Dharmendra the poet

Known for his onscreen charm, the much-loved Dharmendra will soon be completing 60 years in Bollywood. And even as he continues acting, the veteran star reveals that he intends to publish a book of his shayari (poems, a hidden talent of his that not many know of.

By Noyon Jyoti Parasara
  • Published 10.09.18
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Dharmendra with son Bobby Deol

Known for his onscreen charm, the much-loved Dharmendra will soon be completing 60 years in Bollywood. And even as he continues acting, the veteran star reveals that he intends to publish a book of his shayari (poems, a hidden talent of his that not many know of.

He shares a few of the couplets with The Woods too, before agreeing that he should publish them for his fans.

“I will publish them in a nice way,” he says.

When did he discover this talent in himself? Pat comes the answer: “When the pain in your heart increases, it comes out.”

He shares a couple of more poems, including one about his first crush — Hamida, the daughter of a school teacher, who was older than him.

The childlike excitement is palpable.

The excitement is equal if not more when he talks about acting, his first love.

“It was my biggest dream to be an actor. Who does not wish to be a part of this industry? It is human nature  to want to be loved and this is the only place where you get the maximum love. I did not come here for the fame, or for the money. I had watched Dilip Saab’s film Shaheed (1948), and it stuck to my heart. I just wondered how could I become a part of this world… I belonged to this world,” he recalls.

In the last six decades of his career, a lot has changed.

“I miss my people, my colleagues. Many of them are gone and that pains me. For us, the studios were like temples. Mohan Studios, Natraj Studios… they were like Gurukul to me. Time keeps changing...”