Lalit Behl is an Indian actor, producer, director, and writer. He was born on 15 August 1949 and is 67 years old. He is married to the actor, director and playwright, Navninder Behl. His son,
, is the director of the movie “
”. Lalit is a prolific stage actor, who started acting from his college days. He won in numerous inter-varsity competitions. Along with some other theater enthusiasts, like Ravi Deep, Harjeet Wali,
, Lalit laid the foundation of a theater group in Kapurthala, Punjab.
He was the director of illustrious plays like “Nayak Katha”, “Hara Samander Gopichander”, “Kya Number Badlega”, “Suryast”, “Kumarswami” and “Chhatriya”. He won a Gold Medal from the Department of Indian Theater (Punjab University), Chandigarh. He has also performed in plays by
. After completing his diploma in Indian Theater, he moved to Delhi to join Shriram Center. He also became a stage actor at the National School of Drama Repertory Company.
Even though Television was a new concept and was in its nascent stages in India, Lalit jumped into freelance as a director and producer. He directed and produced some of DD’s greatest hit telefilms like “
”, “Tapish”, “Sunehri Jild” and “
”. Amongst the many TV serials, some noteworthy shows were “
Ved Vyas Ke Pote
”, “Khanabadosh”, “Mahasangram”, “Sada-E-Vadi” and “Viji”. He used art as a medium to highlight the political turmoil in Punjab even before the eminent poet ‘
’ made it the core of his works in “Maachis”.
He also launched his son, at the age of 12, as an actor in the telefilm “Tapish”. Other than acting, he also engaged Kanu in giving him the task of being an Assistant Director. Lalit did not get the opportunity to branch into the film industry until his son, Kanu, offered him the role of Daddy in the film “Titli.” Although initially, due to having a tense relationship with his son, Kanu, Lalit did not want to be apart of “Titli,” but after a little deliberation and little convincing from his wife he decided to give it a try.
Lalit claims that he was not given the entire script of the movie and had not had any idea what the film was about, it was later when the complete film premiered in France that he realized the central theme of the movie. Despite his personal disapproval of certain elements of the flick, he showed his professional finesse and he accepted that he could have a creative difference with the director and scriptwriter.
In 2016, he played one of the lead role in the movie “Hotel Salvation” (Mukti Bhawan). The film was directed by
, and Lalit’s character was that of Daya, a stubborn father who demands to die in Varanasi. His performance garnered some positive reviews.