Legendary superstar and the He-Man of Bollywood, Dharmendra, is celebrating her 85th birthday. In his illustrious career of six decades, the handsome hunk delivered several blockbusters like Sholay, Dharam-Veer, Phool Aur Patthar, Ankhen, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Jugnu, Hukumat and many more. While he is always known as a director's actor, during the promotions of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas with Sunny Deol and Karan Deol at The Kapil Sharma show, Dharmendra revealed that he had once drunk dialled filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee for casting Rajesh Khanna in Anand instead of him.
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He said, "Hrishida had told me a story on a flight, Anand. While coming from Bangalore, he said to me that "we were going to do this" and "we were going to do that...." And then later I found out that the movie had started rolling with Rajesh Khanna in the lead role". Dharmendra added, "I didn't let Hrishida sleep the whole night. I told him, "You were going to give me the role, you told me the story, then why did you give him the film?" He kept telling me, "Dharam, go to sleep, we will talk in the morning". He would cut the line and I would call him back asking, "Why did you give him the role?"
On the professional front, the Yamla Pagla Deewana actor will be next seen in Apne 2, which also stars Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Karan Deol. Talking about the film, Bobby Deol recently told BollywoodLife, “There's a film (after Aashram 2) with my dad (Dharmendra) and my brother (Sunny Deol), Apne part 2, which we're working on the script for, so, hopefully, that should start mid-next year. It is going to be a completely different story (from 2007's Apne), but it is going to be definitely based on boxing.” Directed by Anil Sharma, the film is scheduled to hit the screens during the festive weekend of Diwali in 2021.
Here's wishing the legendary Dharmendra a very happy birthday!
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