Bollywood’s Sindhi actor Dalip Tahil plays Bhutto’s role

He spent months researching Bhutto's life, mannerisms, and speech patterns to play the role in recently released movie IB 71

Dalip was born on October 30, 1952 in Agra. His father Ghansham Jethanand Tahilramani was in the Air Force

Sindh Courier


Bollywood actor Dalip Tahil, who has played the role of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, a prominent Sindhi politician and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in the Bollywood film ‘IB 71’, had to spend months researching on his life, mannerisms, and speech patterns to nail his character.

Tahil’s casting has also brought to the fore the cultural and historical ties that bind the Sindhi communities on either side of the India-Pakistan border. Tahhil had with himself the opportunity to play such an important character and showcase the cultural similarities between the two countries.

Dalip Tahil (Left) in Bhutto’s role

He said, “Playing the role of Zulfiqar Bhutto was a challenge that I couldn’t resist. I needed to bring a sense of authenticity and nuance to the character.”

“I spent months researching Bhutto’s life, his mannerisms, and his speech patterns. I hope that my portrayal of the character does justice to his legacy and brings to the fore the cultural similarities that exist between our two countries.”

Film Poster

Film ‘IB 71’, released on May 12, 2023, is based on a story related to 1971 situation according to which Indian Intelligence finds itself taken by surprise when it is revealed that both Pakistan and China pose a significant threat to India, signaling potential attacks. In order to avert this imminent danger, IB agent Dev Jammwal devises a strategic plan aimed at safeguarding the nation by effectively closing off Indian airspace.

The film stars Vidyut Jammwal, Anupam Kher and Vishal Jethwa in pivotal roles and is produced by Bhushan Kumar and directed by national award winner Sankalp Reddy. The story has been written by Aditya Shastri.

According to Indian media reports, as of 26 May, the film collected US$2.9 million till now and is still running in theatres.

Dalip Tahil is one of the most renowned evergreen actors in the Bollywood film industry. He is well known for his serious and villainous roles in films like ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ in the year 1988 as ‘Dhanraj Singh’ and in ‘Darr’ in the year 1993 as ‘Captain Mehra’, and in ‘Baazigar’ as ‘Madan Chopra’ which was also released in 1993.

He was born on October 30th in the year 1952 in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. His father Mr. Ghansham Jethanand Tahilramani was in the Indian Air Force.

Dalip Tahil in Z. A. Bhutto's roleHe completed his higher secondary education from one of the most famous schools in the country, The Sherwood College in Nainital. He then joined Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in Aligarh and later did his graduation from Mumbai’s St. Xavier’s College.

Dalip started acting at a very young age when he was just ten years old and was a part of many plays during his school days. For his acting in his school days, he won the ‘Kendall Cup’ for two years consecutively.

He was a part of many plays like Macbeth and My Three Angels. During his early life, he was a part of many prestigious theater groups and appeared in countless plays. He made his acting debut in the year 1974 when famous film maker Shyam Benegal had discovered Dalip’s talent and offered him a role in his film ‘Ankur.’ He later appeared in Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Shaan’ in the year 1980 and had gained recognition by playing the villainous ‘Kumar’.

Dalip-TahilHe played the role of Laxmi’s dad in India’s first 3D cinema, ‘My Dear Kuttichathan’ which was shot in Malayalam in the year 1984. He also appeared in various television serials like Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Buniyaad’ in the year 1987 as the eldest son of Haveli Ram, named ‘Bhushan’. He appeared in the Sanjay Khan made ‘The Sword of Tipu Sultan’ in the year 1990 which was aired in DD National.

He also made appearances in many foreign language television serials like ‘EastEnders’ the famous British soap opera in the year 2003 in which he played ‘Dan Ferreira’. Recently he made appearances in ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ in 2013 as ‘Jawaharlal Nehru’ and in the 2015 release films ‘Phir Se…’ by Kunal Kohli and ‘Welcome to Karachi’ by Ashish R Mohan starring Arshad Warsi.


Source: Outlook India, Net TV4U, Mans World India


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