Dharmendra has just finished shooting with his daughter Esha Deol for the first time in Hema Malini‘s home production Tell Me Oh Khuda. And he just can’t get over her confidence level in front of the camera.
Dharamji who went straight from shooting with his daughter in Goa to shooting with his two sons Sunny and Bobby in Indore, recalls how intimidated Sunny was when he had to share screen space with his imposing father in Sultanat. Esha on the other hand showed absolutely no fear or nervousness in being seen with her legendary father.
Dharmendra saw his daughter act for the first time. And so impressed is he that he now wants to produce a film for her. Says the emotional father, “Working with one’s children is always an emotional experience. While shooting with Esha I was doubly emotional since this was the first time I saw her acting, and that too with me.”
Dharmendra says he couldn’t say no to an offer to work with Esha. “I did it for her. One can never say no to one’s children. Esha is very gifted. I felt very proud watching her in front of the camera. I also got a chance to meet up with my colleagues Rishi (Kapoor) and Vinod (Khanna) after a long time. So Goa was very enjoyable.”
While working with Esha for the first time was a breeze, working with Hema Malini again after so many years seems to make the superstar somewhat uncomfortable. There’s a role in Tell Me Oh Khuda of Esha’s mom which, Esha wants Hema Malini to do.
Dharamji is not too sure of how audiences would accept the golden couple of the 1970s and 80s who were last seen together in Jaan Hatheli Pe, 22 years ago.
Says Dharmendra shyly, “There’s a role for her. Let’s see if she does it or not. If people want to see us together again, it would have to be that way.”