Tom Alter’s Top Ten


American-Indian actor Tom Alter

Tom Alter, to some extent, must bear partial responsibility for the way my life has turned out.  This passion for Hindi film music, especially the voices of Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi, are as deeply embedded in my soul as that for Bob Dylan. This idea that somehow my destiny is to be a gora Hindustani. This pagalpan that time can be freeze-framed around 1971, and that this moment constitutes the golden era of Hindi cinema. My faltering attempts to recite the shairi of Ghalib with the same effortless fluency with which I heard Tom regale the ladies at a function 30 years ago in some historic Delhi churchyard.  (To read the entire article and hear Tom’s 10 Ten All Time Favourite Hindi Film songs)

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