He has played father to sons Sunny and Bobby on the big screen, and now, nine years after daughter Esha Deol made her Bollywood debut, yesteryear superstar Dharmendra will be seen in the role of her father in the upcoming film, Tell Me O Khuda. On Father’s Day, HT City caught up with the father-daughter duo, to talk about the experience.
“Working with dad was the best gift God could have ever given me. It was a lovely experience. We were professional in front of the camera, but got emotional while doing some scenes,” says Esha.
Talking about her relationship with Dharmendra, she says, “He is very protective, possessive and emotional. But he has slowly adapted with time, and trusts me with decisions.”
Though she confesses she was terrified of him as child, they are much closer today. “Now that I’m grown up, we share a lot more. In fact, he is the reason I am single. He is so good looking and warm hearted, that it is impossible to find anyone like him,” she says.
Despite their busy schedules the family finds time to be together. “We love to chat, go to our farmhouse and sit on a tractor or go hiking.” Of all the sweet things he has done for her, Esha’s favourite story is that of the day she was born. “The whole hospital had been booked, and I was the only kid born in that hospital,” she says.
Who is Bollywood’s best dad?
In a poll conducted by a matrimonial site on the occasion of Father’s Day, actor Amitabh Bachchan was found to be most admired celebrity father in Bollywood film industry. The poll, My Daddy Strongest, carried out by Shaadi.com received responses from over 85,000 people. Of the Southern actors, Rajnikanth topped with 47 per cent votes. As per votes, B-town’s top five dads are:
Amitabh Bachchan 67%
Rishi Kapoor 13.9 %
Anil Kapoor 9.4%