Actor Satish Shah expressed about the time he had to struggle to get films on the celebrity chat show Aur Ek Kahani hosted by Komal Nahta. The Sarabhai vs Sarabhai actor graduated from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He said that “When I would say that I have come from the institute, I would get a bit of respect, but that’s about it. There was no other advantage whatsoever. It was a time when actors would be selected after their black and white pictures were seen, and that wouldn’t work for me as I was not that good looking. They wouldn’t think that I am the new Shammi Kapoor, and I was aware of it. I had not come to become a hero”.
He shared an interesting information about Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron (1983) which is now considered a cult classic and said that “Those days the budget of a film would be very less. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’s budget was about 8 lakhs, so you can imagine how much I must be paid. I used to get cheques with amounts like Rs 50. and Rs. 100 rupees. I used to get it in installments”.
The actor is known for the best performance in the Doordarshan show Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi (1984), directed by Kundan Shah and Manjul Sinha. He told that “actually changed my life, and there has been no looking back since. There was a trail of films after that. The funny part is, in those days producers and directors used to think that if an actor doesn’t have dates, they are a hit. The more films you signed, the bigger the star you were. I would find it very funny that they ran behind stars who didn’t have dates and not those who were available”.