Dharmendra shared an unseen photo of himself submitted to a talent show before becoming an actor. The veteran actor revealed that the black and white photo was given to him by Anwar, the grandson of the original photographer, Jaan Mohammed, who clicked his photos for the 1958 talent show. He eventually won the competition, but the film in which he would debut was never made. Instead, he made his acting debut with Arjun Hingorani’s Dil Bhi Tera Hum Bhi Tere in 1960. (Read also: Dharmendra smiles broadly as he celebrates Lohri with son Bobby Deol and grandsons Karan, Rajveer, Aryaman)
He shared the old black and white photo on Twitter and wrote: “A photo, which was still with Anwar… grandson of Jaan Mohammed who clicked my photos for the Filmfare talent show….… Today Anwar came to see me and showed this omitted photo… I grabbed it to show it to all of you. I hope you like it.” The actor’s fans, both young and old, reacted to the photo, sending love and wishes. One fan wrote, “Dear Uncle, your pictures don’t need words because they go beyond your admirable words.. (face with hearts, thumbs up and bouquet emojis).” Another added: “Handsome coolest actor, classy photo (red rose and folded hands emoji).”
Recalling his big break in films, Dharmendra had earlier told The Hindu how he had tried to join the film industry after arriving in Mumbai from Punjab. The actor recalled, “I was lucky enough to be spotted by none other than Bimal Roy at a Filmfare Talent Contest at Mehboob Studios in 1958. I was thrilled. I still remember Dev Anand, who was a top star at the time, personally invited me to his makeup room, shared his lunch with me, and inspired me by saying that he saw a lot of potential in me.
The veteran actor was last seen in Punjabi movie Jora: The Second Chapter in 2020. He also had a special appearance in Shimla Mirchi in which wife Hema Malini. He will next be seen in Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani in April 2023 alongside Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Jaya Bachchan and Shabana Azmi. Dharmendra also reunites with his sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol for Apne 2. Grandson Karan Deol will also be part of the project.
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