In 1975, during the outdoor shooting of Ramanand Sagar’s Charas (1976), we were to be in Malta for weeks. And since I (Hema) was to be shooting with him (Dharmendra), my father insisted on coming along with me. Often, the cast and crew had to travel together in a car. My father was not happy with this at all. He would order me in Tamil – so that Dharam-ji would not understand what he was saying – to sit in one corner while he would try and sit in the middle. But Dharam-ji would make up some clever excuse or the other to get in from my side, so that I would end up sitting in the middle and he would be beside me!
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Motivational Story – This is what Dharmendra told Moushumi Chatterjee before signing her for ‘Ghayal’
I remember when Dharamji (Dharmendra) came to sign me for Ghayal and I told him, ‘Why don’t you take someone else?’ He said, ‘No one in your generation has the innocence you have.’