Updated: September 30, 2017 9:47 am
The world of cinema and theatre has lost one of its greatest artists today. Actor Tom Alter lost his battle against skin cancer and passed away at 2 am at his Mumbai residence on September 30. As soon as the news was announced, Bollywood celebrities got together and mourned the loss. From Arjun Kapoor to veteran director Mahesh Bhatt, everyone recalled his best work and their memories of working with Tom.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt tweeted: “Goodbye to you my trusted friend!”
Singer Mohit Chauhan wrote, “Saddened by the passing away of Tom Alter saab. A glorious chapter has come to an end. His death marks the end of an era of grace and dignity. RIP.”
Actor Riteish Deshmukh, who says he had the privilege of working with Tom Alter in ‘Bangistan’, said he “will always remember him for his humility and kindness”.
Actor Arjun Kapoor also recounted having the “fondest childhood memories of seeing him on ‘Zabaan Sambhalke’”.
Nimrat Kaur described him as a “one of a kind, grace personified, thorough gentleman”.
Known for starring in television shows like ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’, ‘Junoon’, ‘Zabaan Sambhalke’ and ‘Betaal Pachisi’, Tom Alter was an American-origin actor settled in India.
He had a flourishing career on stage, and on the big screen, he has played pivotal roles in successful films like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’, ‘Kranti’, ‘Aashiqui’ and ‘Parinda’.
I had the honor of working with #TomAlter twice. He was the perfect example of a humble talented artist with a gigantic legacy.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) September 30, 2017
RIP Tom Alter…have the fondest childhood memories of seeing him on zabaan sambhal ke… http://t.co/Cvb1zq2OuP
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) September 30, 2017
Waking up to some tragic news about the passing away of Mr. Tom Alter. A one of a kind, grace personified, thorough gentleman. #RIPTomAlter
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) September 30, 2017
Saddened by d passing away of Tom Alter saab. A glorious chapter has come 2 an end. His death marks d end of an era of grace n dignity #RIP
— Mohit Chauhan (@_MohitChauhan) September 30, 2017
— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) September 30, 2017
So sad to hear about Tom Alter sir.. had the honour of knowing him while doing a play in Delhi .. such a lovely human being. Rest in Peace.
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) September 30, 2017
In 2008, he was recognised with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of India.
He last starred in a television show ‘Rishton Ka Chakravyuh’, and on the big screen, he was seen in ‘Sargoshiyan’. He also shot for a short film ‘The Black Cat’, in which he played author Ruskin Bond.
(With inputs from IANS)
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