Veteran actor and noted theatre artist Vishwa Mohan Badola, father of popular television stars Alka Kaushal and Varun Badola passed away today due to age-related illness. The sad news of his death was confirmed by Varun and his wife Rajeshwari Sachdev.
Mourning his father’s demise, Varun took to Instagram to pen an emotional note for him wherein he spoke about the legend his father was and his many achievements. He also shared what he learned from him. Sharing a throwback monochrome picture of his father, Varun wrote, “A lot of people crib about the fact that their kids do not listen to them. Many forget that kids are always watching them. My father never sat me down to teach me anything. He made learning a way of life for me. He set an example so exemplary that I had no choice but... follow. If you think that I am a good actor, blame him. If I write, he has to take the onus. If I sing... well if I had just about 1/10th of his singing talent, I would have become a singer.”
He further wrote, “I left Delhi and came to Mumbai because his name was too big in that city to counter. I protested that people judge me, they unduly favour me because I am your son. He promptly told me to go and find my own identity some place else if I thought his name was a hinderance. He told me to always operate out of my comfort zone. He made me a MAN. Not many know that he was a journalist by profession. A master on South East Asian affairs. Travelled the world twice over. He did more than 400 hundred plays for AIR. He was an actor par excellence. When he sang, time stopped. Make no mistake, THIS MAN WAS A LEGEND. But for me, he was my father. A father who was always watching and always listening. So ladies and gentlemen The Man, The Legend, The Phenomenon has called it a day. But his legacy will stay on forever in various forms. Mr. Vishwa Mohan Badola 1936 - 2020
Vishwa Mohan Badola’s contribution to the entertainment industry was massive. He had been part of several plays, serials and films such as Swades (2004), Munna Bhai MBBS (2003), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) and Found a Treasure Called Love (2015) among others. He was also a part of recent films such as Tabu starrer Missing, Jolly LLB 2 and Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid. His career in the entertainment industry spanned over 5 decades.