At 75, `young` Dharmendra still yearns for more

Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 11:58 AM IST

Mumbai: Bollywood legend Dharmendra, who celebrates his 75th birthday today, says that despite his age and accomplishments he is still young, yearning for more from life and trying to find out why a human being never experiences fulfilment and satisfaction.

"Sab kuch paa kar bhi haasle zindagi kuch bhi nahi. Sab kuch pa kar bhi yeh dil dhadakta hai us dil ke liye jo dhadakta tha kuch paane ke liye," the actor told reporters.

"Pyar, mohabbat, duvayein apki senchete hai jazbat ko mere, isiliye aaj bhi main jawan hoon. 75 saal ka jawan hoon," he said.

Dharmendra, who completes a golden run on celluloid this year, said he did not view the film industry as part of his profession, but as a part of his life.

"It is my beloved and I don`t want to part with it ever," said the actor, who was last seen in `Apne` and `Life in a Metro`, both released in 2007.

"It is the way of life. There is nothing like showbiz. It is because of the love, affection and good wishes of my fans that I am a young boy of 75," he added.

The actor is all set to tickle the funny bones of his fans, along with his sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, in the film `Yamla Pagla Deewana`, which releases next month.

Dharmendra said he was born to spread love and happiness among his fans and added that he resolved to strengthen his relationship with them further in the coming years.

"Yeh mohabbat ka silsila chalta rahega," he said adding that it is human nature to be loved, liked and admired.

Dharmendra considers himself lucky because he was bestowed with more than what he desired. "I had asked for a flat, a fiat and prayed that my posters continue to be put up across the country," he recalled.

Sunny said his father`s 75th birthday celebrations would include a `havan` at home and a gathering of family, friends and relatives during lunch.

He said that despite having a successful career, his father has been a deeply rooted man who has touched the lives of people who have come across him.

"He never showed off that he was being nice to people. He was just being himself. He has been rewarded by fans. Their love and affection cannot be bought or manipulated," the proud son said.

He said since childhood to his growing up years, despite living in a joint family, his father was always around either personally or on screen.

"I can`t see anything beyond him. My grandparents were a great influence during childhood and mother has been like an iron lady," Sunny said.

The actor said `Yamla Pagla Deewana` was a tribute to Dharmendra`s golden jubilee as an actor.

PTI