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A K Hangal: “People Believed  Jaya  Bhaduri & I  Were Really Father & Daughter,”

A K Hangal in Shaukeen

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…

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