New Delhi, May 8 (UNI) His has been a long tryst with films, right from his debut in 'Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere' in the late 50s to his latest 'Apne', which featured him alongside his sons Sunny and Bobby on celluloid for the first time.
Today, even as cinestar Dharmendra completes a Golden Jubilee (50 years) in films, his love and passion for acting and cinema seems as strong as it was five decades ago when, as a young lad from Sanewar in Punjab, he came to the ''city of dreams'' Mumbai with stars in his eyes.
The last five decades may have seen him prove his mettle through a wide variety of roles in films traversing diverse genres -- from the intensely romantic portrayals in 'Raja Jani', 'Aaspaas', 'The Burning Train' and the recent 'Life In A Metro' to his comic portrayals in 'Chupke Chupke', 'Naukar Biwi Ka', 'Seeta Aur Geeta' and 'Dillagi' to his ''larger than life'' action portrayals in 'Sholay', 'Dharam Veer', 'Elaan-E-Jung', 'Tehelka', 'Main Inteqaam Loonga' and the recent 'Apne', but the desire to be in front of the camera refuses to die.
''Acting and doing films is a passion. Exactly 50 years ago, I came to the city of dreams Mumbai to make it as an actor in films.
It was my desire, through films, to give to the people of India the boundless love that nestled in my heart and, in turn, get their love.
''I am blessed that over the last five decades, I have been extremely fortunate to have received lots of love from cinegoers over the years which is what has made me what I am today. I want to continue in films for it is here that I got such tremendous love and affection from people. I want to continue to get the love of my fans,''the cinestar-turned-Lok Sabha MP told UNI here.
A five-decade-long illustrious career may have seen him prove his versatility through roles in films like 'Chupke Chupke', 'Raja Jani', 'Sholay', 'Dharam Veer', 'Elaan-e-Jung', 'Loha' and 'Apne' but Dharmender regrets that the awards have been eluding him despite the fact that he has given one of his best performances in films like Hrishikesh Mukerjee's 'Chupke Chupke', 'Anupama' and 'Satyakam'.
''A few years ago, when I was given a lifetime achievement award by Filmfare, I mentioned in my speech that every year I used to get suits prepared in anticipation that I would get an award that year.
''What surprised me, that, in initial years of my career, when I gave some of my best performances in 'Satyakam', 'Chupke Chupke', 'Anupama' and 'Phool aur Pathar', I did not get any award. In fact, it almost seemed that awards were allergic to me. Eventually, I became allergic to awards,''Dharmender says.
In this context, he informs that he did not want to receive the Lifetime Achievement award the year he was chosen for it by Filmfare.
''I did not want to receive the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award as I felt that it is like being relegated to a state of retirement, a word that is not in my dictionary. I want to be in films all the time. In fact, I still feel as young as I was when I just started out in films,''he says.
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