D Is For Dosti
How many of you feel a certain thumping warmth coursing within when Yeh Dosti... comes on? When Dharmendra turned 80 a few days back, Jai dropped in on that sidecar, the one that played truant, then came back. All for Veeru.
At the swearing in of the new government at Rashtrapati Bhavan, sports jostled with politics, industry and entertainment for a dekko at the loudest pomp and circumstance march in recent times. Was that the strain that tired the ever elegant Hema Malini and ruffled Shatrughan's gills? But no crush can faze the dude. Dharmendra had the air of one who's seen it all.
Shaadi @ Deoli Gaon
The original he-man is dwarfed among a random sampling of hunks, two of whom are conspicuously missing. Sis has eked out a fashion statement from a fracture. The bride does justice to those genes, and to RO water.
Jump In Step
How else to react to the music release of a movie called Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, but to break into an untrammelled bout of Bollywoodised Bhangra? Led by the age-defying gaiety of Dharmendra, the line-up includes Sunny Deol, Shahrukh, Hrithik and the one at least partly original stylist of current times, Aamir Khan.
Dara Singh (19 November 1928 - 12 July 2012), R.I.P. In this June 2, 2005 file photo, wrestler and actor Dara Singh, right, poses with Dharmendra, left, and then Madhya Pradesh Gov. Balram Jhakar, at the inauguration of a new cinema in Mumbai.
Old Dogs, Older Tricks
Tired if the hero-vamp angle is, its crowd-pulling quality isn’t. Whether Dharmendra-Neeru Bajwa equals turnstile-jumpers at the 1st Punjabi International Film Academy Awards in T. is to be seen.
Gravitas Is Attractive
If Manmohan Singh looks a little unsteady on his feet during the Padma awards in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Throne Room, blame lies not with the two-tonne chandelier overhead. Once-heavenly bodies still possess an irresistible gravity.
The First Khanate
The master and the ones who came after. Not that either Dharmendra (right, palming the knife) or Shatrughan Sinha (a mite late on the draw) could ever arrest viewers as did Dilip Kumar. The aura still holds, at 89. Is it any wonder that our gaze has been so wrested from his multi-deck chocolate b-day cake?
If the Hema Malini-helmed Tell Me Oh Khuda is intended to be daughter Esha Deol’s (re-) launching pad, isn’t it then too ambitious to retrofit it as a vehicle for Dharmendra and Vinod Khanna?