The Incredibly Rich and Varied Life of Kumar Pallana (1918 – 2013)
I recognized Kumar Pallana from his role in the movie The Royal Tenenbaums, and learned he had appearances in other Wes Anderson films. But I had no idea about the remarkable and remarkably rich life Pallana led, prior to him being in films.
Before meeting Anderson and the Owen brothers, Pallana was at one point an acrobat, a gym trainer, a yoga instructor, and also a juggler and plate spinner (whose talents led him to appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Mickey Mouse Club).
You can read more about Pallana in this interview, where he talks about meditation, and how he came to meet Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson. From juggling in Bombay to starring in major films – one very interesting life from a very interesting guy.