“Rule diya yaar, tumne mujhe rula diya."
Bollywood legend Dharam Singh Deol, famously known by his stage name Dharmendra was taken back to a time in his life where he was tirelessly struggling to earn a living.
The veteran actor recently made an appearance on the singing reality show, Indian Idol 11.
Contestants on the show took Dharmendra down memory lane with a heartfelt performance to the song ‘Kal Ki Haseen Mulaqat Ke Liye’ from his hit film Charas (1976).
Dharmendra got nostalgic as he remembered his struggling days and cherished memories. He said:
“In my earlier days, I used to live in a garage because I didn’t have a proper home in Mumbai.
“To survive in Mumbai, I worked in a drilling firm where I was paid Rs 200 (£2.17) and to earn extra money I used to do overtime.”
Earlier, Dharmendra appeared on another singing reality show, Superstar Singer on Sony TV.
Dharmendra was left in tears when a video showcasing his journey was played on the show.
Dharmendra ji couldn't stop his tears when the #SuperstarSinger stage showed the world his journey and struggle to the film industry. Watch him and the #DhamakedarDeols this weekend on #SuperstarSinger at 8 PM pic.twitter.com/amhxCvpcDF
— Sony TV (@SonyTV) September 12, 2019
Upon watching the heart-warming video, Dharmendra revealed how he had also dreamt of becoming an actor.
Dharmendra said: “Rule diya yaar, tumne mujhe rula diya. (You made me cry).
“Yahi mai khwab dekhta tha yahan aane ke. Us pulp e jaata hun to us pal se kehta hu ki Dharmendra tu actor ban gaya yaar.”
(This is where I dreamt of coming to showbiz. Even today, whenever I visit that bridge I say, Dharmendra you became an actor).
He continued to mention how he goes back to visits the bridge as he is emotionally attached to his village soil. He said:
“Us pul se ja ke kehta hu ki mere khwab pure hog aye. Aur ye gaaon ki mitti ke kann kann se juta hun.”
(I tell it to the bridge so that it knows that I have achieved my dreams).
“Hum waha partition se pehle se rehte the. Mai to jazbaati insaan hun, tum mujhe waha le gaye jaha mere jazbaat ubhar ubhar ke baahar aa rahe the.
(I am attached to the soil of my village. I am an emotional person and you took me to a place where all my emotions belong).
Superstar Dharmendra was last seen in Second Hand Husband (2015) but continues to remain active behind the scenes of showbiz.
Undoubtedly, the legendary actor has overcome a difficult journey to achieve his superstar status and it is certainly inspiring to many of his fans worldwide.