Tom Alter is a veteran Indian actor of American descent. He is best known for his work in the Indian film industry and has also worked in television and theatre. He has worked for noted filmmakers like Satyajit Ray in Shatranj Ke Khilari and is remembered for his role as a British officer in Kranti. In Sardar, the 1993 film biography of Indian leader Sardar Patel, which focused on the events surrounding the partition and independence of India, Alter portrayed Lord Mountbatten of Burma.
He has also played Indian characters in various Indian television series, such as the long-running Junoon, in which he was the sadistic mob lord Keshav Kalsi. He also acted in Hollywood movie One Night with the King with Peter O’Toole. He is an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. In 2008, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Tom Alter was present at the 47th Edition of The International Film Festival of India as part of the multiple FTII Workshops being conducted at the festival.
Below, Tom Alter talks about the workshops and the festival: