Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) directed by Mansoor Khan is one of the most watched and cherished films of Aamir Khan, who made his debut with this Nasir Hussain production. Actor Dalip Tahil also played a key role in the film – he played Aamir’s father. But do you know that when he signed the part, he was just 31 years old. In a new interview, Dalip Tahilo Revisited the film and opened up about how Nasir Hussain was absolutely confident about playing Aamir’s father in the film.
Dalip Tahil told The Nation World News that he got Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak after his TV show Buniyaad. He recalled when he asked Nasir Hussain where he found him, the writer-producer replied that he saw Tahil’s performance in Buniyaad and was sure he would be able to play the role. Duleep described his role of father as “powerful” and “emotional”. He revealed that many big stars had turned down Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. He then said that he was just 31 when he played the role, but he didn’t even think about his age before signing the film.
“I wasn’t even a father myself when I played Aamir Khan’s father, I wasn’t even married,” he said.
Dalip further added that initially Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was supposed to feature Sanjeev Kumar and Shammi Kapoor. Nasir Hussain was the director at this time. However, he suffered a heart attack and was advised not to take the pressure of filmmaking on him. And thus Mansoor Khan took over the director’s chair. But Mansoor Khan flatly refused to work with stalwarts like Sanjeev Kumar and Shammi Kapoor, whom Nasir Hussain wanted to cast as “very senior”.
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Dalip Tahil made his debut at the age of 18 with Shyam Benegal’s Ankur. In his career spanning five decades, he has been a part of many iconic films. The actor was last seen in Toolidas Junior, which marked Rajiv Kapoor’s last on-screen appearance. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.