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Dharam scouts for talent on TV

tv Updated: Jun 10, 2011 13:58 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Actor-producer Dharmendra who will soon be seen as one of the three star judges on TV show India’s Got Talent’s third edition on Colors has decided to keep his eyes and ears open to look out for some talented boys and girls. Reason: he plans to cast them in roles in a few movies that are being produced under his banner Vijeta Films.

Confirming the news, he says, “A talent hunt made me who I am. So, 50 years later, it’s my turn to help some others become the Garam Dharams of the future.”

Years ago in the 1950s-60s, the actor participated in a contest organised by a leading periodical that was adjudged by Bimal Roy and Guru Dutt. “They had promised to ferry me from Punjab to Mumbai and back, first class. I was afraid, what if they didn’t pay for the tickets. Because as a farmer’s son, I didn’t have the money, I came travelling in third class, stayed at a five-star hotel and was eventually selected and offered work,” reminisces Dharamendra, adding that destiny had a lot to do with it.

After the contest, he landed Bandini (1963) and a few others that made him a popular actor. “If the contest hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have become who I am. So, today if God has blessed me with a chance to witness some talent and help the worthy and in need, I consider it an honour.”

The actor, who says he’s been offered other shows in the past, will occupy the place that was vacated by filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor during season one and director Sajid Khan during season two. When asked if he’s aware of the format, Dharmendra, who was seen on the closing episode of Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 and the opening episode of Jhalak Dikkhlaa Jaa 4, says, “I’ve seen it in portions and I like it. I will enjoy this show because there are varied kinds of talents that I will get to judge. Maybe a body builder who reminds me of my youth will get a chance to become a hero in my next production.”