I met the wonderful Avtar Kishan Gill in Patna sometime in the 1980s .He was here to perform in a play, and we met in the evening after his performance. He was very tired and not in the mood to talk to a journalist, and that too one who was only starting out in his career.
“Would you mind if I lie down and talk you?”
He conducted the entire interview in the supine position ,sometimes dozing off as he spoke about his early days and his very successful stint as a character actor in Hindi cinema.
“I come from a family where tailoring is the main profession. I only played the father or the uncle and that too the kind sort. I was 52 when I did my first role,a brief part in Basu Bhattacharya’s Teesri Kasam. I was already bald and looked much older ,so getting patriarchal parts was easy. Every film has to have fathers or uncles to the hero and heroine. I was happy to play the…