Noted Pun­jabi ac­tor lead­ing a mis­er­able life

HT Ludhiana Live - - In & Around - Tarsem Singh Deogan [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

For ail­ing vet­eran Bol­ly­wood ac­tor AK Hun­gal, su­per­star Amitabh Bachchan came as an an­gel.

How­ever, Satish Kaul, who was con­sid­ered as the Amitabh Bachchan of the Pun­jabi film in­dus­try, has been wait­ing for his mes­siah to bail him out of his mis­er­able life.

The vet­eran Pun­jabi ac­tor, Kaul, 75, has been lead­ing a mis­er­able life in a small ho­tel near the bus stand as he has no place of his and there is no one of his fam­ily to look af­ter him.

Many a time, he has to bor­row money from the peo­ple to pur­chase nec­es­sary medicines for his sur­vival.

All the money that he had earned dur­ing his ca­reer has been ex­hausted vir­tu­ally, leav­ing him with a scanty bank bal­ance.

He had started an act­ing school - Satish Kaul School of Act­ing - with a de­sire to teach act­ing to the youth of Pun­jab so that they do not have to face hard­ships if they plan to go to Mum­bai to work in Bol­ly­wood. It could be called an irony of fate that the school was shut down as the rent deed ex­pired.

Kaul, with his frail mem­ory, could not even re­mem­ber the day he sep­a­rated from his wife.

He just re­ceived an as­sur­ance from chief min­is­ter Parkash Singh Badal re­gard­ing help. “I do not blame him, as he is a busy man and may have for­got­ten about my pain. Even peo­ple who have watched my movies, don’t re­mem­ber me, let alone the chief min­is­ter,” he rued.

He said peo­ple make a hero out of a per­son, when he is at the peak of his ca­reer and for­gets him as soon as he wit­nesses a down­fall in his ca­reer.

Kaul was born on Septem­ber 26, 1937. He has acted in around 300 films that in­clude Hindi and Pun­jabi movies. He has acted with Bol­ly­wood su­per­stars - Dalip Ku­mar, Dev Anand and Dhar­min­der among oth­ers.

He had done his diploma in act­ing in 1970 from Film In­sti­tute of In­dia, Mum­bai. His fa­ther Mo­han Lal Kaul was the first direc­tor gen­eral of All-in­dia Do­or­dar­shan. His first Pun­jabi film was “Morni” with ac­tress Radha Saluja. Some of his most pop­u­lar Pun­jabi films were “Lachhi”, “DO Posti”, “Veera”, “Rano Dhee Rani”, “Bhulekha”, “Vehra Lam­bra Da” and “Wo­hti Hath Sotti”.

“Prem Parbat”, “War­rant”, “Karma”, “Gu­naho Ka Faisla” and “Com­mando” are pop­u­lar Hindi films in which he has acted.

Satish Kaul was awarded the life­time achieve­ment award in 2011. A so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion - Lud­hi­ana Cit­i­zen Coun­cil - has taken an ini­tia­tive to help Kaul. The coun­cil has sub­mit­ted a VET­ERAN PUN­JABI AC­TOR SATISH KAUL, 75, HAS TO BOR­ROW MONEY TO PUR­CHASE NEC­ES­SARY MEDICINES FOR HIS SUR­VIVAL mem­o­ran­dum to ad­di­tional deputy com­mis­sioner Neeru Katyal Gupta to pro­vide him a room in se­nior cit­i­zen’s home so that he can live his old life gracefully.

Ac­cord­ing to Dar­shan Arora, chair­man of the coun­cil, and se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Ashok Dhir, Kaul has de­voted his life for the up­lift of Pun­jabi films. They also urged peo­ple to sup­port the renowned ac­tor.

On be­ing asked about what was the most mem­o­rable role he had played dur­ing his life, he said it was the role at present that he is play­ing in his real life. “I am bro­ken, but not down. This role has taught me a lot as I am alone with no one around but still lead­ing a re­spectable life,” he added.

GAU­RAV BA­JAJ/HT

Satish Kaul in a ho­tel room in Lud­hi­ana on Fri­day.

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