On a sweltering Saturday noon when everything outside seems still, one of the rooms at Taj hotel in Sector 17 is abuzz with activity where actor Dharmendra is set for an interaction with the waiting media.
He begins with his upcoming film Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, which will be released on June 7: “When we made Apne, people said it was a good film but a very emotional one. Next, we experimented with comedy — Yamla Pagla Deewana. The film was such a success that we thought of making a sequel to it.”
Interestingly, the story of the sequel has been penned by Sunny Deol’s wife Pooja, says the senior Deol, adding, “Sunny’s wife is from London; she is the one who came up with the idea and wrote the basic script of YPD2.”
The 77-year-old actor has also done daring stunts in the film. “I have done sequences where I was required to jump from a certain height with a sling. I was fine with that because that’s what I have done for most part of my youth — like jumping off the Sirhind canal or the Kapurthala ‘pul’, I can still do that,” he laughs.
Talking about working with his sons again, the actor avers, “I enjoy working with them, but both of them are really scared of me. The instant we shoot our scenes, both just vanish into their chambers. I too used to be terrified of my father, who was a school teacher and a strict man.”
Talking more about father-son relationship, Dharmendra says, “I feel I crave for my sons’ attention and love all the more at this stage of life. I realise now that I should have spent quality time with my father who was happy with my success, but longed for my company in his later years. ”
The actor is also known to be close to his four daughters. “I love all my daughters, they are my world,” says the actor who outrightly rejects the possibility of working with his actor daughter Esha. “I don’t prefer to work with my daughters, and I also do not feel comfortable watching them onscreen.”
Talking about the camps in the industry today, the actor says, “The Deols are not a part of the main express way of the industry which is full of highs and lows. We have carved a parallel road and work according to our will. Who is number one or two is an equation that head calculates; our work comes from heart.”
While posing for the shutterbugs, this Punjab da puttar reveals he will soon be seen in a Punjabi film too: “I always want to be in front of the camera, that’s where my world is.”
…And Bob goes the heart!
Ruffled hair, casual attire and hued sunglasses — the youngest Deol boy looks easy breezy during the promotion of YPD 2, in Chandigarh on Saturday.
Lodging himself on a chair overlooking the Chandigarh horizon, Bobby Deol talks about the film, “YPD has become almost a franchisee for us. Our basic characters remain the same but the sequence of events and situations change. The chemistry among the three of us, however, remains sizzling as always. Interestingly, this time there is an Orangutan in the film who plays a full-fledged character.”
On not shooting in Punjab this time, Bobby says, “We shot in England and we found a Punjab in Birmingham! There is a small Punjab in every country.”
About resuscitating the Vijayta Banner (Deols’ home banner), Bobby says, “We are working on a couple of scripts; let’s see which one gets shortlisted. We are also working on a film called Cheers, a journey from Chandigarh to Manali. Work on the sequel of Ghayal is also on.”
Expressing his happiness on being in Punjab, Bobby says, “I am always so genuinely happy to be here. My elder brother [Sunny] is very fond of Punjabi food; he digs into all Punjabi butter-drenched delicacies. My stomach, however, doesn’t have such a strong support system.”
How about considering a Punjabi script, then? “We are looking for good scripts; if we get some, why not? My father always says that it’s an irony that we speak in Hindi!”