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
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–2003

Robert John Christo, popularly known as Bob Christo[1] (Hindi: बोब क्रिस्टो), 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. He has two brothers, Helmut and Mike.[2][3] Known for his brawny physique and bald headed 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 typecast villain in the Hindi movie Abdullah in 1980.[4] Christo decided to stay in India and appeared in over 200 movies in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.[5] 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 actaully 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[6] 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.[citation needed] 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. He is survived by his wife Nargis and two sons, Darius and Sunil. He has two daughters, Monique and Nicole from previous marriage.[7][8]

Filmography[edit]

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

Television[edit]

Title Role Channel Language
The Sword of Tipu Sultan Doordarshan National Hindi
The Great Maratha Ahmed Shah Abdali Doordarshan National Hindi
The Indian Trunk French
La Nouvelle Malle des Indes Le major aka Wettlauf nach Bombay West Germany French

Works[edit]

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

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