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From Mahesh Bhatt to Harsha Bhogle, cinema and cricket mourn Tom Alter's passing

The respected actor passed away at the age of 67 on Friday, 29 September.

Shriram Iyengar

Tom Alter's passing due to skin cancer on Friday, 29 September, has left a void that affects both Indian cinema and cricket. While he was known for his versatility as an actor, Alter was also a passionate cricket fan, who wrote and followed cricket with great interest. One of his earliest claims to fame was interviewing a then 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar.

Naturally, his passing has left a number of people on both sides very sad.

Director Mahesh Bhatt, who worked with Alter in the 1990s hit, Aashiqui (1990) wrote 'Goodbye to you my trusted friend!'

Director Kunal Kohli also mourned the loss, praising Alter as a 'distinct voice' in cinema.

Actor Anil Kapoor, and his nephew Arjun Kapoor also mourned the death. While Anil remembered Alter as his 'teacher', Arjun reminisced watching him play out a bumbling Englishman on the comedy television series, Zabaan Sambhal Ke.

Lunchbox actress Nimrat Kaur called the actor 'a thorough gentleman', while Huma Qureshi reminisced about having the opportunity of meeting him.

It was not just members of the film industry who were disturbed by this news. Noted historian and cricket lover Ramchandra Guha remembered his interaction with a young Alter representing Mussoorie in a cricket tournament in 1973.

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle wrote a moving post on Facebook, describing the actor as a 'kind patient man' with an unending love for the language of Urdu.

Former cricketer Akash Chopra also wrote on his Twitter, calling Tom Alter 'Wondeful actor...an even better human being.'