Salim Ahmed Ghaus (1952–2022) was an Indian actor, theater director and martial artist. He has been a part of many films released in different languages across India. Salim acted in many Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English films. Salim has also been a part of many famous Indian TV series. He is also known for dubbing famous Hollywood animated films. He passed away on 28 April 2022, as he suffered a cardiac arrest in Mumbai.
Salim Ahmed Ghaus was born on Tuesday, 1 July 1952.age 70 years; at the time of death) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Salim Ghosh completed his schooling from Christchurch School, Chennai. He completed his graduation from Presidency College. Salim Ghosh’s interest was in the field of acting. After completing his graduation, Salim cleared the entrance exam and joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.
Salim Ghosh’s father was a Muslim from Hyderabad. His mother was a Christian from Kerala.
wife and children
His wife’s name is Anita Salim, she is a theater artist.
His son’s name is Aryama Salim. He is an actor, a dancer and a fitness trainer.
They have a daughter named Athena Roxanne.
Salim Ahmed Ghosh considers himself to be multi-religious.
working in big screen cinema
Salim Ahmed Ghosh made his debut in 1976 with the film Manthan: The Charning; In which he played the role of a character named Moola. In 1978, Salim was given the role of a student in the film Swarg Narak. In the movie Kalyug, Salim Ghosh played a character named Desai. The film was released in 1981. In the same year, Salim was seen playing the role of Raghu in the film Chakra. In 1982, Salim Ghosh appeared in two films. The first film was titled Meri Kahani and the second was titled Saathi; In which he played the role of a character named Tiger. In the film, Kim, Salim were given the role of a character named E23. The film was based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel “Kim”. The film was released in 1984. In 1984, he was offered a role in the film Summary. In the film, Salim played the role of the main villain’s henchman. In the film, Salim became famous as a villain, who always used to roam around with a bottle of acid in his hand. In the same year, Salim was offered another film, titled, Mohan Joshi Hazar Ho! He played the role of a lawyer in the film. In 1985, Salim was offered another film, Trikaal (Past, Present, Future). In 1988, he was given the role of Piru in the film The Deceivers. Hollywood’s famous actor Pierce Brosnan was in the lead role in this film. In 1989, Salim Ghosh was cast as Ramu Gulzar; In the movie Suriya: An Awakening. In the same year, Salim was offered two more films. In the film Mujrim, Salim played the role of an assassin and in the film Vetri Vijha he was given the role of a villain named Zinda.
In 1990, Salim was seen as Guru (Shankar) in the film Trikona. In the same year, he was offered a Malayalam film, Thazavaram. In this film, he played a character named Raju.
In 1991, in the Tamil film, Chinna Gounder, Salim played the role of Sakrai Gounder.
In the 1992 film Zulm Ki Hukumat, Salim was given the role of a police officer named Tiger. Later, in 1992, Salim was offered a role in three more films titled Bombay Police, Anthem and Drohi. In 1993, he was seen in three films, Akanksha (as Arjun Singh), Rakshasa (as a character named Chinna), and Thiruda Thiruda (as a villain named Vikram).
Salim Ghosh was given the role of Masnam in the 1994 film Seeman. In the 1996 film titled Sardari Begum, Salim played the role of a character named Manik Sen. In 1997, Salim teamed up with Shahrukh Khan, in a film titled Coal. Salim played the role of a villain named Brijwa.
Salil Ghosh played the role of Lankeshwar in the film Shaath. The film was released in 1997. Salim played the role of a motel manager in the 1998 film Getting Personal. In the same year, they worked with Bobby Deol, in the title film, Soldier. He played the role of Jaswant Dalal in the film.
In 2000, he did a film called Badal and in 2001, he acted in two different films titled Aks and Indian. In 2002, he was given the role of Seni; In the movie Red. In 2003, he was a part of the film Chori Chori. In 2004, he was offered a role as Kasturi’s father in Duaan: Pila House. In 2005, Salim Ghosh did 4 films. These were Das (as Vappa), Chanakya the Warrior, Udayan (as Thevar) and Missed Call (Arindam Kumar as Sengupta). In 2009, he played the role of Janardhan Reddy in the film Well Done Abba. In the same year, Salim played the role of Vedanayakam in the film Vettaikaran.
