|Alma mater||Film and Television Institute of India|
Gilani was schooled at Bishop Cotton School, Shimla. He is a postgraduate from Delhi University having studied and taught English literature at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and studied at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune class of 1972, where Naseeruddin Shah and Tom Alter were his classmates.
He founded 'Motleys Productions', a Mumbai-based theatre company in 1977, along with Tom Alter and Naseeruddin Shah, and Waiting For Godot was their first play on 29 July 1979 at Prithvi Theatre, the play was revived in 2009 for group's 30th anniversary celebrations. He is currently hosting a quiz show on Disney Channel India, namely Disney Q Family Mastermind.
|2018||Laila Majnu||Ghulam Sarwar Bhat|
|2015||Bajirao Mastani||King Chhatrasal|
|2009||8 x 10 Tasveer||Jatin Puri|
|2005||Waqt: The Race Against Time||Film Director|
|1985||Mirch Masala||School Master|
|1985||Apna Jahan||Dr. Mukesh|
|1981||Plot No. 5||Rahul|
|1982||Batain Filmon Ki||as Anchor||DD National|
|1993-1994||The Great Maratha||Nawab Shuja Ud Daula||DD Metro|
|Tujhpe Dil Qurbaan||Sony|
|2002||Aamrapali||Played Aamrapali's father||Doordarshan||telecasted every Sunday at 11 am|
|2004||Sahib Biwi Gulam||Sahara One|
|Bhootnath||Bhootnath (title role)|
|2005–2006||Hotel Kingston||Govind Sahai||Star One||Thursday 9 p.m|
|2011–2012||Bunty Bubbly Ki Mummy||Prashant||DD National||telecasted every Monday & Tuesday at 9:00 pm & re telecast every Saturday at noon|
|Shamaa||telecasted Monday to Friday at 12:30 pm|
|Disney Q Family Mastermind||Disney Channel|
- "Adept actor". The Hindu. 19 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 November 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
- "Film and Television Institute of India". 16 August 2019. Archived from the original on 16 August 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
- "No 'Alter'native". Screen. 9 May 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2010.
- "Still waiting, for Mr Godot". The Indian Express. 21 August 1997. Archived from the original on 24 April 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
- "Centre stage". The Indian Express. 12 July 2009. Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
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