Bade shauq se sun raha tha zamaana, hamin so gaye dastaan kehte kehte
. (The world listened rapt in attention, I dozed off before completing my story.) That’s something I don’t want to happen to me.” So veteran actor Dharmendra who turned 75 on Tuesday, ensured he marked the day with another landmark in his film career. He completed his 50 years in Bollywood. “It’s strange, but it feels like yesterday… I came to Bombay from Punjab. Never feels like 50 years,” says the actor.
His excitement to see himself on the screen, too, remains just as it was five decades ago… when he landed himself a film role through a Filmfare talent hunt. “Please tell me people still want to see me on the posters. I know it’s very childish, but the urge to see yourself everywhere is something you can’t take away from an actor even after 50 years,” Dharm-endra says a little embarrassed. And the actor puts in a lot of effort to see he’s fit for that — with a strict regimen of Pranayam, Yoga and cycling.
His much-awaited Jahnu Barua-directorial, Har Pall is ready for release next year. Also in the scripting stage is home production, Cheers. “It’s a comedy, which Sangeet Sivan is directing with Bobby and me.” There’s also Masters, an action-comedy to be directed by Anil Sharma, where all the three Deols team up, and Sunny’s directorial,
with Shilpa Shetty and him.
While he’s on ‘family matters’, we bring up his daughters and the daddy in Garam Dharam gets emotional. “My boys are settled. Now I want to see my daughters settled. We are looking for good boys for them. Let’s see.” He also says he’s extremely proud of nephew Abhay Deol. “He’s a better actor than all Deols combined. And he has a knack for marketing. He’ll do very well.” Coming back to his birthday, how did the patriarch spend the day? “I don’t celebrate it since my mother passed away. Just family and friends got together. Nothing much.”