Veteran actor Dalip Tahil told how the TV show Buniyaad ‘changed’ his life; he called it a “game changer.” In a new interview, Dalip took a trip down memory lane and recalled how his mother would watch the show and cry, as it bore similarities to their own lives. He also spoke about how he wanted to quit the profession during his early acting days. The actor said that while he never wanted to give up, he sometimes “questioned the kind of work” he was doing. †Also read | Dalip Tahil: Mahesh Babu’s Bollywood commentary had a lot to do with work ethic†
Buniyaad, directed by Ramesh Sippy and Jyoti, was first broadcast in 1986 on the DD National. The story, written by Manohar Shyam Joshi, was about the partition of India in 1947. The story is about life in India between 1916-1978. In addition to Dalip, Buniyaad has also appeared in Alok Nath, Anita Kanwar, Sudhir Pandey, Soni Razdan, Kanwaljit Singh, Vijayendra Ghatge and Kiran Juneja, among many others.
In an interview with Times of India, Dalip said: “After Shaan and Shakti, in which I played a negative role, came Buniyaad. Those days I was in Mr. Ramesh Sippy’s camp just like his regular actor. He gave me Buniyaad and that changed. my life That’s the power of TV My mom used to watch the show and start crying because that’s our story too, from Sindh I played a father in Buniyaad and I didn’t think twice It was such a good narration that I didn’t even think about my part and was amazed at the subject matter. I played a father of two young children and it didn’t bother me at all.”
When asked if he ever wanted to quit, Dalip said, “Never! There were several moments in my film career where I doubted the kind of work I was doing. But by then it was sort of a Catch-22 situation.” for me Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak worked for me Buniyaad was a game changer Then came the mid 30s when everyone was on three shifts The producers come to you and if you tell them you have time they won’t let you It was so crazy. If you said to a producer ‘Mere pas time hai, aap yeh date le lijiye (I have time, you can block these dates)’ they would walk out the door and say ‘Yeh toh faltu baitha hua hai (he sits idle)’.”
Dalip was recently featured in Toolsidas Junior, a sports drama directed by Mridul Mahendra. The film also features Sanjay Dutt, Rajiv Kapoor and Varun Buddhadev. It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ashutosh Gowariker and Sunita Gowariker under the banner of Ashutosh Gowariker Productions and T-Series films.