Hav­ing no set image helped: Dalip ‘Madan Cho­pra’ Tahil

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Rishabh Suri

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.

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