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Biography: Dalip Tahil

Famous Sindhi Actor – Television Celebrity - Stage Artist

dalip_tahilDalip Tahil, famous actor from bollywood has also acted in “Paarewari “ a sindhi film released in 2004 and Punjabi film “Sajna Ve Sajna” released in 2008.

Born on 30 October 1952 at Agra as the son of Ghansham Jethanand Tahilramani, Dilip Tahilramani has become famous as the Dalip Tahil in world of performing art of bollywood films and Television. Acting towards which he has developed infatuation at early age of just 10 years when he was student of renowned Sherwood College, Nainital. He begged the prestigious “Kendall Cup” award of Best Actor for two successive years for his role in the play “My three Angels” as “Joseh” and as “Macbeth” in Shakespeare's one of most popular play of same name. He has created record winning the “Kendall Cup” for the third time in 1969.

After schooling at Sherwood College Dilip went to Aligarh Muslim University but as within one year of this his family has shifted to Mumbai so he completed his degree as the student of St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. By this he has joined Theater group and was fortunate as people like Alyque & Pearl Padamsee were there to train him. Bollywood acting career was started in 1974 when famous Shyam Benegal offered him a role in film “Ankush”. He was chosen to play role of villain in the film “Shan” an epic production of famous producer Ramesh Sippy. He also played a short role in Sir Richard Attenborough's “Gandhi”.

1988 released “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” has made him in house face of thousands of film lover families of India. In the same year he appeared in “Deceivers” and “The Perfect Murder” films by Merchant – Ivory. Dalip Tahil who had played over 100 films since 1980’s has got chance to play “Jawaharlal Nehru” in 2013 in the film “Bhag Milkha Bhag”. Even after busy schedules at films he kept on his stage acting. In A.R Rahman theatre Musical Bombay Dreams he played role of “Madan Kumar” for over 500 shows.

Dalip Tahil was also among the early star of Television serials in India, he acted in Sanjay Khan’s mega budget “The Sword of Tipu Sultan “and “Buniyaad” a serial dedicated to youth by Ramesh Sippy. He also played role of the role of Dan Ferreira in the iconic BBC1 soap opera EastEnders.

After few years once again he is back to Television serials. He is playing role of King Dashrath in the serial “Siya Ke Ram” to be broadcasted on Indian Television Screens [Star Plus] in 2015.

In an interview to “The Hindu” about his role and serial he says Siya ke Ram is the right show at the right time for the audience. “The everyday issues that we witness against women in the present day will throw light on the respect women enjoyed at the time of Ramayan. Sita wasn’t a weak woman; she was the one to follow her husband out of choice. It was her decision to follow her husband. Sita was a princess who was no less than a prince. Her upbringing was on par with that of any royal prince. When epics have examples of such brave and talented woman, what makes us think that women today are weak and are not on par with men?”


Dalip Tahil has appeared in more than 100 films, His roles ranged from the main villain, henchman, father, relative and police officer. A very selective year wise list [from 1980 onward] of films of Dalip Tahil is:

2015: Welcome to Karachi
2014: Welcome
2013: Bhag Milka Bhag
2012: London, Perris, New Yark
2011: Loot
2009: Dil Bole Hadippa
2008: Raat Gayi Baat Gayi - Rock On - God Tussi Great Ho
2007: Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
2004: Paarewari [Sindhi Film]
2003: Talaash: The Hunt Begins
2001: Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega – Ajnabee - Chori Chori Chupke Chupke - Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai
2000: Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani - Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai - Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
1999: Man
1998: Ghulam – Soldier
1997: Judawa – Ishq
1996: Jeet
1995: Raja
1994: Suhag
1993: Bazigar – Darr - Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke - King Uncle
1992: Deewana
1991: Saudagar – Ajooba
1990: Kishen Kanhaiya
1989: Tridev - Ram Lakan
1988: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak
1987: Jalwa
1986: Aakhree Raasta
1985: Trikaal
1982: Arth – Gandhi – Shakti
1980: Shan