Heartbroken Delnaaz Irani Remembers Her Mentor Dinyar Contractor

Famous comedian, Dinyar Contractor passed away on June 5. TV actress Delnaaz Irani, who regarded him as her mentor, recalls the time when she met Contractor at the age of 16 and from there on how he mentored her for theatre

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Heartbroken Delnaaz Irani Remembers Her Mentor Dinyar Contractor
 Famous comedian, Dinyar Contractor breathed his last on June 5. The actor, known for his roles of Casino owner in Badshaah, Principal in Khiladi, died of multiple age-related illnesses. While his funeral was attended by close friends and family, TV actress Delnaaz Irani was also a part of it. The actress considered him as her mentor and was extremely close to him.

Reminiscing the days she spent with him, Delnaaz said, “I have fond memories of me, of our dear 'Dinsu' because he was very fond of food. He was a lovely man full of joy and laughter. And someone who would keep joking all the time. He was also very protective of his artists. We had done some wonderful plays together. My last one with was in 2017, I did a play called 'Powerful Couple'. He acted with me on the stage just 2 years back. So, I have a long journey with my mentor and whatever today I am on the stage, that is because of him.”

The actor shared the stage with Dinyar in plays such as I do, I don't, Hotel Motel Patel. They were also seen in some films such as Yes Boss and Hum Sab Baarati.

Delnaaz and Dinyar go way back. The actress recalls, “I was in my 10th standard and was just 16-year-old. He had come as the chief guest at an elocution competition. And I won that contest and he asked me, 'Will you be interested in doing stage?’ to which my mother replied, 'No, Dinyar my daughter is studying in the 10th standard, we will talk about it once she completes her 12th'. But even after that Dinyar uncle kept asking me when I was in my college. And at the age of 18, I did my first play with Dinyar uncle called 'kitty kitty Bang Bang' where there was 'Rohini Hattangadi' Ji and Anant Mahadevan, and he actually introduced me to the world of theatre. And he taught me everything, right from, how to stand on stage, how to modulate, how to project yourself.”
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