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“Tom Alter Fell Ill While Shooting With Us”

Tom Alter being directed by Bhavna Talvar for Heidi

He Fell Ill While Shooting With Us,” Tom Alter’s Last Appearance In Bhavna Talwar’s Adaptation Of Beloved Children’s Film

Tom Alter is gone. But he leaves behind his presence in films. And we shall see him for the last time in Bhavna Talwar’s adaptation  of  the beloved Swiss children’s fable Heidi.

“It was  such a pleasure working with Tom. He plays a schoolteacher in  our film. He has a brief role. But we had  such  an enriching time shooting with him. And  within the few scenes he did playing Heidi’s teacher, he was splendid,” says director Bhavna Talwar.

Bhavna’s husband producer Sheetal Talwar reveals it was during the shooting of Heidi that Tom fell ill. “We could see he was  in acute pain. But no one could’ve imagined it was that serious. Tom’s going away is a big blow. He could talk  about anything under the sun. He was erudite articulate and  prolific. And he spoke such fluent Urdu and Hindi , he put me to shame.He  gave me his book Re-run At Rialto to read. It shall remain a treasured gift for as long as  I live.”

Bhavna and Sheetal intend  to dedicate Heidi to Tom Alter.

 

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