AS THE MAN IS GETTING ALL THE ACCOLADES ON THE SMALL SCREEN, DHARMENDRA TALKS ABOUT HIS STRUGGLE IN THE INDUSTRY AND THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGED SINCE HIS HEYDAY

LIPIKA VARMA

Dharmendra made his television debut with the

reality show alt39 Indias Got Talentalt39 and his presence on the small screen has made the audience go crazy with the show getting a huge boost in its TRPs. From movies to television, the actor has made a transition of excellence maintaining his charm and persona.

In a candid chat, Dharmendra talks about Bollywood, his fans and future projects.

On change in Bollywood

I must confess, Bollywood has definitely improved a lot. Having said that, yesteryear films too have not lost their charm. Filmmakers are very much in awe of old films. I feel that films, whether old or new, should be made and presented with difference. There are a lot of new talents trying to make a mark in Bollywood. They are definitely hard working and have a lot of potential.

On his fans

Many of my fans come to meet me. It is touching to see the love and respect they have for me in their hearts. I am here only because of them. I have fans even in the eastern sector of Punjab as I belong there. I love them from the bottom of my heart. People from all over the world try to send me their love through my newly started website. Whenever Sunny, Bobby and I find some time, we write back to their queries. I donalt39t do it frequently but I make it a point to answer them. Bobby is really good at it and even Sunny spares some time off.

On his struggle in the film industry

I come from a village and it was very difficult for us to become a part of the film industry. I always cherished to be a part of the tinsel town.

Thanks to my mom who supported my dreams and if not for her I would have missed my train to Bollywood. I still remember I used to keep visiting studios and tried hard to get that one break. I had even applied for a talent contest and got selected. And from there on began my journey. I believed that if you have a strong will and can pursue it sincerely then there is no looking back in life.

On todays generation

Today the newcomers are getting a lot of opportunities and they surely are a talented lot. Television is such a platform which has an upper hand when one gets a chance to exhibit his or her talent. India has many talented kids who are determined to make it big in the industry. They donalt39t hesitate to try something different. Scope and talent go hand in hand. It is interesting to see when kids perform with great zeal on TV which is accessible to everyone. Bollywoods reach has extended internationally too. It is a matter of pride to watch our talents shinning all over the globe.

On his future projects

After alt39 Tell Me O Kkhudaalt39 I shall take a break. I want to do something different. Till then you guys need to wait and watch. Also I have the sequel to alt39 Yamla Pagla Deewanaalt39.

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