He’s part of legendary theatre personality Pandit Satyadev Dubey’s family, but young Satyajeet Dubey, who made his Bollywood debut with the Shah Rukh Khan production, Always Kabhi Kabhi (AKK), insists he has achieved everything in showbiz on his own. “First of all, Satyadevji is my grandfather’s younger brother and not my grandfather,” says Satyajeet, reacting to reports that stated otherwise. “I never saw him till I turned 20. So, there’s a huge communication gap. In fact, we met only around a year ago.”Satyajeet apparently, very recently found out that he has a relative, who is a great actor. "I’ve achieved everything on my own. I feel that whenever you achieve things in life, people start looking for connections. But nothing can take credit away from me," he says. For those who came in late, Satyadev Dubey, a theatre actor and screenwriter, has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan this year. Besides the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi award, he also won the 1978 National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Shyam Benegal’s Bhumika.
“I meet him may be once in a month or two, but not very often. When I first came to Mumbai, he had told me, ‘I can’t help you in your film career. You have to make your own space’. He is a legend, but his life and people around him are very practical,” he says.
In fact, Satyajeet gives the credit for his big debut to Shaheen, wife of AKK director Roshan Abbas. “I was doing a lot of ads that time, when Roshan sir’s wife spotted me. I had already given around 127 auditions and nothing was working out,” says Satyajeet.
Later, he met Roshan, who was looking for a young boy to cast in AKK. “He found me perfect for the role. Later, after a few rounds of auditions, I got the film,” says the Bilaspur lad, who worked in a call centre and did other odd jobs including assisting on fashion shows to support himself in Mumbai.