Dharmendra, one of the most popular acting juggernauts of Indian cinema, is all set to sizzle the silver screen once again with his forthcoming comic-caper Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se. Also starring his sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, the movie is a sequel to their 2011 hit Yamla Pagla Deewana, and is highly anticipated by the audience all across the country simply because it has the entire Deol family to entertain them.
Recently, we met Dharmendra at an upscale sea-side hotel in Mumbai and found out that even at the age of 82 he has the energy and playfulness of a young boy and the innocence of a child. His passion for cinemas has not weaned even a bit, because he looked as excited for Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se as he would, perhaps, have been for his debut movie Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere, which released more than five decades back in 1958.
Though the superstar is quite happy to be where he is today, he does miss the golden era of Indian cinema. During our recent interview with him, when we asked him about things he misses most about his era, the actor gets a little emotional and says:
“I miss my people. I miss my colleagues. Whenever I visit old studios, I cannot stop myself thinking about them. They all, as if by magic, appear in front of my eyes – Mehmood, Johnny Walker and all the artists who were working back then. It pains me to know they are not around anymore.”
Films studios where actors spend most of their time hold a special place in their hearts. Dharmendra also feels a special connection with all the studios where he used to work once. He says they were Gurukul for actors of his generation.
“Studios, where we used to work, were like temples for us. There were Mohan Studios, Natraj Studios. They were Gurukul for us. I am very attached to those yesteryear artists. I do miss my era.”
Helmed by popular Punjabi filmmaker Navaniat Singh, Yamla Pagla Deewana: Phir Se is set to roll into theatres on August 31.