Texas Studios’ Satarcha Salman (UA) is the story of an aspiring superstar. Arun (Makarand Deshpande) is a fan of Amitabh Bachchan. His wish to become a superstar remains unfulfilled, because of which he becomes the laughing stock of his village. He vows to make his son a superstar.

Amit (Suyog Gorhe) is Arun’s son. He does not like acting but a bit role in a film changes his perspective. A diehard Salman Khan fan, Amit now yearns to be a superstar himself. When Amit realises that his dream may remain unrealised in spite of his best efforts, he decides to end his life. But God has other plans for Amit. Anyway, Amit’s personal diary is found by Aniket (Aniket Vishwasrao) who himself is desirous of committing suicide. Does Amit ultimately become a screen superstar?

Hemant Dhome has written a story which is full of coincidences. Arun’s son, Amit, does not want to be an actor but just coincidentally, he has a change of mind. It is another coincidence that like his father, Amit’s dream of becoming a superstar remains unfulfilled. Another rather weird coincidence is that Aniket goes to meet Amit instead of committing suicide although Amit is unknown to him. It is such ridiculous coincidences which rob the story and screenplay (also penned by Hemant Dhome) of the seriousness associated with them and make the drama appear frivolous. The comedy, no doubt, is entertaining but the impact of the drama in totality is weak because of the frivolity. Hemant Dhome’s dialogues are quite good.

Suyog Gorhe performs ably as Amit. Akshay Tanksale is natural as Amit’s friend, Vicky. Sayali Sanjeev is okay as Madhuri. Shivani Surve is alright as Deepika. Makarand Deshpande lends good support as Arun. Kamlesh Sawant has his moments as Bhau. Anand Ingale makes his presence felt in the role of Madhuri’s father, Mohan. Jitendra Joshi leaves a mark in a tiny role as Raj. Madhav Abhyankar is alright in a brief role (of police inspector Bhosle). Aniket Vishwasrao is adequate as Aniket. Mahesh Manjrekar, Medha Manjrekar and Sai Tamhankar make their marks in tiny roles.

Hemant Dhome’s direction is fairly nice but the weak script is a dampner. Amitraj’s music is entertaining. Kshitij Patwardhan’s lyrics are quite nice. Song picturisations are eye-filling. Aditya Bedekar’s background music is appealing. Prasad Bhende does a reasonably good job of the cinematography. Shamim Khopkar’s art direction is alright. Editing (by Faisal Mahadik and Imran Mahadik) is sharp.

On the whole, Satarcha Salman remains a dull fare because of the script which looks too forced.

Released on 3-3-’23 at Plaza (daily 1 show) and other cinemas of Bombay thru Reliance Entertainment. Publicity & opening: poor.