He's 72. Actor, producer, member of Parliament, father, husband, grandfather, Dharmendra has played all the roles.
He shares screen space with sons Sunny and Bobby in Anil Sharma's Apne. We catch up with the veteran actor for a quick q and a.
So is Dharamji making a comeback?
Sometimes, I feel I was never gone. When I see the way people react on meeting me, I feel I've always been there. Every individual knows his capacity, I'm no exception.
But I have always kept a very low profile, not gone ahead and spoken about myself in the press and all that. I'm sure one day people will realise that I was always there and all my wishes will be fulfilled with just one film.
Do you think your low profile has brought on controversies, the latest is that people of your constituency are cribbing that you have done nothing for them…
I'll submit a detailed report soon on what I have done for the people of Bikaner, things which they were dying for. Some major projects will be over soon, but I'm doing more for them. I have access to the ministers since they know me as Dharmendra and hence it's easier for me to get my work done.
I think your work should speak for you. My job is to do the best for my people and I don't care if I don't get praise for that. I'm doing my duty and God is watching. But I must tell you, politicians play dirty games. I never wanted to be in politics but again, it is my destiny .
<b1>In Apne, you're acting with both your sons.
Emotionally I feel very high about that. We finally got a very good script for which the three of us could work together. I hope the audience likes it.
How was the experience?
The father in me is always there and will always remain. But along with that, I'm also an actor, and that's where the success of an actor lies - to come out of the shell the moment you‘re in front of the camera. More than my sons and I, this film will leave an impact on people. When you see the movie you will feel elated.
Tell us about the Deol bonding… you guys still live together.
People keep telling me that it's very unusual.. but you know what, my sons feel very secure with us. We would feel very lonely without them.
The world is becoming so mechanical. People forget their relations and are only running after money, money and money . Their hearts have become brains. But mera dimaag abhi bhi dil hai.
How were Sunny and Bobby as kids?
Every person is blessed with a peculiar nature. Sunny's always been an introvert. I tell him to speak out, but he is so emotional. He can drink an ocean of sorrows.
Bobby is the youngest in the family. He was born to get much from everyone and he is getting it.
Now on a different note, Ram Gopal Varma is remaking Sholay. What's your take on that?
Half the war is won with the title Sholay. If you want to do something bigger than Sholay, why the hell are you keeping the name? They should have given it a different name. I still pray that they make a greater film. And more so because my younger brother Jai is in it.