Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol in a still from the film Apne.
Come Friday and Indian celluloid would for the first time see the three Deol men on screen in Anil Sharma’s Apne. The film, which is a story of a father and his two sons, has already generated a lot of hype due to the casting.
In the capital to promote his film, veteran actor Dharmendra talked about Apne, life, his family and Bollywood.
I have always been an emotional person and love has been something that has been a part of my life since my childhood. It’s in my genes. In fact, many a time I say that my brain is also my heart.
I’ve never taken my profession as a profession. Acting is beloved to me and I’ve always loved acting. Though I had been away from the scene for the last 10 years, I always wanted to return. Humain to bas yeh hee aata hai.
Apne is a family film. I take it as my comeback film. People can watch the film with their family and would love it. The film has a strong traditional concept, which makes the subject even more interesting.
Anil Sharma has put in a lot of effort in the film, which made us play our parts effortlessly.
<b1>Also, I think that today ego is a big disease and is affecting everyone. We don’t want to work with people who have big egos and attitudes. We’re simple people and therefore we want to work with people like us. Anil Sharma is like family and most of all, he’s a brilliant director. I’ve always believed that when you make a film it’s not ‘I’ but ‘we' that works for the film. You have to work as a team.
And I vouch that Apne will touch your heart. Please take your hankies with you.
There’s nothing like show business. I was dying to be in front of the camera. I was missing being seen on the big screen. Besides, it was also my desire to work with my sons but we never got such a beautiful subject as Apne, which gave all three of us well-etched characters.
It's not that we were not offered films but then the role was not good. Would you have wanted me to play Dara Singh’s part in Dillagi?
On enacting reality on reel:
I’ve never forgotten my roots and the place I belong to. I’ve always been very emotional and that’s what shows on the screen. So it was not difficult to play father to my sons. In fact, I loved working with them. And at the end of the day we’re all playing characters on the screen.
On working with family
I think the public gets curious to see your film if you are working with your family. I remember I was very curious to see Raj Kapoor’s films, which had his family members in them.
Also, I think star power definitely works. I used to wait to watch Madhubala and Dilip Kumar’s films when I was young.
<b3>Favourite films of Sunny and Bobby:
Bobby: Barsaat; he was so charming in that film with his long hair. Though I hate his long hair, it looked good in Barsaat. Main kainchi lekar daudta hoon uske peeche (I chase him with a pair of scissors)
Sunny: Betaab, Ghayal, Arjun, Damini
On working with Hema Malini again:
I would love to work with her again. In fact I wanted to bring the Veeru-Basanti jodi together for a sequel to Sholay. I had even thought of getting Veeru married to Basanti and taking the story from there.
In the film, Basanti and I have two kids. One is raised by Jaya’s character and grows up to be like Veeru (played by Dharmendra) and the other, raise by us, grows up to be like Jai(played by Amitabh Bachchan). I wanted Bobby and Abhishek to play them.
But there are so many 'Shamu ke Sholays' that are coming up today that I dropped the idea.
On working with Esha
I would love to work with Esha, but then there has to be a very strong subject which makes us work together, not something frivolous.