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Here’s why Dharmendra used to eat onions while shooting with Asha Parekh

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Recently, veteran actor Dharmendra appeared on the singing reality show ‘Superstar Singer’ with his yesteryear co-stars Waheeda Rehman and Asha Parekh. As reported by IANS, the actor shared a funny anecdote of his acting days. On the show, the actor said, “Every movie of Asha ji’s was a super-duper hit and I used to call her Jubilee Parekh.”

‘Aaye Din Bahaar Ke’ was his first movie with Asha Parekh in 1966. Dharmendra said that he would eat onions on the film’s sets to hide the smell of the alcohol he had drunk the night before. He said, “We were shooting in Darjeeling, and after pack up the producers and other crew members would party till late in the night. I would also join the party and we would get drunk. In the morning the smell (of alcohol) would be quite evident, so to hide the smell I would eat onions.” But the actress didn’t like the smell of onions either.

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Dharmendra also told Parekh that after her suggestion he quit drinking. “I told you that I eat onions to hide the smell of alcohol, and you asked me to stop drinking. On your suggestion, I stopped drinking and we became very good friends. We are like a family and those days were lovely. The beautiful memories at times make me sad but the amazing experiences of the past help me cheer up,” said Dharmendra to his co-star.

Asha ji also appreciated the actor for keeping his promise to not drink anymore. Recalling an incident, she said, “There was a song in which Dharmendra ji had to dance in the water. Because it was so cold, he would turn blue. Every time he came out of the water, he would be offered brandy. However, he would look at me, because I had told him that if he drinks I will walk out of the set. This went on for two or three days, but he did not take a sip of alcohol out of his respect for me.”

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