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I never blew my own trumpet: Vinod Khanna in one of his last interviews

In one of his last interviews, given in January this year, actor Vinod Khanna spoke about his journey in the film industry and his favourite co-stars.

bollywood Updated: Apr 29, 2017 10:00 IST
As told to Ranjan Das Gupta
Actor Vinod Khanna said that Raj Sippy convinced him to do romantic scenes.
Actor Vinod Khanna said that Raj Sippy convinced him to do romantic scenes.(Photo: Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

As I was shooting the song sequence, Chodo Ji Nigahon Ka Ishara with Vidya Sinha in Inkaar, I was initially not confident. After all I was never a romantic. Director Raj Sippy convinced me and used my slow motion shots well to picturise the song. I am proud to declare I am Sunil Duttsaab’s discovery. He gave me my coveted break in Maan Ka Meet. Manoj Kumarsaab gave me ample scope to perform a well-written cameo in Purab Aur Paschim. However it was Raj Khoslasaab’s X-ray eyes which noticed my talents. Performing Jabbar Singh in Mera Gaon Mera Desh I achieved a strong foothold as an actor.

Till date my best film remains Gulzarsaab’s Mere Apne. My inner self was reflected very well in this social film. As quoted by the media never did a cold war exist between me and Amitabh Bachhan. He in all fairness is a fabulous actor. I enjoyed working most with Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha. I never believe I tread the wrong path by becoming a disciple of Acharya Rajneesh. During the restless period of my life in the late ‘70s, I found solace in his teachings. However later Vijay Anandsaab helped me to grow out of the influence of Acharya Rajneesh.

My return to acting with Insaaf and Satyamev Jayate was well received. My rapport was the maximum with Dimple Kapadia. Truly the best and most co-operative actress I have worked with. The other actress I respect a lot is Hema Malini. As a mature character artist I thoroughly enjoyed working with the enthusiastic, childlike Salman Khan. The song Koi Hota Jis Ke Ko Apna I lipped in Mere Apne speaks of my life. It taught me many things, especially not to blow my own trumpet.

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