Today is Dharmendra’s birthday so check out his Filmfare Interview from December 2000.
Dharmendra’s life has been a roller coaster ride. The several ups and downs in his career, his struggle and the following success have their own story to tell. The second half of the 20th century saw the emergence of several superstars in Hindi cinema. Dharmendra was one of them. Having made his debut in 1960 in ‘Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere’, he has survived as an actor since proving his abilities repeatedly. His films and the characters he portrayed are still very much alive in public memory. I met up with the veteran actor to ask him about his experiences in the industry
Everyone prays to their favourite gods to help them succeed. Whom did you pray to when you first joined the film industry?
(Laughs) Don’t laugh. I know you’re supposed to pray to deities but I prayed to the Frontier Mail that it should speed me to Bombay. I was petrified of my father. So when I came across a copy of Filmfare which announced the United Producers talent contest, I hid it under my shirt and smuggled it into the house. I filled up the form and quietly sent it off.