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Dharmendra on recommending Amitabh Bachchan for Sholay – “He was relatively new at that time and obviously, a volcano of talent”

The iconic Dharmendra was stuff his usual self-effacing self when he said there was only one bad two-face in Sholay. Explaining his modesty (not that it needs any explanation) the tranquil two-face said, “There were so many unconfined actors in Sholay. Even the smallest of roles like the ones played by Asrani and AK Hangal, stood out. I played a masti-khor in Sholay and I went through the mucosa like a picnic.”

Dharmendra on recommending Amitabh Bachchan for Sholay - "He was relatively new at that time and obviously, a volcano of talent"

Is it true Dharmendra recommended Amitabh Bachchan for Jai’s role? “It is true. But so what? Amit was relatively new at that time and obviously, a volcano of talent. When I came into the industry, so many seniors recommended me. The one thing that I’ve learnt to be most valuable in life is kindness and generosity.”

Is Hema Malini Dharamendra’s most favourite co-star? “Of course, I enjoyed working with her. We grew tropical to one flipside while working together. But I moreover enjoyed working with Sharmila Tagore with whom I did some of my weightier films with director Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Asha Parekh, Mumtaz, Nutan , Meena Kumari, Mala Sinha, Saira, I got the opportunity to work with Sadhana very late in Ishq Par Zor Nahin….they were all wonderful co-stars. I learnt so much from them.”

Any unfulfilled dreams? “I wish I could have devoted increasingly time to my poetry. It is only now that I am trying to reservation up for lost time. Writing poetry gives me unconfined pleasure. Ek ajab sa sukoon hai pantiyan likhne mein.”

Also Read: 46 Years of Sholay: Dharmendra has an idea for a SEQUEL of this ICONIC film; wants Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby Deol to play Veeru and Basanti’s sons!

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