Even before India’s Got Talent 3 wrapped up, actor Dharmendra had started promoting his wife, Dreamgirl Hema Malini’s directorial debut, Tell Me O Kkhuda, featuring his daughter Esha Deol opposite model-actor Arjan Bajwa. He reveals that he too harbours a dream of becoming a director some time soon. And at the moment, he’s penning, what could be called his first movie script, that he doesn’t intend to direct but definitely plans to be a part of it in the capacity of an actor.
“I’ve started penning it,” says the 75-year-old, who’s also into poetry big time, and loves to spend time writing two-line or four-line couplets or shayaris at his Juhu residence. “It’s a love story involving three key characters: a handsome guy who falls in love with a girl, the girl who thinks he’s only flirting and passing time, and isn’t serious about her, and an elderly character who thrives on a dream to become a Bollywood actor, for which he even travels to Mumbai to try his luck.”
The actor, who has spent over four decades in showbiz, however, doesn’t plan to direct the story he’s passionately penning at the moment. “I’ll give it to someone else but I haven’t decided who would that be. There are so many talented directors around. Once the script is ready, bound and sealed, we’d see whom to hire to direct,” asserts Dharmendra, who’s also going to be a part of his home production, Yamla Pagla Deewana’s sequel.
“Every artiste who knows how to evoke appropriate reactions, how to light up a floor, and what kind of a frame would work for a particular scene, is capable enough to direct. I feel, with the kind of experience behind me as an actor, even I can direct but it won’t happen immediately. If I ever find the right script and the time, I would like to direct my own film.”
For now, the actor is also kicked about a scene and dialogue he’s written for his daughter’s upcoming Diwali release. “It’s a tear-jerking moment in the movie,” says Dharmendra, adding, “If I let the cat out right away, it will take away from the movie. So, I don’t want to reveal too much about the scene. But I must say, I had fun.”
‘Want to see Esha married’
As the doting daddy, Dharmendra is more than anxious to see his daughter, actor Esha Deol, wedded. Even before wife Hema and he find the groom, he’s already weaving plans for the big day in his daughter’s life. However, it’s all a secret for now. “I’m no different from the other fathers. I have some plans for my Esha’s wedding which I will reveal soon. I want to see her married,” says Dharmendra, who is sharing screen space with her for the first time in the film that’s loosely based on his wife Hema’s earlier production, Dil Aashna Hai featuring Divya Bharti and Shah Rukh Khan.