw him, I would scold him. So, he used to tuck his T-shirt in whenever he came to my house. He used to ask me, ‘Kapoor sahab, see I have lost weight na?’ Then he would pick the unhealthiest food option from the table. He was so fond of eating,” Kapoor recalled.