Surviving merely on a fellowship given by Punjabi University Patiala, the stalwart actor Satish Kaul, who had ruled the hearts and 70 mm screens of Punjabi cinema for over five decades, is today struggling to make his comeback.
"All the big names of Pollywood, including Bhagwant Mann, Priti Sapru and Binnu Dhillion had made tall claims to get me back into the industry. They had assured me big dreams of hitting the screens again however I haven't heard a word from them, rather they even refuse to attend my calls now," whined Satish.
The actor who had once lived a luxurious life is presently living under the roof of a hostel. His prized possessions include an old rugged bag which he clings to his shoulder, worn out shoes that narrate his heart-breaking tale of survival and an old phone whose phonebook is filled with contacts of all leading actors, singers and directors of the industry but barely rings.
With a little quiver in his voice he said, "The stars of today should not forget that age comes to all, everybody has to grow old. My aging has nothing to do with my acting ability."
He said that it is way easier to get in touch with 'Big B', rather than Pollywood actors. The 76-year-old stalwart alleged that the Punjab government has turned its back on him.
"In 2009, I opened an acting school in Ludhiana, on request of Punjab government, which soon was shut down due to financial crunch, same year I was given a lifetime achievement award by a Punjabi Channel owned by a senior politician, however after that nobody acknowledged my work and neither credited me" he said.
"My life took a turmoil end when I sacrificed my flourishing career in Mumbai to get back to Punjab to groom raw talent," the actor rued.
The Kashmiri Pandits alleged that there was monopoly prevailing in the booming Punjabi industry due to which he was being forced to beg for roles despite having acted in almost 300 films, including many in Hindi.
He has acted along with Bollywood superstars Dalip Kumar, Dev Anand and Dharmendra. The actor said that he wanted to play the role of father of new prodigy of actors and was ready to even audition for it, provided the directors were willing to cast him.