I like Alok Nath as much as the next person, but he’s not normally the type who would get a birthday post. But it’s a slow news day, I feel like throwing up a video post, so why not! Plus, he’s turning 60, so it’s a big one! Here are 12 reasons I love you, 1 for every 5 years you’ve been alive!
1. I love you because the very first movie on your official filmography is Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi! A very auspicious beginning.
2. I love you because for a few brief years in the 80s, you tried to make it as a regular hero, including co-starring with Tina Munim (future Mrs. 40th-richest-man-in-the-world, Anil Ambani).
3. I love you because you are the sole connection between the 2 revolutionary romances of the 80s, Maine Pyar Kiya and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
4. I love you because you were only 32 when you took your first big father part, in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, playing a father figure/uncle to 23 year old Aamir Khan.
5. I love you because your reaction shots contribute greatly to the wonderfulness of this, my favorite Rajshri song.
6. I love you because you even played father to Amitabh Bachchan, in 1990 in Agneepath.
(Can’t find a video, Dharma is now renting it on youtube so all the illegal ones have been taken down. But here’s a screenshot!)
7. I love you because you were also a father figure, if not actually a father, in Shahrukh’s very first released movie (the first movie he signed was Dil Aashna Hai, but the release was delayed), Deewana!
(Okay, so he’s not actually in this song, but imagine him in the background, being supportive and wise to Divya)
8. I love you because you somehow managed to convey the hint of a lost romance through just a few glances and lines of dialogue to Reema Lagoo in Hum Aapke Hain Koun.
9. I love you because while you were presenting the most sanskar-y possible life onscreen, off screen you had a live-in girlfriend, Neena Gupta, who was famously the mother of Vivian Richards’ child outside of marriage. Oh, and she was the other dancer in the “Choli Ke Peeche” song. So, not very traditional and respectably Indian.
10. I love you because you worked hard, playing in 16 movies in 1990 alone, and averaging around 8 every year between 1988 and 1999, when your focus switched a little to TV.
11. I love you because almost 20 years after your first fatherly role, you still played it to the hilt without a miss-step in Vivah.
12. And finally, I love you because in 2013 there was a minor twitter-quake for no reason with Alok Nath jokes. Which went on to inspire a marketing discussion and analysis, which went viral in turn!