“For the past few decades, the Hindi movie industry has registered manifold increase, and with it largely influencing the life of people, it becomes more imperative that the cinema should offer an engrossing entertainment and a story with a meaning for the life that we live, for the society we live in,” observed legendary actor Dharmendra.
In the city for the charity programme ‘Sur Sangam-14’ organised by the artistes from medical fraternity, the actor shared with HT the memorable moments from his glorious journey from the sleepy town of Sahnewal to the glamorous Bollywood.
“The most tense moment of my life was after my screen test in Bombay, which soon turned out to be the happiest one as Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt called me in and said ‘Dharmendu, you are doing Bondini’. I have never looked back since, but have always been thankful to the Almighty. I have all along chased my dreams through hard work, dedication and disciplined approach. There were small opportunities in those days unlike today, when you can enter films or TV easily,” he said.
“Content is the king. Most films fail to create an impact on the audience despite good music or acting spells. Punjabi cinema is witnessing growth, but with focus on situational comedy and entertainment only, which sometimes defeats the purpose of meaningful cinema. Lyrics in films has lost its vitality as compared to songs like Aap ki nazron ne samjha.. and Jaane kya dhoondti rehti hain yeh aankhein..,” the actor said, while adding, “One must have proper analysis and introspection of his aesthetic potential before venturing into the film industry. Ye voh nagma hai jo har saaz pe gaya nahin jaata.”
Stating that his all- time favourite actor was Dilip Kumar and song remained “Jat yamla pagla deewana”, he added, “Despite being very far, I have always found inspiration from the rich cultural heritage of Punjab. I am pained to observe that the Punjabi youth is into drug addiction. I am working on a project on drug menace, besides a film, Second-Hand Husband.” “I hate the word ‘retirement’, as I have more to achieve. Jab se chala hoon meri manzil pe nazar hai, inn aankhon ne kabhi meel ka pathar nahin dekha,” the actor said.