Dalip Tahil

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Dalip Tahil
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Dalip Tahil at French Film Festival Mumbai 2010
Born (1952-10-30) 30 October 1952 (age 62)
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor

Dalip Tahil (born 30 October 1952, in Agra) is an Indian film, television and theatre actor. He did his schooling from the elite Sherwood College in Nainital, India. After attending Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh UP) for a year, he then Graduated from st. Xavier's College, Mumbai.

Career[edit]

Films[edit]

Dalip Tahil began to appear on stage while at school in Sherwood College, Nainital, at the age of 10. Dalip's participation over the years in the school choir, elocution competitions, the Nativity plays and formal and informal concerts gave him the perfect platform to be cast in principal parts which won him, during his senior years at school, the prestigious 'Kendall Cup' for the best actor two years in succession, first As 'Joseph' in the play 'My three Angels', and again as 'Macbeth' in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. He was declared the best actor for a record third Time in 1969, his final year at Sherwood College. Dalip moved along with his Family to Mumbai in 1968, and joined the Theatre Group Bombay, and trained under its Director's 'Alyque & Pearl Padamsee'. He appeared in some of its major productions, such as 'John the Baptist', 'Jesus' in' Godspell', 'Pearl Padamsee'(India's first English Theatre Musical), 'Stanley Kowalski', in Tennessee Williams 'A Street Car Named Desire' Dir. 'Alyque Padamsee'. He played Galy Gay, in Amal Alana's production of Bhertolt Brecht's 'Man is a man'.

'Andrew lloyd Webber's' musical 'Evita' Dir (Alyque Padamsee),that established him as a Singer/Actor star. Film Director 'Shyam Benegal' noticed Dalip,and offered him a part in his first feature film 'Ankur'.

In The early 80's, India's foremost Film Director Ramesh Sippy offered him a principal part in his epic production 'Shaan'. This was followed by a cameo in Sir Richard Attenborough's Iconic film Gandhi. He went on to play principal character roles, demonstrating his versatility and unique talent in over 100 Bollywood films from the 1980s to 2013. He also appeared in the Merchant-Ivory English films The Deceivers and The Perfect Murder (1988). His most notable Bollywood film roles include Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Ram Lakhan, Tridev, Kishen Kanhaiya, Thanedaar, Deewana, Baazigar, Darr, Ishq, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, King Uncle, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Kaho Na Pyar Hai, etc.

In 1984, he acted as the father of Baby Sonia in India's first 3-D film My Dear Kuttichathan produced by Navodaya. Dalip will be seen in 2013 portraying the role of 'Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru', in 'Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra's' 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' with Director/Actor Farhan Akhtar in the Title Role Of Milkha Singh. In 2007, he starred in the Punjabi movie Sajna ve Sajna.

He has starred in several films alongside Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan including Deewana, Baazigar, Darr, King Uncle, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Ra.One

Television[edit]

On television, Tahil played roles in Sanjay Khan's television serial The Sword of Tipu Sultan and Ramesh Sippy's Buniyaad. He got international recognition when he bagged the role of Dan Ferriera,(Principal regular over 90 episodes through 2003) in the iconic BBC Television Drama 'Eastenders.

Dalip's unscheduled absence from Eastenders was a result of an insufficient work permit Application, which compelled him to appeal to the Secretary of State in the UK. Dalip was subsequently granted indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

In 2007, he appeared in the BBC2 mini-series Nuclear Secrets in the episode Terror Traders playing Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.[1]

He is internationally known for starring in the part of 'Madan Kumar'(ORIGINAL CAST) in the 'Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber' /'A.R Rahman',Theatre Musical 'Bombay Dreams'in which he performed in over 500 shows through 2002,at The 'Appolo Theatre' Victoria in London, UK.

Music[edit]

He has also released an album titled Raaz Ki Baaten.

Selected filmography[edit]

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