Dalip Tahil (known as Dalip Tahilramani before his conversion to Islam) is an Indian film, television, and stage actor who has appeared in over 150 films. He started his career as a child artist. He received his bachelor’s degree from Aligarh Muslim University in India. He graduated from St. Xavier’s College before attending Aligarh Muslim University for a year. Tahil is primarily recognized for his roles in Baazigar (1993) and Raja (1995).
Dalip Tahil Biography
At the age of 10, Dalip Tahil debuted on stage while attending Sherwood College, Nainital. Over the years, Dalip’s participation in choir, elocution contests, nativity plays, and formal and informal concerts provided him with a platform to be cast in major roles. He went on to win the Kendall Cup for best actor in two consecutive years, first as Joseph in My Three Angels and again as Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, during his senior years at school. In 1969, he was chosen the finest actor for a record third time.
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- In 1968, Dalip moved to Mumbai with his family and began working for the Theatre Group Bombay, where he was trained by Alyque and Pearl Padamsee.
- He played Galy Gay in Amal Alana’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s Man Is a Man. He is noted for playing Madan Kumar in A.R Rahman’s Bombay Dreams, which he performed in nearly 500 shows at the Apollo Theatre in London from 2002 to 2004.
- In 1974, director Shyam Benegal discovered Dalip and offered him a part in his debut feature film Ankur. Ramesh Sippy cast him as a baddie in his sweeping epic Shaan in 1980. In 1982, he played a cameo part in Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi.
- He made his debut on stage in the country’s first English theatre musical, Godspell (directed by Pearl Padamsee), as John the Baptist and Jesus. He also played Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ A Street Car Named Desire (directed by Alyque Padamsee).