Tom Alter passes away…

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Veteran film, television and theatre actor and Padma Shri Tom Alter has died aged 67. The renowned actor and one-time sports writer and author had been battling stage four skin cancer.

Alter acted in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows, most famously as the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon which ran for a record five years during the 1990s. In addition to acting, Alter also ventured into direction and was a sports journalist in the 80s and 90s. He was the first person to interview Sachin Tendulkar for TV when the cricketer was yet to debut for India. Alter has written three books, one non-fiction and two fiction, and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government in recognition for his services to the field of arts and cinema.

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12 Responses to “Tom Alter passes away…”

  1. Most recently, he was seen in a pivotal role in the ongoing serial Rishton Ka Chakravyuh on Star Plus. I watch this serial where Narayani Shastri is the lead and I just wonder how he worked until his last breath.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/tom-alter-padma-shri-actor-and-writer-dies-aged-67/articleshow/60889109.cms

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  2. RIP. Too many memories one of the most prolific actors of India. 80s and early 90s for me wouldn’t be the same without this legend. Gone too soon.

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  3. Very, very sad :-‘( One of the best interviews ever.

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  4. Tom Alter’s interview with Sachin Tendulkar…

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  5. https://thereel.scroll.in/850292/tom-alter-1950-2017-the-actor-sports-lover-and-reciter-of-urdu-poetry

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    Alter studied at Woodstock School in Landor. He was initially more interested in sports rather than acting, and he preferred Hollywood films to Hindi cinema. It was in 1969, after his return from Yale University, where he had studied for a year, and during his employment as a teacher in Jagadhri, a town in Haryana, that he discovered Hindi films. There, he watched Aradhana, became a lifelong fan of Rajesh Khanna, and thereafter decided to become an actor.
    For a man who once wanted to “be like Rajesh Khanna”, Alter has had to clarify that he is not a foreigner time and again, though that never seemed to come in the way of his illustrious career in theatre. Cinema remained his first love. “I came to Bombay (Mumbai) to become Rajesh Khanna. I didn’t come to act on stage. Theatre isn’t secondary, but my passion lies in films,” Alter said earlier this year.

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  6. I can remember him dubut in charas,was amazed to see him speaking good hindi,very sad day.RIP

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  7. A legend with so much diverse interests & mastery over all of them, yet a very humble & modest person. RIP!!

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  9. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti….

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