I am a very emotional man: Dharmendra
Mumbai: At 75, Dharmendra has not lost one bit of the charm that made him a heartthrob in his younger days and the actor continues to be a romantic at heart.
"I have been a very emotional man in my life and I think it makes you feel life more intensely," says the veteran star, who is otherwise, known for his rough and tough image onscreen.
The actor, who often breaks into poetry to explain things, says he is still working on his mistakes.
"I have led a happy life and I am still working on my mistakes. Par jab peechhe mud kar dekhta hoon to kuchch tasalli si nahi hoti (there is a sense of dissatisfaction when I look back). I could have done some things better but I think we all experience this," Dharmendra told PTI.
Ask him about his regrets and the actor gets reflective.
"My biggest fault was that I never said no and sometimes signed movies which I would not have done otherwise.
My family said don`t do this picture, I agreed and the movie became a huge hit. I have listened to other people more than myself," he adds.
Hema Malini is directing him in `Tell Me O Khuda` but the actor says they cease to be family during a shoot. The film marks Esha Deol`s return to the big screen after a gap and Dharmendra hopes that the father-daughter chemistry will work at the box office.
"When you are facing the camera, your shot is the most important thing. It is like any regular film. But yes, working with your family, you tend to express your emotions better because there is a sense of reality to it," explains the actor.
After creating magic in `Yamla, Pagla, Deewana`, Dharmendra is teaming up with Bobby for `Cheers`, which he says is again about father-son relationship. There is also a sequel to `Yamla, Pagla, Deewana`.
"The action will move to London this time. A thief never changes and the father-son are planning some fresh mischief in the sequel."
One thing that Dharmendra says will not happen in his movies is the bad language. The actor, however, acknowledges that there is no space for formula in cinema now.
"We used to have formula and people liked it but they don`t want predictable thing anymore. Even I don`t want to see that. Pictures should be closer to reality. But yes, words have become vulgar. It is difficult to watch a film with family now a days. We should not use bad words because they affect children badly," says the veteran star.
Dharmendra dabbles into poetry a lot these days and hopes to turn his words into a book.
"I sometimes write my own scenes to maintain the flow. There will be a book. It will be reference to context."
Dharmendra, who will be judging Colors show `India`s Got Talent`, says he received offers to appear in reality shows earlier also but nothing appealed him.
"It is not a dance or singing reality show. People with any talent can come here and that`s what appealed to me. I understand the feeling of a contestant because I have come from one such contest. But it is very heartbreaking to say no. I try to be as gentle as possible," he says.