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Blue pills, Russian, Dawood! Udta Punjab actor Satish Kaushik’s death shrouded in mystery – Beyond Bollywood

A woman has written to Delhi police commissioner alleging that her husband Vikas Malu, who owed Kaushik Rs15 crore, could have killed the Udta Punjab actor by giving him some drug.

Satish Kaushik [1956-2023]

By Our Correspondent

At first, it seemed to be a natural death. However, few days later, a major controversy has erupted over the death of veteran actor Satish Kaushik.  This after one woman named Saanvi Malu, has written to Delhi police commissioner Sanjay Arora making stunning allegations that her husband Vikas could have killed the Udta Punjab [2016] actor.

A copy of her e-mail, sent through her advocate Rajender Chhabra, has appeared in a publication which has now raised serious suspicion over the veteran actor’s death in a Delhi farmhouse on 9 March. Kaushik was 66.

In her letter, Saanvi has claimed that her husband had taken Rs15 crore from Kaushik, as investment money. In August last year, Kaushik has visited the couple’s Dubai home where the actor had demanded that Malu returns his money as he was in need of it.  Vikas had sought time to return the money. When Saanvi asked her husband what money was Kaushik talking about, Vikas told her that he lost that money during Covid-19.

“This tharki (womaniser) had given 15 crore rupees which were lost during Covid,” Vikas allegedly told his wife. When the latter asked him what next, Vikas replied, “Saala tharki hai, kisi din Russian bula kar, Blue pills ki over dose de denge, to vaise hi mar jaayega. Ise kaun rupay vapas kar raha hai.”

(He is a womaniser. Someday, I’ll call a Russian (girl) and administer an over dose of Blue Pills. He would die of it. No one is returning his money)

Following Kaushik’s death, Saanvi has now reached out to Delhi police commissioner Sanjay Arora seeking action against her husband. Saanvi has also accused her husband of dealing in various drugs – cocaine, ganja, weed etc.  She has even alleged that her husband has links underworld don and fugitive Dawood Ibrahim and his son Anas.  Kaushik’s autopsy report is awaited but reportedly Delhi police is said to have found some mystery drugs at the farmhouse where Kaushik was staying.

Read the full e-mail below.

Copy of Saanvi Malu’s complaint to Delhi CP

Meanwhile, whilst speaking to some scribes, Satish Kaushik’s manager Santosh Rai had ruled out that the actor, filmmaker had consumed alcohol that night. Kaushik is said to have been staying in Vikas Malu’s farmhouse in Delhi.  The veteran actor’s lasy words to Rai was that he didn’t want to die. Sensing that his death was near, Kaushik urged Rai to take care of his wife and daughter.  

Kaushik was an industry veteran having acted in several films. He would also direct and produce films in the latter half of his life. His mysterious death, in particularly the suggestion (allegations) of drugs, sleaze has sent shockwaves across the industry.  In a long career, Kaushik has largely excelled in comic roles. However, he was much lauded for his intense act in Udta Punjab [2016] which took a strong stance against drug abuse in the state of Punjab. The film courted controversy in Punjab, and also ran in trouble with Central Board of Film Certification [CBFC].  Kaushik was among the host of industry stalwarts who had come out in support of the film slamming the high-handedness of then CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani.

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