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Satish Kaushik recalls how he won the 'Calendar' role in MR. INDIA

April 12, 2014 12:56:23 PM IST
updated May 31, 2014 9:49:54 AM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Satish Kaushik, in a career spanning over three decades has done many films as an actor, director and producer but he has been immortalized in the role of 'Calendar' that he performed way back in 1987 in Mr. INDIA. Even today he is better recognized not by his name but as 'Calendar'. Satish Kaushik turns 58 on April, 13. Glamsham.Com wishes him birthday greetings and discovers how Satish won the coveted role of Calendar.


Satish Kaushik had a bug for acting and direction since his younger days. Hence he joined National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi and after graduation in 1978, he even joined Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, to master the finer nuances of film making.

However, despite immense talent he had to struggle tooth and nail in Mumbai. Eventually lady luck smiled when he got the opportunity to assist Shekhar Kapoor in MASOOM. Later, when Shekhar Kapoor began MR. INDIA, Satish was his associate director.

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Once while discussing with Javed Akhtar about the cook's role in the movie, Satish expressed his desire to portray the character and also gave imputes to make the character interesting and funny. Recalling the incident, Satish in an interview said, ''When Salim-Javed narrated the character of the cook I was fascinated to play the role. In those days a Pakistan serial, AANGAN TEDA, was making waves. The highlight of the serial was a domestic servant, whose witty line and feminine strides were hugely appreciated. Hence I was inspired to portray a similar role.''

He continues, ''Soon after hearing the narration I instantly acted the part in front of Shekhar and Javed Sahab, watching me both went into peals of laughter.''

He adds, ''Further the name Calendar was also my suggestion as I had seen a person who used the pet line Calendar in his each sentence. Salim-Javed found the name unique and amusing and rest is history.''

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