I WILL NOT LET ANY­ONE MAKE MY BIOPIC: DHARMENDRA

The veteran ac­tor says biopics are of no con­se­quence be­cause peo­ple even­tu­ally for­get stars

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur ■ yashika.mathur@htlive.com

From crick­eter MS Dhoni to box­ing cham­pion Mary Kom, and now ac­tor San­jay Dutt, biopics have been made in Bol­ly­wood on a num­ber of well-known per­son­al­i­ties. How­ever, the mo­ment you ask veteran ac­tor Dharmendra about a film be­ing made on his life’s jour­ney, he im­me­di­ately rub­bishes the ques­tion. Clearly he is not a fan of the for­mat.

“Mere pe biopic banega bhi nahi aur main banne bhi nahi doonga. (There will never be a biopic made on me and I will not let any­one make it). What is the need for it? I think it does not last in the minds of peo­ple,” he says and goes on to use a po­etic verse to elab­o­rate on the thought. In­ter­est­ingly, the 81-year-old has a life story that is straight out of a Hindi pot­boiler. He comes from hum­ble roots in Pun­jab and be­came one of In­dia’s big­gest cines­tars in the ‘70s. Add to that his in­ter­est­ing per­sonal life, in which he mar­ried ac­tor Hema Malini de­spite him be­ing mar­ried with chil­dren be­fore.

Ex­plain­ing why he does not be­lieve in biopics, he adds, “Peo­ple will write a book on you and make a film on you, but then they will move on to the next per­son.” He then asks, “Do you re­mem­ber any­thing about Dilip Ku­mar sa­hab? Till to­day, for me, he is the big­gest star of In­dia, but this gen­er­a­tion doesn’t know much about him.”

Dharmendra is cur­rently work­ing in an In­doAus­tralian short film, Dream Catcher, and is ex­cited about his grand­son Karan (Sunny Deol’s son) mak­ing his Bol­ly­wood de­but. Speak­ing about it, the proud grand­fa­ther says, “Karan is a shy boy, like Sunny. He is work­ing very hard, but there is al­ways some amount of ten­sion when it comes to mak­ing a mark in films. But it is im­por­tant to be tense be­cause it keeps you at­ten­tive. Even now, I feel tense about my work,” he says.

Do you re­mem­ber any­thing about Dilip Ku­mar sa­hab? Till to­day, for me, he is the big­gest star of In­dia, but this gen­er­a­tion doesn’t know much about him DHARMENDRA, AC­TOR

PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT

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