Shabana Azmi Reveals How Fried Potatoes And Brinjals Stopped Satish Kaushik From Committing Suicide

The iconic actress, Shabana Azmi opened up about the time when the late actor, Satish Kaushik wanted to commit suicide after one of his films failed at the box office.


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Shabana Azmi Reveals How Fried Potatoes And Brinjals Stopped Satish Kaushik From Committing Suicide

On April 13, 2023, it was the 67th birth anniversary of iconic actor, Satish Kaushik, and his close friend, Anupam Kher organised a musical night in his memory. The veteran actor invited several actors and actresses under one roof in order to remember the late actor on his birth anniversary. While the entire family of Satish Kaushik was there, celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, and many others were also present there. During the course of the musical night, Shabana took centre stage and shared her favourite memories of Satish Kaushik with everyone at the party.

Shabana Azmi recalled the time when Satish Kaushik wanted to commit suicide

The veteran actress, Shabana Azmi stated that her close friend, Satish Kaushik is one of the funniest men she met in her whole life. She admitted that he always wanted people to remember him with a smile and not tears. She was explaining how humour was in-built into his character. No matter how serious the situation is, Satish always used to find ways to make people laugh, making everyone’s life a little more bearable. Opening up about the same, Shabana recalled when Satish wanted to commit suicide after his film, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, flopped at the box office.

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Shabana Azmi admitted that it was one of the most depressing times of Satish Kaushik’s life, and there came the point when he decided to commit suicide. Recalling the incident, she revealed that one day Satish had decided that he should end his life and was finding ways to die. When the actor couldn’t find something less painful, he was standing on the balcony of the first floor, and when he looked down with the thought of committing suicide by jumping off the building, he saw that a party was going on. The actor saw potatoes and brinjals being fried, and he instantly declined the idea of jumping off the building as he thought that falling in hot oil would’ve been a terrible death. She said:

"After the film failed, he was a 'dukhi aatma'. and he had this feeling that, 'now I should die.’ He was on the first floor and when he looked down from there, because he was finding ways to commit suicide, there was a party going on. He saw potatoes and brinjals being fried. So, he was like, 'yaar main aloo baigan ke beech mein agar kud ke marr jaunga toh yeh kharab death hogi."

While recalling the same incident, Shabana Azmi started laughing with others, but also tears started rolling down her eyes. It was a painful moment for her and everyone present at the musical event, which was dedicated to Satish Kaushik. However, Shabana didn’t stop there and shared another hilarious incident from the late actor’s life that once again proved the mettle of Satish’s innocence and humourous side.

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Shabana Azmi recalled the time when Satish Kaushik took his X-ray reports to Shyam Benegal

Shabana Azmi shared another memorable incident from Satish Kaushik’s life that left everyone in splits. The veteran actress recalled the time when Satish took his X-ray reports to iconic filmmaker, Shyam Benegal and told him that he looked beautiful from the inside. Revealing how Shyam Benegal called Satish for a role in his film, Mandi (1983) and told him to bring some of his pictures and how Satish took his X-ray reports to him in order to show him that he was beautiful from the inside. Recalling the hilarious incident, Shabana said:

"Once, he walked out of a nursing home with his X-rays in his hand. That is when Shyam Benegal, who had heard from someone that Satish Kaushik is a great actor, called him. He told Satish to bring some of his photos and come to his house. Satish looked at the X-rays and joked, ‘Shyam babu, main X-ray bhej dunga, kyunki andar se main bohot khoobsurat hun."

It’s hard to accept the harsh truth that such a wonderful person and an exceptional actor, Satish Kaushik is no longer with us.

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