Tom Alter is an Indian actor who has worked for noted filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray (Shatranj Ke Khilari) and has portrayed some memorable roles in films like Kranti, Sardar, and television serials like Junoon. He has also acted in the Hollywood movie, One Night with the King, with Peter O’Toole. His stage productions based on the life and work of Maulana Azad and Sahir Ludhianvi have won critical acclaim. He has published The Longest Race (2005), Rerun at Rialto (2001), The Best in the World (2003). He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2008.