Dharmendra: Everyone tries to make it big in the West; it never looked worth it to me

Actor Dharmendra talks about the growing fascination for Hollywood among young Bollywood actors and why working in the West never appealed to him.

bollywood Updated: Jun 10, 2017 16:51 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Actor Dharmendra says he was never tempted to work in Hollywood.

A lot of Bollywood actors are trying to expand their acting career by working in Hollywood films, but veteran actor Dharmendra feels that working in a foreign land is not worth the struggle.

“Everybody tries to make it big in the West but it has never looked worth it to me. You are the best in your home and your homeland with your people. When you are in India, you are the most loved person. There is hardly a chance that you can get the same love from people anywhere else. If you get a chance and you get popular, then you get lost in that fame. Your career is not successful anywhere as it is when you live in your own country with your own people,” says Dharmendra.

In times when film and celebrity publicity, and PR machinery has become a norm, every celebrity has taken to social media in order to expand their reach. However, for the 81- year-old actor, celebrity status is not about being available for everyone and everywhere.

“We never used to go out too often. Tab kadar kho deta tha roz ka aana jana, aaj kadar badha deta hai roz ka aana jana. What you give people, they get used to it. We used to think how would Dilip Kumar be in real life, how would Madhubala ji look in real life. Our culture and our etiquette are breaking down now,” says the actor, who has delivered cult classics such as Sholay (1975), Dream Girl (1977) and Chupke Chupke (1975).

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First Published: Jun 10, 2017 16:51 IST