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‘Bob had a great sense of humour’

Mentor Sanjay Khan remembers the ’80s villain, who passed away on Sunday following a massive heart attack in Bangalore.

bollywood Updated: Mar 22, 2011 16:34 IST
Rachana Dubey

When I was introduced to Bob in 1979 en route to a shooting location for Abdullah, it never passed my thoughts that he would become a dear friend. Bob, a fabulous singer, guitarist, had a great sense of humour. He started off as a helping hand on my sets because he came through a friend George, who I couldn’t say no to. Eventually, I realised he had an astounding screen presence. I penned a character for him in Abdullah where he was villain Danny Denzongpa’s helping hand.

Initially, Bob learnt and recited lines in Hindi and Urdu. In a career spanning over 30 years and 300 films, he learnt many Indian languages, including South Indian languages. He even worked with NT Rama Rao. On the sets of Abdullah, I realised that Raj Kapoor had grown fond of him too. Bob would play his guitar and sing to him till the wee hours. It didn’t go down well with me because I always wanted Rajji to go to bed early. Nevertheless, I didn’t stop them from having fun. Occasionally, Bob and I would hang around together. The press mistook him as my bodyguard, thanks to his bald look and well-toned body. I had to clarify that he was a friend.

Bob ChristoMany years later, he joined my business, The Golden Palms Hotel in Bangalore as the chief physiotherapist and trainer. We lost touch when he quit the job three-four years ago. When I heard of his demise, I felt a terrible sense of loss. He is survived by wife Nargis and a son. I spoke to them to pay my condolence. I felt really bad that I couldn’t be around when they took him to the cemetery. But life goes on. Bob will always be a fond memory.