A lesser-known AD then, an eminent lyricist now: Whom did Dharmendra apologise to in 1967? | Bollywood Bubble

A lesser-known AD then, an eminent lyricist now: Whom did Dharmendra apologise to in 1967?

A lesser-known AD then, an eminent lyricist now: Whom did Dharmendra apologise to in 1967?

Dharmendra’s old incident in year 1967

There are times when success, popularity and stardom may influence a star’s attitude, either in a positive way, or a negative one. But, there are some people from the tinsel town, who keep surprising us with their humility, be it their behavior with their fans or with the inconspicuous members of their film crew. Among them, Bollywood’s original He-Man, veteran actor Dharmendra is undoubtedly one such person who has left an deep impression on the minds and hearts of everyone he has worked with, in his five-decade long career. Recently, we came across a television program where noted scriptwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar, recalled an incident when superstar Dharmendra had apologised to him. Surprisingly, that time Javed Akhtar was far away from being famous and was working as an assistant director. Yes! You heard that right.

It was during the television program ‘Classic Legends’, which was hosted by Javed Akhtar, when he shared this incident, which took place during the shooting of ‘Yakeen’. This Brij Sadanah directorial featured Dharmendra in a double role, playing Rajesh and Garson. The character of Garson was the one carrying villainous shades and the only difference between him and the hero Rajesh was the colour of his eyes, which were blue in former’s case. While playing this role of Garson, Dharmendra used to wear blue contact lenses. (Also Read: When mere posters of Dharmendra’s movies cured his mother)

And one fine day, while the unit was setting up the shot, Dharmendra arrived on sets with his makeup done as Garson. After coming on sets, the actor asked for the scene that had to be shot. Listening to this, Javed, who was an assistant director then, hurried and gave the dialogue sheet to the actor. But, it was due to his hurry that he committed a mistake. He did not open the stapled pages to the sheet of the scene that the actor was supposed to perform. The actor had one look at it and he got irritated. In the same manner, he thrust the pages back at Akhtar, saying, “Aree! Yaar sahi page nikal ke do.” Akhtar, who was feeling thoroughly guilty at that point, immediately complied and found the right page, and gave the sheets back to the star. After some time, the spot boy called for Javed and told him that Dharmendra has called him. At this moment, Javed was a bit scared. He went to the actor’s makeup room and knocked on the door. The actor said, “Come in” and Javed entered the room.

What followed next took Javed Akhtar by surprise. Dharmendra said he was feeling bad the way he spoke in a slight rude manner and apologised to him for the same. He stated that after wearing those blue contact lenses, he feels uneasy as they cause irritation to his eyes due to which he spoke with him in that tone. Feeling guilty now, Dharmendra didn’t have any qualms in accepting his mistake and in apologising to Javed Akhtar who was only an assistant director then. Though this incident had happened in the year 1967, Javed Akhtar said (in his show) that he still remembered it due to the utmost inherent nobility that Dharmendra had in him as a person. Being on the stature of a superstar, this was something that showed his humble nature.

Indeed, this was an incident to remember.

Later, Javed Akhtar went on to become one of the most eminent scriptwriters in Bollywood along with his partner Salim Khan (Salim-Javed), and wrote films like ‘Seeta Aur Geeta’, ‘Yaadon Ki Baaraat’, ‘Chacha Bhatija’ and the most revered one of them being ‘Sholay’ that all starred none other than veteran actor Dharmendra in one of the lead roles.

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When an old wish of Anushka's mother was fulfilled, in an unbelievable turn of events

There’s no doubt that actress Anushka Sharma had a dream debut when she was cast opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in her first film ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. Following this, it was her third release ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ (2010) that proved to be a turning point in her career. And since then there has been no looking back for this gorgeous powerhouse performer. Time and again, she has proved her mettle as an actor, and even as a producer with films like ‘NH10’. Throughout this nine year long journey, Anushka’s family has indeed been her constant motivation and support that have always kept her going ahead.

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Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of Anushka Sharma where the actress revealed an interesting incident. Anushka revealed when she got to know that her mother Ashima Sharma always wanted her to be an actress.

