Don't weigh or watch, just eat!
Interested in eating the food Satish Kaushik does? Walk across to Khana Unlimited, his very own vegetarian restaurant in New Delhi. ANUJ KUMAR has a bite.
Satish Kaushik at the preview of his restaurant Khana Unlimited in New Delhi's Connaught Place. Photo: Sandeep Saxena.
FINALLY, SATISH Kaushik is into a business he apparently looks fit for. Known for giving unlimited peals of laughter, Satish now offers Khana Unlimited at New Delhi's Connaught Place.
"Certainly, my figure always gives the impression that I am a cook or a great lover of food. Yes, I know cooking and I adore Indian food. In fact, I was looking for an opportunity to open a restaurant for a long time. Fortunately my concept gelled with my partner Manoj Mittal and we decided to go ahead."
Explaining the concept Satish says, "The place will offer unlimited food for just Rs.99. Only for cold drinks and desserts you have to pay extra for a second serving." Calling it an attempt to return something back to the city, which made him, a product of Kirori Mal College and National School of Drama, Satish says the idea is to reach out to masses with home-like food presented in a stylish way in a colourful ambience. "As I come from the entertainment industry, the place will be decked with posters of forthcoming films irrespective of the production house and we won't charge anything for it. We will also put an itinerary of forthcoming cultural events in the city and offer some space to artists to display their work."
Stars to shine
He promises stars will keep on twinkling in his restaurant as well. Known for his romantic films, Satish says he is essentially a romantic person in romance with life and Delhi is one of the priorities. "Delhi is always on my mind. My every film has some portions shot in Delhi. But I love the unalloyed, compassionate Delhi of the yore. Not the page 3 kind of crowd. We have taken proper care in deciding the menu." However, if somebody wants to test food beyond the unlimited plan, Satish has options for him as well.
With Vaada showing some promise, director Satish, known as the master trainer - ask Tusshar, ask Bhumika or even Salman for that matter - who can make even timber perform has consolidated his position.
"People were saying Arjun and Zayed can't act but the results have shown otherwise." However, he maintains this doesn't mean anybody can act. "Today every tenth person thinks he can act," grins Satish who was one of the judges in the Zee T.V.'s Cinestars Ki Khoj. "The concept is good but it needs to be polished. People should not take acting as an easy profession. It is bhakti, it is tapsaya for which you have to devote a considerable part of your life."
Talking about the voting pattern in these shows where the final decision is left to audience, Satish reveals, "Judges also played a considerable part in selecting the final winners. Audience had rejected the eventual winner Aditi quite early. It were the judges who impressed upon the audience that natural performance is much more important for an actress than acting."
Meanwhile after Calcutta Mail, we are missing Satish, the actor.
Why doesn't he write something for himself? "That will look selfish." That's Satish unlimited.
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