Bob Christo

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Bob Christo
Bob Christo.jpg
Born Robert John Christo
circa 1938
Died 20 March 2011 (aged 72)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Ethnicity Caucasian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–2003

Robert John Christo, popularly known as Bob Christo[1] (Hindi: बोब क्रिस्टो, Urdu: بوب چرِستو), was an Australian actor in Hindi films. Starting with Sanjay Khan's Abdullah (1980), he went on to act in over 200 Hindi films in the 80s and 90s, including Qurbani (1980), Kaalia (1981), Nastik (1983), Mard (1985), Mr India (1987), Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993) and Gumraah (1993), mostly playing roles as a henchman or an Army General.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Born in Sydney, Australia, Christo was a qualified Civil Engineer.[2] Known for his brawny physique and skinheaded look, Bob arrived in Mumbai, India whilst awaiting a work permit to expatriate to Muscat.[1] It is in Mumbai where he was introduced to Bollywood actress Parveen Babi[2] who enabled him his first steps into the world of Hindi films.

He received his first break, as a type-casted villain in the Hindi movie Abdullah in 1980.[3] Christo decided to stay in India and appeared in over 200 movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.[4] His film career had restricted him to typecasted roles as an antagonist to the main villain, or a British Indian army officer in pre-war related movies.

He had appeared in many of Amitabh Bachchan's hit movies in the 80's and early 90's including Mard, Kaalia, Geraftaar, Agneepath, Toofan, Jaadugar etc. to name a few. Amitabh Bachchan's famous dialogue 'Hum Jahan Khade hote hain line wahin se shuru hoti hai' (The queue starts from where I stand) was actully mouthed first by Bob Christo in the movie. It is only after him Bachchan says his lines.

During later stages of his life, he relocated to Bangalore in early 2000, where he started working as a Yoga instructor[5] and remained inactive from the Hindi movie industry from 2003. Partly due to how little is known about him and partly due to the number of movies in which he has appeared, Bob Christo has a cult following of sorts, with a website dedicated to him at bollybob. On 17 June 2008, Adil Ray officially announced, as part of the BBC Asian Network's Bollywood month, his intention to search for the legend, Bob. However, he was unsuccessful.

The 72-year-old actor died of "rupture of left ventricle valve" in Bangalore on 20 March 2011. Tributes poured from all over India.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
Aman Ke Farishtey 2003
Kasam 2001 John
Veer Savarkar 2001 William Hutt Curzon Wyllie
Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain 1999
Nyaydaata 1999
Agnichakra 1997
Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law 1997
Gupt: The Hidden Truth 1997 Boat organiser
Ram Aur Shyam 1996
Sarhad: The Border of Crime 1995
Prem 1995 British Officer
Paandav 1995
Kismat 1995
Insaaf Apne Lahoo Se 1994
Pathreela Raasta 1994
Aulad Ke Dushman 1993 Rexon Warner
Hum Hain Kamaal Ke 199 English Diamond Dealer
Gumrah 1993 Male cop in Hong Kong
Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja 1993 Mr. Donze
Aankhen 1993 Tejeshwar's Henchman
Tahqiqaat 1993 Goon
Dil Aashna Hai 1992 Goverdhan's man
Deedar 1992 Goon
Humshakal 1992 Rapist
Mr. Bond 1992
Tirangaa 1992
Farishtay 1991
Vishnu-Devaa 1991 Bald Fighter
Saugandh 1991
Fateh 1991
Numbri Aadmi 1991 Don
Yodha 1991
Zimmedaaar 1990
Doodh Ka Karz 1990 Engrez Master 'Gora'
Agneepath 1990 Gora
Zahreelay 1990 Massena
Aag Ka Gola 1990 Natwar's Man Baldy
Atishbaz 1990 Michael
Dushman 1990 Sadashiv's aide
Gunahon Ka Devta 1990
Maula Jatt 1990
The Great Maratha 1994 Ahmed Shah Abdali
Shehzaade 1989 Bob
Jaadugar 1989 Bob
Toofan 1989 Goodmark, Gold Smuggler
Dost 1989
Farz Ki Jung 1989 Mr. Barker
Sachché Ká Bol-Bálá 1989 Henchman
Vardi 1989
Dav Pech 1989 Gambler
Guru 1989 Bandit
Kaanoon Ki Awaaz 1989
Love Love Love 1989
Sachai Ki Taqat 1989
Paanch Fauladi 1988 Seth Englishman
Bloodstone 1988 Haggerty
Commando 1988
Aakhri Adaalat 1988
Akhri Muqabla 1988 Tiger/Shola/Shaitan
Mar Mitenge 1988
Superman 1987
Mr. India 1987 Mr. Wolcott
Kala Dhanda Goray Log 1986 Bob
Allah Rakha 1986 Don
Palay Khan 1986 British Officer
Mard 1985 Simon
Geraftaar 1985 Ram
Telephone 1985
Baadal 1985
Sarfarosh 1985 British Man
Haveli 1985 Runaway prisoner English man
Insaaf Main Karoonga 1985 Commander Bob
Kali Basti 1985 Bob Jackson
Karmyudh 1985
Yaar Kasam 1985
Jeevante Jeevan 1985 Boxer Bob Christo
Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki 1984 Udaybhan's Assistant
Insaaf Kaun Karega 1984
Boxer 1984
Jagir 1984 Bandit
Raaj Tilak 1984 Combatant in arena
Raja Aur Rana 1984 Bob
Disco Dancer 1983 International Hit-man
Jaani Dost 1983
Nastik 1983
Haadsaa 1983 Abductor
Hum Se Hai Zamana 1983
Taqdeer 1983 Gangster
Star 1982 Samson
Ashanti 1982 Sampat's Man
Sharaabi Nar 1982
Main Intequam Loonga 1982 Anthony
Namak Halaal 1982 Hitman
"Nouvelle malle des Indes, La" (TV mini-series) 1981 Le major aka Wettlauf nach Bombay West Germany
Kaalia 1981 Michael
Qurbani 1980
Abdullah 1980 Magician
Raj Kapoor 1987 Himself during funeral
Meri Garmi 1989

Works[edit]

  • Flashback: My Life and Times in Bollywood and Beyond, by Bob Christo. Penguin India, 2011. ISBN 0143414623.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Veteran film actor Bob Christo no more". Deccan Herald (Bangalore). 20 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Dubey, Bharati (21 March 2011). "Actor Bob Christo passes away". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Actor Bob Christo critical". The Hindu. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Actor Bob Christo dead". The Hindu. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Kumar, Mala (10 May 2004). "BAD BOY makes it good". The Hindu. 

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