In 2015, Salim Ghosh was seen in Valu and in 2018, he was a part of Ka: The Forest. In 2022, Salim starred in his last film, Naam.
made a mark on television
In 1984, Salim Ghosh played the role of Mr Venkat, a character in the TV series Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi. Salim Ghosh played the role of Bharat in the TV series Subah.
In 1988, Salim Ghosh was offered a role in the TV series, Wagle Ki Duniya. In the series, he played the role of Srinivasa Venkateswaran. In the same year, Salim played four different roles in a TV series called Bharat Ek Khoj. He played the roles of Rama, Krishna, Tipu Sultan and Ramaraya.
In 1992, Salim was seen in the series titled Inkaar. In the TV series, Maharaja Ki Beti, Salim played the character of Bakhtiyar. The series was broadcast in 1994. In 1998, he was offered X Zone. In 2014, Salim was seen in another TV series titled Constitution.
working their magic in cinemas
Salim Ghosh was equally fond of acting in theatre. He has not only acted in plays but also directed many of them. Salim has acted in several famous plays such as Dastan-e-Dil and Shakespearewala, an adaptation of the famous novel, Hamlet written by Shakespeare. He has also worked with his wife Anita Salim in a play based on William Shakespeare’s novel The Merchant of Venice.
Salim founded, The Phoenix Players; a drama troupe.
Salim Ghosh is also a famous playwright and director. He has directed several famous plays, such as The Anthem, Upsidedownside, House of Horrors, Roundabout, Still More Life and Dastangoi.
In 1977, he directed plays such as Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Perambur and Life of Christ; It was a play that revolved around the Christian festival of Good Friday.
Working as a Voiceover Actor in Hollywood Movies
Salim Ghosh has given his voice in dubbing of two famous Hollywood movies. In 1995, he dubbed Scar, the character into Hindi, for the film The Lion King. In 2006, Salim dubbed the voice of a character named King Leonidas in the film 300. In 2000, he dubbed a Tamil film in Hindi. The name of the film was Sudhandhiram.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- NDTV Outstanding Voice of the Year, 2004 and 2005 for Feature Film Dubbing in Hindi for “Scar” and “Leonidas” in “300” in “The Lion King”.
- Martial Arts and Healing “Laughter” 9th Dan Black Belt.
- Appointed as Grand Master in Martial Arts and Healing Sciences – Okinawa, Japan, China and India.
Salim Ghosh passed away on 28 April 2022. He died of heart failure.
Facts / Trivia
- in his early days. Salim Ghosh was curious to know about different aspects of life. So, he used to talk to the priests and the shopkeepers; To know his views on life.
- In the early days of his acting career, Salim Ghosh did not have much to eat and used to starve for a long time. This gave him the idea of acting in theatre. In an interview he said,
There were days when I had nothing to eat except a cup of tea and some biscuits. I’ve never felt hungry, or more alive, in my life. I think this is where my idea of theater was born.”
- Salim Ghosh is known for his sharp memory in the film industry. He used to memorize an entire script and deliver his dialogues in one go without taking any retakes.
- As a youth, Salim Ghosh wanted to find answers about God himself. In an interview he said,
Then everyone wanted to take my head in their hand. But I wanted to find my own answers.”
- Most of Salim Ghosh’s plays were screened at the world famous Prithvi Theatre.
- Salim Ghosh was a red belt, third-degree martial artist. He also taught his son Aryama the skills he had learned during his lifetime.
- Salim Ghosh holds a PhD degree in the field of martial arts. He completed his PhD in Okinawa, Japan.
- Salim Ghosh is also a polyglot. He was proficient in speaking and writing a variety of Indian languages. He knew English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.