Happy Birthday Tom Alter: Interesting Facts About Bollywood's 'Firangi' Actor

On the special occasion of Tom Alter's birthday, today we introduce you to some special things related to Bollywood Veteran.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Jun 22, 2021 13:20 IST
Happy Birthday Tom Alter: Interesting Facts About Bollywood's 'Firangi' Actor
Happy Birthday Tom Alter

Bollywood actress Tom Alter played the character of a white male in many films and serials but he was a full Hindustani at heart like all of us. He worked in many Indian films during his film career. The exotic-looking Tom Alter was actually of Indian origin. Tom Alter was born on 22 June 1950 in Mussoorie, Dehradun. On the special occasion of Tom Alter's birthday, today we introduce you to some special things related to him.

Tom Alter worked in more than 300 films throughout his film journey. He also acted in Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Telugu, and Tamil language films. Tom Alter started his film journey in the year 1976 with Ramanand Sagar's film Charas. After this, he worked with many great actors and directors.

The reason why Tom Alter made his acting debut is also quite interesting. Actually, he was fond of watching Hindi movies. Once he went to see Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore's film Aaradha with a friend. Rajesh Khanna's performance in this film inspired Tom Alter and he decided to enroll in FTII, Pune. Otherwise, he was earlier a teacher in a school in Haryana.

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Tom Alter also worked in the film of Indian cinema great filmmaker Satyajit Ray. He was seen in the film Chess Ke Khiladi in the year 1977. Directed by Satyajit Ray, the film was based on a short story by Munshi Prem Chand. Tom Alter's great movies were Kranti, Gandhi, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Desh-Pardes, Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro, Karma, Parinda, Aashiqui, Junoon, Parinda, Veer-Zaara, Mangal Pandey. Apart from this, he also appeared in many small screen serials.

He was associated with theater towards the end of his life. Tom Alter also emerged as a big name in the theater field. Despite being brought up in a foreign family, his Hindi and Urdu language were quite clear. At the same time, very few people will know that Tom Alter is also the person who took the first interview of the Indian cricket team great Sachin Tendulkar for TV. At that time Sachin was at the beginning of his legendary career.

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Tom was very fond of reading books. It is said that he never carried a phone with him but always had a book in his hand. When he got time, he used to read books. His last short film was titled 'Kitab' in which he was seen playing the role of an old librarian. In 2008, Tom Alter was awarded the Padma Shri award. He left this world saying goodbye on 29 September 2017. He was suffering from skin cancer.    

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