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Dharmendra: Acting Is Not My Profession, It’s My Love

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Last evening we caught up with the lead cast of Yamla Pagla Deewana – Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Kriti Kharbanda. The actors spoke at length about their upcoming movie.


When we were in conversation with the senior Deol a.k.a. Dharmendraji, he spoke to us about his love for acting, working with sons once again, sharing screen space with Shatrughan Sinha, movie promotions, stardom as well as a biopic on his life.

Here are some excerpts from our conversation with Dharmendra:

When Papa Deol was asked about his return to the silver screen, here’s what he had to say,

“I don’t feel like I was away. I feel I am here only.”

He continued,

“This is a place with potential to be loved, to be liked, to be admired – I think this is the only place where you get the maximum. Mai aapse yeh kehna chatahu ki mai yaha shaurat ke liye nahi aaya tha, mai paise ke liye nahi aaya tha. Maine Dilip saab ki picture Shaheed dekhi toh mere dil mai baas gaya woh, toh I start thinking ki ye wo khobsurat haseen shazade aur apsaras kaha rehte hai – I belong to them, I should go to them. Tab se shuru kar diya maine kaam karna”

Further talking about acting he said,

“To me acting is reaction.”

“Jazzbati insaan jo hota hai woh fast react karta hai,”

he added.

Talking about the bygone era, Dharmendra paaji said that,

“I miss my people. I miss my colleagues. Kabhi kabhi jab mai studio mai jata hu I just think of them.”

Further commenting on the movies of this generation the He-Man of Bollywood said,

“Movies according to this generation are very much to the point. I think they are very good according to the today’s audience. Yeh badalte rehte hai, bade chaloo hai yeh audience.”

Talking about today’s films and actors Dharamji said, they (the films) are all good, Ranbir is a fine actor, Ranveer Singh is a fine actor.

Talking about stardom he said that in the earlier years coming in front of the cameras (paparazzi) was for love and to connect, but today it is fake – just for show.

Trivia: In 1978 Dharmendra had given 7 hits.

Talking about this he said that he worked so much at that time, that looking at the hours he put in the labour board could have arrested him. Concluding the point, he said,

“I’m still in love, I’m madly in love with it (acting). It’s not my profession – it’s my love.”

Speaking about sharing screen space once again with yesteryear actor Shatrughan Sinha, Dharamji said,

“I loved it. It was Bharat milab.”

Talking about promotions and its effect on films today, the Sholay actor said,

“It has started affecting.”

Keeping in mind the current trend of making biopics, we asked the veteran actor if we will be seeing a movie made on his life. And can you believe what he answered? Well, he said no. Here are his exact words: Mera nahi banega.

Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se is the third installment on the YPD series. It stars the three Deols – Dharmendra, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol. Also starring in this part is actress Kriti Kharbanda opposite Bobby. This comedy filled film is set to hit cinemas on 31st August.

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