Hailed as Amitabh Bachchan of Punjabi cinema, Satish Kaul catapulted to fame as Lord Indra in B R Chopra's iconic Mahabharat. Today, as the young generation is witnessing the phenomenon yet again with the re-runs of shows in the '80s and '90s due to the lockdown, Mr. Kaul is sailing through a tough phase. The actor who worked in over 300 Punjabi and Hindi films is in need of financial support and is suffering from numerous health issues. Staying in Ludhiana in a small rental place, Mr. Kaul expressed his plight during an interview with the media. He mentioned that the ongoing lockdown has added to misery as he is struggling with medicines and other basic needs. Asking the industry for help, Mr. Kaul told that similar to the love he received as an actor, he needs attention as a human in need.
"I’m staying in a small rented place in Ludhiana. I was staying in an old age home earlier but then I’m here at this place with my good samaritan Satya Devi. My health is ok, I’m doing fine but the lockdown has made matters worse. I’m struggling for medicines, groceries and basic needs. I appeal to the industry people to help me. I got so much love as an actor, I need some attention now as a human in need," Mr. Kaul told.
Mr. Kaul, who shifted base to Punjab from Mumbai in 2011, started his own acting class. However, it didn't prove to be a profitable venture. "It came to a halt and whatever work I was doing later was affected after I fractured my hip bone in 2015. For two and a half years, I was bed-ridden in the hospital. Then I had to check in to an old age home where I stayed for two years," he added.
Thanking people for the love they gave him during Mahabharat, Mr. Kaul expressed his desire to buy a decent house and said the fire to act is still alive in him. "It’s ok if they’ve forgotten me. I got so much of love and I’m grateful. I will forever be indebted to the audience for that. Right now, I wish I am able to buy a decent place of my own where I can stay. The fire to act is still alive in me. It isn’t over. I wish someone gives me a role even today, any role, and I would do it. I’m raring to act again," Mr. Kaul said.