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I wanted to live that moment forever: Dharmendra on getting cast in"Bandini"

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

He is one of the biggest stars of Hindi film industry, but had his fair share of struggles during his initial days in the movies. The says his career defining moment was when legendary filmmaker Roy felt he was good enough to play Devendra in "Bandini".

The actor, who turned 83 on Saturday, reveals he was transfixed and could not eat his when Roy casually broke the that he was doing "Bandini", over a shared meal of "maach" (fish).

The anecdote finds mention in upcoming biography of the actor, "Dharmendra: Not Just a He-Man", by

(Dharam Singh Deol) had went to Bombay, as was called in the 1950s, tried luck and even left for home unsuccessful. Five years later, still dreaming of making a mark in showbiz, he returned to participate in the Filmfare-United Producers' contest for new entrants when luck shined on him.

"I remember restlessly waiting for the results on the day of the final test during the Filmfare contest. The great Roy was one of the judges, and his (who later directed Roy's 1968 production 'Do Dooni Chaar') was very fond of me. Debu sized me up and simply said, 'Hai baat! (There is something special in you)' while I waited," the is quoted as saying in the book.

A little later, Sen called him inside, stating that Da wanted to see the newcomer.

"I went in, and said, 'Come, come, Dharmendu' the name he stubbornly called me (by) stating that he was saying in his Bengali way'Your boudi (sister-in-law) has sent maach (fish)'," he said.

recalled that he was unable to swallow his food, as he was tense about the results and few minutes later, Roy casually stated, "Aur Dharmendu, tum kar rahaa hai (And Dharmendra, you are doing 'Bandini')!"

"Now I was unable to eat because I was so happy!" quipped Dharmendra, according to the book.

"There is always that moment that comes after months and years of struggle that you catch and do not want to let go! All my years of struggle coalesced into that one moment! I wanted to live it forever!" he added.

However, since "Bandini" took a while to launch, it finally became his sixth movie to release. But that short role which begins and ends in the first half of this iconic film is extremely dear to the

"Getting a role in a film was not a small thing, and my other was to be Guru Dutt, but that film, sadly, never happened. But I was starting out with the best!" Dharmendra said.

The book, by Rupa Publications, also reveals that two different climaxes were shot for the 1963 film which starred Nutan and

"See the beauty of the story!" the book quoted Dharmendra as telling the during an interview a few years ago.

"I, a doctor who also visits a jail, fall deeply in love with the girl prisoner (Nutan), the Bandini, despite coming to know everything about her past, as well as the fact that she is in jail for killing the wife of her lover. She also feels for me, but does not wish to spoil my life, which is just taking off," the actor said.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 16:30 IST