In this final
segment of tributes to Bollywood fathers, BollyCurry presents to you the man
who is fondly addressed as the Babuji of the Nation. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that his fatherly affection is currently ruling the television industry as well. Well known for his impeccable sanskaars
, this man is truly the best father in Bollywood - Alok Nath.
Nath has portrayed
the role of a father for as long as one can remember. He started his career in
the early 80s and is credited to have acted in more than a hundred
movies and about fifteen television serials, most of which portray him as the
father of the protagonist. His first step into fatherhood was right from his very first television
debut in Rishte-Naate in 1980. In films, he enacted the role of a father for the first time in Hamara Khandaan and Qayamat
Se Qayamat Tak (1988), but it wasn't until 1989 that he was appreciated
for playing a caring father to the sweet and innocent Suman in Rajshri Productions' Maine Pyar Kiya.
Following Maine Pyaar Kiya, it was as if Nath was typecasted as a fatherly figure, and he took on that role in many of his subsequent
movies. One of the earliest movies that boasted of his character as a father is Agneepath (1990), where he plays an
inspirational father to Vijay. The official father at the Rajshri Productions now, Nath
played a family oriented and loving father in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun in 1994, which led on to earn him widespread critical
appreciation for the same.
Some of his
recent and most appreciated roles have been that of the hardworking and down-to-earth father in Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999), Taal (1999), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001), Na
Tum Jaano Na Hum (2002) and Vivah (2006).
television career has been full of fatherly characters as well. From Babuji in Rishte-Naate, Rishtey and Kabhie Kabhie, to Sapna Babul Ka...Bidaai, to Do
Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se, he has been a natural when it came to guiding the lead
characters with his lifelong experience and wisdom. He is soon to be featured as Babuji once again in two upcoming shows; SAB TV's Tu Mere Agal Bagal Hai and Life OK's/Rajshree Productions' Mere Rang Mein Ranganewali.
Nath has played
father to many actors older than him, yet, surprisingly he hasn't won
significant awards in his long career in the industry. Recently, he
Twitter for the long list of values attached to his character and was
the butt of all "respectful"
jokes. However, that did not demoralise him, instead he took it all in
good humor and even had a great laugh about it. He went on to parody his
sanskaari image of a Babuji in The Viral Fever's spoof video on Arvind Kejriwal and his rise to power.
Alok Nath is a gem of an actor and his worth is
realized by one and all. With this, we sign off wishing him a successful career
ahead, full of as much love, sanskaar and affection as he's bestowed on our protagonists. Until
next time, keep following this space to know what BollyCurry has in store for
Writer: Pooja B.
Editors: Ritchelle C. and Gunia M.
Graphics: Gurprit K.
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