"So the film went through a whole recasting"
Dalip Tahil recalled playing Aamir Khan’s father in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak when he was just 31 years old.
Meanwhile, Aamir was 23 when the film was released in 1988.
Despite his age, Dalip admitted that he did not think twice before taking the role.
Dalip also revealed that Sanjeev Kumar and Shammi Kapoor were chosen to be a part of the film. However, director Mansoor Khan told him he couldn’t work with them “because they are too senior”.
The actor explained: “After Buniyaad I got Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
“I asked Nasir Hussain saab, long after we were shooting for the film, ‘Where did you find me in the big fat industry?’
“Because it was such a powerful role and he told me, ‘I saw you in Buniyaad and that’s what I wanted in this movie. I wanted a strong character but an emotional one. We knew we were going to cast Aamir and you fit the character of his father’.
“A lot of big actors had refused Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
“It was supposed to be made with Mr Sanjeev Kumar and Mr Shammi Kapoor.
“At that time Nasir Hussain saab was going to direct the movie. But he suffered a heart attack and doctors advised him not to take on the burden of direction.
“He offered the film to his son Mansoor, who loved the subject, but then he said there is no way I can work with Sanjeev Kumar and Shammi Kapoor because they are too senior.
“So the film went through a whole recasting and it was offered to quite a few character actors in the industry.
“I won’t take names but a lot of people turned down Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
“I was 31 years old when I played Aamir’s father in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.”
“And I didn’t even think before taking up this role. Aamir was a teenager then.
“I heard the prologue and I agreed to do the movie even before hearing it further.
“I wasn’t even a father myself at that time when I played a father to Aamir Khan, I was not even married.”
Dalip Tahil was last seen in the sports drama Toolsidas Junior.
Directed by Mridul Mahendra, the film also features Sanjay Dutt, Rajiv Kapoor, and Varun Buddhadev.