At the cusp of completing 50 glorious years and approximate 250 Hindi films in Bollywood, Dharmendra is going to pen his autobiography. The veteran actor says, “I am making a travelogue about the journey of my life. It will have rare photographs, poetry and anecdotes.”
He informs that he aims to keep the soul and truth of his story intact, and has chosen to write it himself. He says, “I keep jotting down things that come to my mind. I have started writing memories I have from the age of two, things I remember from back then, and I have confirmed those with my mother. I don’t want to write it for the sake of it. The story should be able to touch people’s hearts. I can’t have a mask on. I am still the same Dharam from
Sahnewal (Ludhiana) and so are my sons.” Since the actor doesn’t understand technology well and hasn’t learnt to work on computers, he will get some one to take dictations and type from the manuscripts. Though Dharmendra hasn’t thought of a title for his life history, he says it will take him a little more than a year to complete it. He adds, “I am also planning to make other films so I am not sure if presently I can concentrate only on the book.”
The autobiography will be written in Urdu and translated into English, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and other languages. The actor’s latest film, Yamla Pagla Deewana, is slated to release today. Directed by Sameer Karnik, the comedy-drama features his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol. The trio is coming together for the first time after their last film Apne (2007) was a semi-hit.