Tom Alter, who died in Mumbai on September 29, was an actor, writer, director, and Padma Shri. However, not many know much about him other than the above mentioned ones. But he was a sports lover as well.
Sports was Alter’s first love and he wanted to be a cricketer. He has also written columns on cricket.
In fact, it was Alter who produced Sachin Tendulkar’s first video interview when the latter was just 15-years-old.
Recently, Alter spoke about the video and recalled how Dilip Vengsarkar introduced him to the teen sensation who was practicing with the Bombay team.
Recalling the event in an interview with The Times of India, Alter shares,
“I clearly remember the interaction. It was his first video interview. I wouldn’t say he was naive but rather innocent and soft-spoken. Though a little shy in front of the camera, the boy was very confident without being a show-off.”
Watch the interview here:
Alter was taken to Saifee Hospital earlier this month with stage four skin cancer, for which he had been treated earlier and which had relapsed. He died on Saturday morning at the age of 67. The late actor was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in the year 2008. May his soul rest in peace.