Having no set image helped: Dalip ‘Madan Chopra’ Tahil
Aamir Khan’s dad in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Madan Chopra in Baazigar (1993), Malik in Kaho Naa.. Pyaar Hai (2000), and Salman Khan’s father in Judwaa (1997) — actor Dalip Tahil (right) has played all these roles and many more in his Bollywood career of 43 years.
The 64-year-old reveals that initially he didn’t even want to be a part of the industry. “I was not aiming for a career in films. It was director Shyam Benegal, who spotted me in a play in my younger days and cast me in his film Ankur (1974), as the friend of the hero. After that, I did all sorts of roles — as a villain or in comedies,” says Tahil.
Having worked with almost all top actors of the industry, Tahil says that he was never bothered that he only received supporting role offers. “I have no image and that is why the audience have accepted me. When I got a chance to play Aamir’s dad in QSQT, for not even a minute, did I think that I wouldn’t play a father on-screen. If I find substance in the part, I do it.” He will next be seen in the upcoming film Umeed, which is based on the subject of unethical medical testing on children.