It was during Anushka’s conversation on show ‘India’s Most Desirable’ when after listening to her mother Ashima Sharma’s message that had been recorded for her, the actress asked host Simi Garewal if she can say something about her mum. And then the actress went on to share this incident from the time when she had got the news of been signed on for ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. (Also Read: Did you know? Little Abhishek Bachchan found his mother’s films very depressing)

She said, “There was this one time I was driving back from Yash Raj Studios and I got the news, Adi (Aditya Chopra) told me. And I was driving back and I couldn’t drive anymore because I was crying. I was so happy.. I was crying. So I stopped… I stopped the car and I pulled over and I called my mother and I told her that I got this film. And you know what my mum told me? There’s this turtle that used to be there in my living room. It was I think some Feng Shui thing. You just open the turtle and you put something like a wish inside that turtle and you shut it. And when your wish comes true you take it out. So she never never told me about this. But then she came down after she heard that I have got the film she opened that and showed it to me. She’d written it there ‘I hope my daughter stars in a Yash Raj film’. I swear… it’s unbelievable. So I think somewhere she always wanted me to be an actress.”

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Upon hearing this, Simi reacted, “What are you saying?” Anushka added, “She said that she’d written this long ago, one thing for my brother and one thing for me.” Simi immediately asked if what was written for her brother came true as well, to which, Anushka nodded her head in agreement. And then when Simi asked Anushka if she (Simi) could write something in this magical, wish-fulfilling turtle, Anushka smiled and said, “You have to meet my mom right (smiles) she has some direct contact with God.”

Indeed, every parent wishes the best for his/her children and this incident is something that showcases this perfectly. Unbelievable, unforgettable, and totally lovable.

Check out the full interview of Anushka Sharma below:

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When a little Shahid found his mother Neelima Azeem crying and became her strength

For a young kid, it is really hard to believe and understand that his/her parents are getting divorced. This difficult time was hit on actor Shahid Kapoor, who was just three years old when his parents Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azeem got separated from each other. In his first growing years, Shahid lived and spent much more time with his mother in Delhi at that time. The actor mother believes that as a single divorced woman bringing up a child would have been hard for his mother but nobody can understand this better than her. But, as a mother, for Neelima Azeem her son Shahid turned her strength when he was just four years old.

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Recently, we stumbled upon an old interview of Shahid Kapoor. The actor had appeared as the celebrity guest on host Simi Garewal’s talk show ‘India’s Most Desirable’. And it was his mother Neelima herself who shared (through a special message) a heart touching incident between her and little Shahid. It was during the actor’s conversation when the host asked him that did his mother ever tell him about what she was going through, her kind of personal turmoil or did she not. To which, Shahid replied, “We were friends, so I mean we kind of spoke about everything. I spoke about how I felt, she spoke about how she felt.” (Also Read: Shahid Kapoor’s first heartbreak: Two most painful minutes of his life)

As he finished saying this, it was Neelima Azeem’s voice that was heard then. Her message recorded for him was played on a LED TV screen where she said, “Something so personal I want to share here with you is that when he was only four years old I mean obviously there were moments when at night I used to you know sometimes let go of the pain and the fears that come along with the divorce especially when you are as young as that. And I remember that I was… he found me crying maybe at some late hour at night and he took me on his chest at four years and he said ‘Mumma why you crying you know Main Hoon Na.’ I mean literally that film came (later on) and he said ‘Main Hoon Na’. And I don’t know from there onwards it just.. it just hit me that he is there with me you know and there is nothing to worry.”

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On hearing this, Simi immediately asked, “Even now! You’re still there for her.” Shahid took a slight pause and replied, “I hope I am. But, when you become an adult and when you start working around the clock I always live with the guilt that I don’t give enough time to my family. So I hope I’m there for her.”

Shahid even mentioned in the show that his mother Neelima had never made him feel a hard time and her pain, being she was very good with that to hide.

Indeed, it is such a heart touching incident to remember shared by Shahid’s mother.

Check out the full interview of Shahid Kapoor below:

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