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Dharam’s talent hunt
Navdeep Kaur Marwah, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 12, 2011
First Published: 17:32 IST(12/7/2011)
Last Updated: 16:07 IST(13/7/2011)

Even at the ripe age of 75, veteran actor Dharmendra is not afraid of treading unexplored territories. Bollywood’s original ‘He-Man’ is set to make a grand entry on television, albeit in a different role. He will be judging the upcoming season of Colors’ talent-based reality show, India’s Got Talent, along with actors Kirron Kher and Sonali Bendre. The actor talks about TV, films and more in a freewheeling interview.

On India’s Got Talent
To be honest, I had said no to a few reality shows earlier. Even with this show, I was initially reluctant, but its concept inspired me to go for it.

DharmendraOn turning to TV
I never had reservations about venturing into television. TV turned my younger brother Amitabh Bachchan into Big B, thanks to Kaun Banega Crorepati.

On Hema Malini
It was great working with her on Tell Me O Khuda (Malini’s directorial venture). When we are on sets, we do our work as true professionals.

On Esha Deol
It is a wonderful experience working with my daughter. Esha and I have some beautiful emotional scenes in Tell Me O Khuda. 

On reunion with Big B
I would love to work with him. However, we will have to work it out, as he has his own commitments. But, I’ll be lucky if we get a chance in between.

On the changes he has seen in the industry
The fact is that things have changed drastically from my time. These days the films are real to life subjects, the stories are unpredictable, but it is painful to see the treatment that is being given to certain subjects, specifically the language.

On Ghayal 2
Ghayal will be better than the original. It is going to be the most emotional movie. I am very confident about it.


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