Today is the 71st birth anniversary of Tom Alter, a famous artist of theatre, television and film world. He was born on June 22, 1950 in Mussoorie. Alter, who acted in about 300 films, made a unique identity on the basis of his exotic looks. His grandparents had migrated to India from America before independence. After that the family remained in India. Alter was also known for playing historical characters with ease on stage. He also received the Padma Shri award in 2008. Tom Alter died on September 29, 2017 at the age of 67. He was suffering from skin cancer for a long ti
Alters who settled in Ghalib and Jinnah
Alter used to say, ‘History fascinates me. I like to tell stories. Likes to play character. It is surprising how history affects the lives of common people. History is not limited to just reigns and dates. I want to express the history of the world through theatre. Tom played the characters of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Mirza Ghalib, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Mahatma Gandhi in a memorable manner in the theater.
Easy Alter in Hindi, English, Urdu, all three languages
Alter’s acting spontaneity was also in his tongue. He had equal control over all the three languages namely Hindi, English and Urdu. Alter himself had told its secret – ‘My father was a pastor. But he used to tell us Bible things in Urdu also.
Alter faces the question of identity
Because of Tom Alter’s look, he always got the question whether he is an Indian or a foreigner? On this he had said that I am sad that even after working in the field of Indian art, I have to prove my identity of being Indian again and again.
Tom Alter also did sports journalism in the 1980s-90s.
Alter Testing Young Sachin
Tom Alter did the first video interview of Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin did not even debut for the Indian team at that time. Recalling this interview, Alter had said, ‘I came to know that there is a better batsman in Mumbai after Dilip Vengsarkar, then that 15-year-old boy is Sachin Tendulkar. I immediately scheduled a meeting with Sachin. Tom Alter also did sports journalism in the 1980s-90s. He himself was also a good player of cricket.