A native of Delhi, India, and a graduate of Kirori Mal College, Satish Kaushik enjoyed frequent Bollywood acting roles interspersed with occasional directing assignments. He first bowed onscreen as an actor with Shekhar Kapur's 1983 Masoom, then followed it up with similar parts in such features as Kundan Shah's Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) and Dayal Nihalani's Guru Dakshina (1986), before making his entrée into directing in the adult-themed romantic comedy-drama Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993), and subsequently alternating between work before the camera and behind it. Later directorial credits included the 1999 Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, the 2005 Vaada, and the 2006 Shaadi Se Pehle; while subsequent acting highlights included Wajahh: A Reason to Kill (2004) and Umar (2006). In 2007, Kaushik signed for a starring role as the husband in an arranged marriage in director Sarah Gavron's drama Brick Lane. Though not primarily a scribe, Kaushik did author the script for the 2006 Shaadi Se Pehle.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Made his acting debut in Masoom (1983), on which he also worked as assistant director to Shekhar Kapoor.
- Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993) was his first film as a director, as he took over when Shekhar Kapur abandoned the project.
- Won the Filmfare Best Comedian Award twice, for his performance in Ram Lakhan (1989) and Saajan Chale Sasural (1996).
- Along with his former NSD class-mate he co-founded the film company Karol Bagh Productions.
- Partnered with the real estate company Parsavnath in the Chandigarh Film City project, which had to be abandoned after the company was found to be guilty of foul play.