Bollywood actor and director Satish Kaushik has died at the age of 66 in the Indian capital, Delhi.
His nephew Nishan Kaushik told BBC Hindi that the actor suffered a heart attack on Thursday morning.
He was traveling in a car at the time and was rushed to the hospital, where doctors said he died on arrival.
Kaushik has donned many hats in the Hindi film industry as an actor, producer, comedian and screenwriter.
His breakthrough role came in the 1987 film Mr India, where he played a chef named Calendar. The role displayed the comic timing for which he would later become known.
He played memorable characters in many other movies like Ram Lakhan, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro and Deewana Mastana.
He has also directed several films including Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Prem, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain and Tere Naam.
Born on 13 April 1956, Kaushik graduated from Kirori Mal College of Delhi University and went on to study at the National School of Drama.
He was active on Twitter, where he often shared memories of his career. In 2020, he posted a picture of his arrival in Mumbai in 1979 to become an actor – the tweet was met with an outpouring of love and affection.
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Many Bollywood stars and politicians have paid tribute to the actor.
Announcing the news on Twitter, actor Anupam Kher said life will never be the same without Kaushik, who has been friends with him for 45 years.
Director Subhash Ghai described him as “a man who always laughed even in the worst of crises and stood by anyone in their crisis.”
Home Minister Amit Shah said the actor would be remembered “for his contribution to Indian cinema, artistic creations and performances”.
Kaushik’s last appearance on the big screen will be in the upcoming period drama Emergency.
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