Dharmendra: Agreed to Karan Johar's 'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani' because I've a fantastic role

Written By: Subhash K Jha WION Web Team
Mumbai Published: Nov 16, 2021, 12:41 PM(IST)

Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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The legendary prolific superstar Dharmendra has never worked with Karan Johar and Dharma Production before-until now.

The legendary prolific superstar Dharmendra has never worked with Karan Johar and Dharma Production before- until now. He will be seen in a pivotal role in Karan Johar’s next directorial 'Rocky Aur Rani  Ki  Prem Kahani'.

Speaking exclusively to this writer, Dharmendra, who in his distinguished career has worked with the greatest of directors including  Bimal Roy, Hrishikesh  Mukherjee, Asit Sen, Raj Kapoor and  Ramesh Sippy says, “Karan has offered me a fantastic role. It not only suits my age  and image, but it is  also the kind of lovable character that  my fans like to see me play.”

The original he-man of Hindi screen reveals his audience doesn’t like him in grey roles. “I played grey just once in 'Ayee Milan Ki Bela'. Mere chahne walon ko achcha nahin laga(my fans didn’t like it). From then onwards I have avoided dark negative roles. My character in Karan’s film is a man everybody will love.”

What’s more, Dharamji has worked with the most spectacular range of heroines from Nutan, Suchitra Sen, Jayalalitha(yes, the late chief minister of TN)   to  Waheeda Rehman. Asha  Parekh, Sharmila  Tagore and  Hema Malini, says he’s overjoyed to reunite with two of his favourite co-stars in Karan  Johar’s film.  “I’ve worked with Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi before. I was the leading man in Jaya’s first film 'Guddi', and then we worked together in 'Samadhi' and  'Sholay'. In 'Sholay', I didn’t have many scenes with her. But during its shooting, I spent a lot of fun times with Amit and Jaya.”

Jaya Bachchan to play negative role in Karan Johar's 'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani'

As for Shabana, Dharamji lights up. “We did a  film together called 'Mardon Wali Baat' directed by a really good man Brij Sadanah. We were supposed to do another film 'Bichchoo' together. It was a lovely subject to be directed by Sai Paranjpye. Sadly it never took off. Now, look at destiny! We’re going to work together in Karan’s film.”

So which of the two ladies is he paired with? Dharamji won’t say. “You will have to wait for the film to know what exactly I play and the relationship I share with these two beautiful actresses. All I can say  is, I’ve never played a character like this before.”

He is also looking forward to working with the young cast of  'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani'. “Ranveer is full of energy and so talented. And Alia, bahot hi pyari bachchi hai. It will be good to work with stars of the new generation. Karan’s entire team is fresh enthusiastic and raring to go. I can’t wait.”

Karan Johar to direct Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt in 'Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani'

Before I bid this dear man adieu I ask him why he never worked with Karan Johar before.

Dharamji answers, “That is irrelevant. What is relevant is that we are working together now, and I promise you it will be a  film my well-wishers and fans will like. I’ve always been hungry for the love of the people. Luckily for me, I’ve always received an abundance of love. The more I received the more I  craved for it. To this  day I am that boy from the village  in Punjab  who came  to  Mumbai with  stars  in  his  eyes and  a heart  craving for love.”

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